Thank you! Our 2019 Events were a huge success!
April 25 - Speaker Series Evening ARTS CELEBRATION at the University of Ottawa
Susan Aglukark sang/presented on the "Critical Role of the Arts in Reconciliation" with arts performances and National Challenge highlights. Also featured: Manitoba fiddler Oliver Boulette; Eagle Dancer JP Longboat; Hip Hop artist Justin Holness; Youth fiddler Quentin Lundie; Métis Prairie Fire Cultural Dancers, and throat singers Samantha Kigutak Metcalfe and Jasmine Doig.
Pictures from the Evening:
February 22 - Youth for Reconciliation Day at the University of Ottawa
250 students from all four Ottawa School Boards attended. Schools brought 4-5 students who were keen to engage in a legacy Reconciliation project in their schools or who belonged to a Leadership/Mentoring club or are a part of Student Council. It was open to Grades 7-12.
The Youth Day consisted of workshops and activities focused on advancing Indigenous awareness and education, the National Challenge and Reconciliation at the community level.
Pictures from the day as well as the Project of Heart final art piece created by all 250 students and educators:
We would like to thank our sponsors for 2019:
Métis National Council (MNC)
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education
Equity Knowledge Network
University of Ottawa
Ottawa Carleton District School Board
Ottawa Catholic School Board
National Arts Centre (NAC)
Rideau Park United Church
Ella Fontaine Richardson
Robin and Joan Bell
Lalande Managed Forest
Past Events and Activities
INDIGENOUS STORYTELLING & CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AT PLEASANT PARK SCHOOL
In 2009, parents and co-founders Margaret Embleton and Tim O’Loan began awareness-raising activities at their children’s school.
This led to the Màmawi Together Speaker Series...
THE MÀMAWI TOGETHER SPEAKERS SERIES
Stemming from the awareness raised by the activities at Pleasant Park School, the Annual Aboriginal Lecture Series was launched in 2012 at the request of parents at the school to involve them in more reconciliation efforts.
In 2015, the evening event became a multi-school, school Board, and volunteer initiative. It was renamed the Màmawi Together Speaker Series and featured a community education event with a lively question and answer period.
Past speakers have been:
2013: Trina Bolman, Legacy of Hope
Topic: "History of Residential Schools"
2014: Scott Serson Former Federal Government Deputy Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs
Topic: "Myths, Misperceptions & Reconciliation"
2015: Commissioner Marie Wilson, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Topic: "The Role We Can All Play in Reconciliation"
2016: The Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair
Topic: "The Critical Role of Education in Reconciliation"
2017: Minister Hon. Carolyn Bennett and Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair
Topic: “Responding to the 9 Student Challenges”
2018: Max FineDay Executive Director of the Canadian Roots Exchange
Topic: a 3-Part Event focused on responding to the youths’ Challenges presented last year.
Part 1: Màmawi Together National Challenge: To be launched nation-wide, to all schools.
Part 2: Panel Discussion on 'Engaging Truths in the Steps Towards Reconciliation’
Part 3: Youth for Reconciliation Community Day - Schools from all four Ottawa School Boards invited to attend.
Panel Discussion on 'Gender Equity and Diversity in Reconciliation'
Inaugural Legacy Project
The MÀMAWI TOGETHER art Mural
To honour the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report and Survivors of Residential Schools, a special collaborative art mural and education project took place in 2015. Algonquin Elder and Artist Albert Dumont collaboratively led all students of Pleasant Park School and some from Ridgemont High School in the creation of the mural at Pleasant Park School. When it was unveiled on June 10th, 2015, the broader community joined the act of reconciliation. This was made possible with the support of many parent, school and community volunteers, the City of Ottawa Paint-it-Up Mural Grant, and other community and business funders.
In 2017, the 5th Annual Màmawi Together Speakers Series was celebrated in two parts. Both focused on the critical role of youth in reconciliation and creating a new and more equitable Canada based on greater understanding, appreciation and action. At the evening event, students from the Youth for Reconciliation movement shared their personal commitments to reconciliation and presented the nine challenges that were an outcome from Youth for Reconciliation Day.
In attendance were Indigenous Affairs & Northern Development Minister Carolyn Bennett, Senator Murray Sinclair, Former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Honorary Patron, and over 500 members of the public.
Youth For Reconciliation Day
In spring 2017, to mark Canada’s 150 Sesquicentennial year and in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, 150 Indigenous and non- Indigenous students from both the Ottawa English Public and Catholic School Boards came together to start a Màmawi Together Youth for Reconciliation movement.
Personal commitments shared included pledges to:
Continue to be personally more aware and educated
Help raise awareness and educate others
Help empower Indigenous people
Use social media platforms to inform everyone about the positive aspects of Indigenous cultures.
Many indigenous students also committed to learn more about their culture and their languages, share that knowledge, and help to mentor others.
While many of the challenges demand the leadership of the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments, the Màmawi Together Challenge is directed at the educational system. We at Màmawi Together believe that schools, youth and the public have the power to make this happen.