Want to learn about Indigenous lands and issues in Canada?
Join us for a monthly series of online conversations from February – June 2021.
Host Adrian Jacobs, SSSC* Keeper of the Circle, and Indigenous elders from across Canada invite you to explore the cultural and historic foundations to today’s headlines. Join us for a series of online conversations in response to the Indigenous education mandates from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Final Report.
Registration: $25/session or $75 for the full 5-part series
Registration deadline is the Thursday before each session. Zoom links for each session will be sent to participants on the Friday before each session.
Session Descriptions below, or scroll down for poster.
SESSION 1: Mi’kma’kik Lobster Fishing
Saturday, February 20, 2021 – Note time zone: 11 AM to 1 PM, Atlantic Standard Time
Mi’kmaq Elder Terry Leblanc
An examination of the current issue of Mi’kmaq lobster fisheries and their foundation in the Mi’kmaki worldview and the historic Peace and Friendship treaties recorded in wampum belts and oral history.
SESSION 2: 1492 Land Back Lane Land Conflict
Saturday, March 20, 2021 – Note time zone: 10 AM to Noon, Eastern Daylight Savings Time
Oneida Elder Grafton Antone
An examination of the 1492 Land Back Lane land conflict in Caledonia beginning in 2020. From the wampum treaty making tradition to the 1784 Haldimand Proclamation we will examine the developments leading up to the current situation.
SESSION 3: Indigenous Child Welfare
Saturday, April 17, 2021 – Note time zone: 9 AM to 11 AM, Central Daylight Savings Time
Cree Elder Stan McKay Jr.
An examination of the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in the Child Welfare system and the underfunding of the same. Creative solutions from Indigenous initiatives will be featured.
SESSION 4: Indigenous People and Resource Development
Saturday, May 15, 2021 – Note time zone: 8 AM to 10 AM, Mountain Daylight Savings Time
Nakota Elder John Snow Jr.
An examination of the spectrum of Indigenous views on resource development and how these projects impact Indigenous communities. Employment and environmental concerns will be addressed.
SESSION 5: Traditional Lands and Environmental Protection
Saturday, June 19, 2021 – 8 AM to 10 AM, Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Gitxsan Elder Ray Jones
An examination of unceded Indigenous territories and traditional Indigenous duties to the lands and peoples. The long history of Indigenous resistance to colonial exploitation and the current vitality of Indigenous identity will be the focus here.
————– Sample Schedule
1. 9 AM to 9:50 AM – Background Segment
a. Introductions (10 minutes)
b. Historical foundation (20 Minutes) – A limited recitation of the historical background to the issue – dialogue of Elder and host
c. Culture teaching (20 minutes) – A foundational cultural dimension to the current issue of the Session – dialogue of Elder and host
d. Chat questions collected and then answered in the second hour
2. 9:50 AM to 10 AM Break
3. 10 AM to 11 AM – Culture Segment
a. Contemporary issue (30 minutes) – a recounting of the contemporary issue of the Session – dialogue of the Elder and host
b. Question and Answer (30 minutes) – Chat questions from first and second hour answered.