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INDIGENizeUS – Part 6

By Lindy Kinoshameg, YPT Community Engagement Facilitator

About INDIGENizeUS:  During YPT’s 2017/18 Season, the entire staff participated in INDIGENizeUS workshops created by Lindy Kinoshameg and Leslie McCue that focused on Indigenous relations, raising cultural awareness, and exploring individual reconciliation. Learning began around the seven sacred teachings of Respect, Bravery, Humility, Love, Honesty, Wisdom, and Truth. The intention behind the workshop series is to hear stories from Indigenous artists/elders and participate in traditions first-hand. It is our hope that programs such as this will begin building a bridge between nations and help take the first steps toward reconciliation. To read INDIGENizeUS – Part 1, click here.

The grandfather teaching of LOVE is based on viewing your inner-self from the perspective of all teachings, and from the notion that each of us must love ourselves truly. From this, the notion of “loving ourselves before we can love others” came to mind. So we thought this would be the perfect time to reflect on what it truly means to be ‘Canadian’, and to move forward with a deeper understanding of where we come from in terms of what has actually transpired on these lands over the past 150 years and the legacy of colonization that endures.

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INDIGENizeUS – Part 5

By Lindy Kinoshameg, YPT Community Engagement Facilitator

About INDIGENizeUS:  During YPT’s 2017/18 Season, the entire staff participated in INDIGENizeUS workshops created by Lindy Kinoshameg and Leslie McCue that focused on Indigenous relations, raising cultural awareness, and exploring individual reconciliation. Learning began around the seven sacred teachings of Respect, Bravery, Humility, Love, Honesty, Wisdom, and Truth. The intention behind the workshop series is to hear stories from Indigenous artists/elders and participate in traditions first-hand. It is our hope that programs such as this will begin building a bridge between nations and help take the first steps toward reconciliation. To read INDIGENizeUS – Part 1, click here.

We are crossing the halfway mark of INDIGENizeUS, and we are approaching an impactful and reflective time for me. As well as working at YPT, I am a Prairie Chicken dancer, and have done many dance, and arts facilitation workshops and performances with Leslie McCue across Turtle Island (North America) for over 10 years. Leslie, amongst many things, is a Traditional and Jingle Dress dancer. We always have fun; we work well together; and we have been partners for over 14 years. Leslie has been my guiding light ever since I met her. She is kind-hearted, generous with her spirit and energy, knowledgeable and intuitive. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her and I can’t say enough about her. While I’m the one writing the blog, she has been my collaborative partner throughout the entire process of INDIGENizeUS.

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INDIGENizeUS – Part 4

By Lindy Kinoshameg, YPT Community Engagement Facilitator

About INDIGENizeUS:  During YPT’s 2017/18 Season, the entire staff participated in INDIGENizeUS workshops created by Lindy Kinoshameg and Leslie McCue that focused on Indigenous relations, raising cultural awareness, and exploring individual reconciliation. Learning began around the seven sacred teachings of Respect, Bravery, Humility, Love, Honesty, Wisdom, and Truth. The intention behind the workshop series is to hear stories from Indigenous artists/elders and participate in traditions first-hand. It is our hope that programs such as this will begin building a bridge between nations and help take the first steps toward reconciliation. To read INDIGENizeUS – Part 1, click here.

I started each workshop with an introduction in my language, Ojibway:  Boozhoo, Aanii, Lindy Kinoshameg diishinikaaz, Wiikwemikoong, minwaa doganning doonjibaa, Ginozhe dodem [Greetings, Hello, my name is Lindy Kinoshameg from South Bay on Wikwemikong First Nation, and I’m from the Pike Clan] – followed by a personal land acknowledgment that came from the heart each time. I then gave an overview of the program, but more so on how to accept the information being given to them and to let it become a part of their personal knowledge. One thing I didn’t want people to feel was that they were forced into being there or being told ‘what you learn here on this date must be enacted henceforth by order of your majesty…’. No. That model has been done (residential school) and I’m not going that route. These workshops were an opportunity for each participant to take a personal journey, to listen as an individual, and not as an employee of the oldest professional theatre company in Canada.

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INDIGENizeUS – Part 3

By Lindy Kinoshameg, YPT Community Engagement Facilitator

About INDIGENizeUS:  During YPT’s 2017/18 Season, the entire staff participated in INDIGENizeUS workshops created by Lindy Kinoshameg and Leslie McCue that focused on Indigenous relations, raising cultural awareness, and exploring individual reconciliation. Learning began around the seven sacred teachings of Respect, Bravery, Humility, Love, Honesty, Wisdom, and Truth. The intention behind the workshop series is to hear stories from Indigenous artists/elders and participate in traditions first-hand. It is our hope that programs such as this will begin building a bridge between nations and help take the first steps toward reconciliation. To read INDIGENizeUS – Part 1, click here.

Arts and crafts are commonly associated with kids, and so it is brushed off as an activity that is not important for the ordinary adult. However, through my teachings I have learned that art is how we tell our stories, and those stories are our traditions, sacred to us and part of our being.

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INDIGENizeUS – Part 2

By Lindy Kinoshameg, YPT Community Engagement Facilitator

About INDIGENizeUS:  During YPT’s 2017/18 Season, the entire staff participated in INDIGENizeUS workshops created by Lindy Kinoshameg and Leslie McCue that focused on Indigenous relations, raising cultural awareness, and exploring individual reconciliation. Learning began around the seven sacred teachings of Respect, Bravery, Humility, Love, Honesty, Wisdom, and Truth. The intention behind the workshop series is to hear stories from Indigenous artists/elders and participate in traditions first-hand. It is our hope that programs such as this will begin building a bridge between nations and help take the first steps toward reconciliation. To read INDIGENizeUS – Part 1, click here.

When Leslie and I were designing the INDIGENizeUS workshops, we wondered what would be the best delivery method for each of the seven grandfather teachings and activities. Selecting “Respect” as the first sacred teaching to be explored in the workshops was a conscious and important choice.

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