Sheridan CILS marks National Indigenous History Month

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May 31, 2021

June marks National Indigenous History Month. It is a time set aside for all Canadians to learn about Indigenous peoples, our shared history, and the history of the land on which we reside.

As we honour National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, it is important that we all take time to reflect on the accomplishments and resiliency of Indigenous peoples and their impact on our lives, communities and history.

In honour of this month, Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support (CILS) is inviting you to join Resilience and Hope: A Celebration for National Indigenous History Month. Our month-long celebration includes five events throughout the month, one of which is an asynchronous event to fit anyone’s schedule. We hope you can join us for one or all!

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CILS Open House & Celebration for National Indigenous History Month

June 9, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. 

How are you recognizing National Indigenous History Month? We think it’s only fitting to start the month out as a circle of friends, reconnecting and sharing with one another. Join us in conversation as we kick off this important time together.

We will be sharing updates from the CILS team on current projects and initiatives, how we are working to support Indigenous students, and how we are promoting Indigenous education here at Sheridan. At this time, CILS will officially be launching a month-long asynchronous celebration where we invite the Sheridan community to collaborate and co-create a living tribute, titled Remembering Our Heroes: Indigenous Leaders and Changemakers in Motion.

Please “drop in” for a meet and greet. We are looking forward to visiting with you!

Zoom registration is required.



Remembering Our Heroes: Indigenous Leaders and Changemakers in Motion

Asynchronous, Padlet will be closing June 26

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, the Sheridan community is invited to collaborate and co-create a virtual remembering of our Indigenous heroes, leaders, and changemakers.

Let’s honour the folks who have taken action or are currently taking action for the betterment of Indigenous peoples, communities, and Canada as whole. Through the act of remembering, storytelling, and reflecting we become individual and collective pathfinders seeking new ways to continuously move forward, while always looking back at where we have been.

This month-long asynchronous celebration will culminate in a synchronous session to reflect on the resiliency of our heroes and discuss our hopes for the future.  This session will take place on June 29 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.



Reclaiming the Narrative: Indigenous Perspectives on Accessibility and Disability

June 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

How might we reject colonial narratives of disability and challenge our assumptions and beliefs about accessibility?  How might we embrace a social model that recognizes Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing? Join us for an interactive session where we will explore Indigenous perspectives on holistic accessibility and how they may shift our approaches to teaching and learning. Facilitated by Victoria Herrera and Dina Moati.

Zoom registration is required. 


Igniting Indigenous Identity: Cultural Revitalization with the Drum

June 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

How do we exist in two worlds as we try to lead a traditional way of life and navigate a settler colonial society? How do we care for ourselves as Anishinaabe? To create safer spaces for Indigenous people and communities, we must learn about where we come from and how we relate to creation.

Join us for an interactive session where explore the history surrounding the hand drum in various Anishinaabe communities across turtle island. We will develop a greater understanding of the ways in which some Indigenous people have approached the complexities of identity. Themes around inclusive education, child welfare, and justice are explored within the context of revitalization of cultural identity through the hand drum. Together we will share songs, stories, and discuss how to care for a hand-drum, all the while celebrate who we are as Anishinaabe folx.

All are welcome to attend. Please feel free to invite your family members to enjoy the session too!

This workshop is facilitated by Stephanie Hashie. Stephanie is an Anishnawbe Kwe from Wasauksing First Nation with roots in Ginoogaming First Nation. Born and raised in Toronto, she has spent much of her youth involved with Toronto’s Urban Indigenous community organizations. Stephanie attended the University of Toronto and her professional background derives from front-line youth work where she implemented programming aimed at enhancing the quality of life. Stephanie has been working for the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres for seven years foremost as a trainer with a passion for adult education and promoting healthy, vibrant ways to connect our teachings to community practices.

Zoom registration is required.


Remembering Our Heroes: A Sheridan Community Conversation

June 29, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

As National Indigenous History Month comes to a close, let’s come together to reflect upon the month and the co-creation of Remembering Our Heroes: Indigenous Leaders and Changemakers in Motion. How might we build upon and continue the great work that has been done?  

Join us in conversation as we discuss the lessons we’ve learned this month and how we might continue learning and sharing together throughout the year.

Zoom registration is required.

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