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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

The City of Oshawa is partnering with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle and other local organizations to host a week of virtual events celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The virtual events, which take place online from June 21 to 27, seek to celebrate Indigenous presence, nurture relationships and facilitate collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Coordinated by the Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle, virtual events will be hosted by various community partners, including the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and the City of Oshawa.

Other community partners include AIDS Committee of Durham Region, ArtsCan Circle, Cale Crowe, Carea Community Health Centre, Durham District School Board Indigenous Education, the Eagle Woman Singerz, the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, Indigenish Catering, Karli Robertson, Metis Nation of Ontario, Oshawa Museum, Oshawa Public Libraries, Oshawa Senior Community Centres (OSCC55+), Shelly Niro, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Wiingushk Deyweygun Drum Group.

Virtual events for the week of June 21-27 include:

– Welcome from Chief Kelly LaRocca from Scugog Island First Nation

– Introduction by Mary George, President of Bawaajigewin

– Proclamation from Mayor Carter, City of Oshawa

– Proclamation from Regional Chair John Henry, Region of Durham

– Wiingushk Deyweygun Drum Group opening honour song

– Oshawa Public Libraries to share Family Storytelling

– Indigenish Catering video – How To Make Bannock

– Karli Robertson Scavenger Hunt Andawenjige – to go hunting

– Colouring Contest

– Métis Nation of Ontario Durham Region Videos of Past Events

– The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund to share history, culture, and music from incredible Indigenous artists and more

– Virtual Speaker Series – DDSB Indigenous Education

– Artscan Circle Online Video Workshops

– The Robert McLaughlin Gallery presents Kissed by Lightning movie and interview with Shelley Niro

– Cale Crowe Singer/Songwriter

– OSCC 55+ Indigenous Book Club

“The City of Oshawa is situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich Indigenous history and is the present home to many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. Community members are encouraged to join us as we proudly participate in celebrating and sharing those traditions for this year’s Indigenous Peoples week of virtual celebrations in our community,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter.

“The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation is encouraged to see this partnership celebrating Indigenous Peoples Week,” said Chief Kelly LaRocca of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. “Our hope is that this joining with Bawaajigewin, the City of Oshawa and community partners will continue to foster future engagements to revitalize the culture, restore the Mississauga language and build lasting relationships.”

For more information, including a link to the virtual events, visit the Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle’s webpage.