In addition to celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day annually on June 21, this year the date also follows both the Summer Solstice and a solar eclipse, marking a time of transition – for the changing of the seasons and also for creation. As such, it is a time for prayer and spiritual connectedness.
This June 21 at 12pm (noon) EDT, Indigenous Initiatives at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), the Centre for Indigegogy, the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at WLU, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) invite you to come (virtually) sit by the fire with Minogiizhigokwe / Kathy Absolon, Anishinaabe kwe storyteller and knowledge carrier. Through a fire and feast offering, Dr. Absolon will lead us in connecting to Indigenous teachings. Let's come together in spirit, heart, mind and body.
Due to physical distancing precautions, this event will take place virtually via the Zoom Video Conferencing platform. Please register via the Eventbrite page, and the Zoom link for the presentation will be shared with you by email prior to the start of the event. If you register for this event using an Eventbrite account, you will also be able to access the new dedicated Online Event page (by clicking "View online content" in your confirmation). This page will serve as a hub where you can access the Zoom link at the event time, as well as additional materials and links to additional resources.
Dr. Kathy Absolon is an Anishinaabe kwe from Flying Post First Nation. Her academic journey has been a pathway of unlearning, healing, re-learning and finding who she is as an Indigenous woman and what her place is in the academy. Her Anishinaabe name is Minogiizhigo kwe which translates to Shining Day Woman, the one who brings goodness and beauty to the day. Dr. Kathy Absolon is the Director of the Centre for Indigegogy and an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Social Work, Indigenous Field of Study.
Melissa Ireland is the Director of Indigenous Student Services at Wilfrid Laurier University. A Mississauga Ojibway woman with heritage from Curve Lake First Nation, Melissa oversees the Indigenous Student Centres; services and programs at the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Melissa is also a proud Laurier alumna and a passionate student affairs professional with a desire to integrate Indigenous ways of seeing, being, doing and knowing within university systems.
Corri Daniels is a Cree sixties scoop survivor from Gordon First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory. As Indigenous Events Support Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University, Corri’s role includes organizing key flagship events such as the Indigenist Research Symposium, weekly soup lunches and planning Indigenous Education Week activities aimed at promoting Indigenous education to the campus and community.