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Indigenous peoples and Nature
Monday, February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Presenter: Kelly Fran Davis is a Haudenosaunee woman from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She has been fortunate to have many amazing traditional teachers so far in her life. Her mother and Auntie held great honour and pride in being Haudenosaunee women and took every opportunity to share their knowledge with her. Kelly has been publicly engaging with many audiences for over 20 years. She currently is a part-time faculty member at Wilfred Laurier University and teaches the second year Teacher Candidates. Her course takes the students through the historical atrocities beginning 1492, first contact with settlers to current day Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada. She also includes understanding Indigenous pedagogy and provides guidance to the teacher candidates on how to Indigenize their curriculum and classrooms
Kelly will bring the wampum (treaty) belt teachings that are local to this region, including the Dish with One Spoon, Hiawatha Belt (Haudenosaunee Confederacy), Two Row wampum belt, and the Haudenosaunee – Anishinaabe Friendship Belt. Kelly will address impacts on Indigenous Peoples due to many historical atrocities including the legacy of the Indian Residential School system. She will close with sharing the ancient Haudenosaunee philosophy of the “Good Mind.”