Land-Based Learning | September 21, 1-4pm

Dear Colleagues,


We are excited to invite you to take part in a new Land-Based Learning initiative, organized by the FCDC to provide faculty and staff at OCAD U with an opportunity to connect with Indigenous community outside of the classroom or studio. We are pleased to welcome Six Nations educators, Sheila Maracle and Lauren Williams, to facilitate the first land-based learning workshop, being held on Saturday, September 21st from 1-4pm along the Humber River in Toronto. Details about this workshop and how to register are listed below. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants and the deadline to register is by Monday, September 16th. We hope you will be able to take part in this exciting new learning opportunity!


Land-Based Learning 

Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Facilitators: Sheila L. Maracle and Lauren Williams from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

Location: Baby Point, along the Humber River, Toronto

Fee: $30

REGISTER HERE by Monday, September 16, 2019


The land acknowledgement is just a start in working towards reconciliation. This workshop will share how the Haudenosaunee view their relationship to the land and waters through an understanding of the Thanksgiving Address. Participants will be taken out of the classroom for some land-based teachings from two Mohawk educators, Sheila L. Maracle and Lauren Williams, both educators based in Hamilton, and from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Through traditional knowledge-sharing, personal stories and activities, participants will begin to develop their own understanding of having a connection to the land.


Facilitator Bios:


Sheila L. Maracle: After her first year in the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing Program, Sheila travelled through Europe and the Middle East for six months and turned 20 in Eilat, Israel. Experiencing many cultures and languages sparked her desire to learn her own Mohawk language and culture. After completing the University of British Columbia’s Native Indian Teacher Education Program, Sheila taught in Vancouver’s inner-city for 17 years, completed her Master of Education degree, and in 2013, moved home to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory with her husband and two small children. She was thrilled and honoured to finally begin learning her Kanyen’keha language and attend Longhouse Ceremonies and events to learn her Kanyen’keha:ka culture. Her passion is Indigenous Education and she actively shares her knowledge and experiences with educators and students alike. Sheila has been active with ETFO team writing projects and giving Indigenous Education presentations for the past six years. In her other life, she was a singer with the Indigenous Women’s Ensemble named, “M’Girl” (ma-girl), winning two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and creating a music video of her song titled, “Eyes Wide Open,” viewable on YouTube. She is currently a Native as a Second Language Program teacher in Hamilton and is excited to be here today.


Kahsenniyohstha Lauren Williams is a turtle clan Kanyenkehá:ka (Mohawk nation) artist and educator from Six Nations, Ontario. She was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1983. Kahsenniyohstha paints, draws, and beads. Her work blends traditional and contemporary Haudenosaunee stories and aesthetics. Each piece tells a story. For Kahsenniyohstha, beading and creating art  has been part of a healing journey. Kahsenniyohstha Lauren Williams has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Bristol in Ancient History and Historiography, with a focus on Ancient Greek and contemporary Haudenosaunee oral tradition. She currently lives and works in Hamilton.





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