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National Indigenous Peoples Day
at Beaches Sandbox

Friday, June 21, 2024
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

FREE

Presented in Partnership with

HOPES Indigenous Training Network

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Beaches Sandbox is an accessible facility. All are welcome! Pre-registration is encouraged but not mandatory.

Schedule of Events:

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Caregiver & Tot Rattle Making Workshop

Facilitated by Dawn T Maracle | Ages 1+  

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10:45 AM: Scones served with maple butter and strawberry juice

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Teachings and Tellings with Elder Cat Criger 

All Ages
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12:30 – 2:00 PM: Blanket Exercise Workshop

Facilitated by Dawn T Maracle & Cat Criger | All ages (5+) 

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Learn more about facilitators Dawn T Maracle and Cat Criger.

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Caregiver & Tot Rattle Making Workshop

Facilitated by Dawn T Maracle | Ages 1+  

Tots and caregivers join Mohawk facilitator Dawn T Maracle to make paper-plate rattles. You will listen to Haudenosaunee Social Dance Songs, and tap, dance and shake your homemade rattles to the music!

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11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Teachings and Tellings with Elder Cat Criger 

All Ages

 

Spend time with traditional Indigenous teacher and philosopher, Cat Criger. Explore Indigenous teachings, storytelling, and participate in an open Q&A.

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12:30 – 2:00 PM: Blanket Exercise Workshop

Facilitated by Dawn T Maracle & Cat Criger | All ages (5+) 

Created in 1997 by Indigenous peoples and allies, the Blanket Exercise was intended to introduce Canadians and Indigenous peoples to major historical events in Canadian history, raise awareness of continuing injustices and impacts of colonization, and promote further learning.

Participants will step into the roles of Indigenous peoples as they step on to the blankets (e.g. Indigenous territories) as we

walk through 500 years of colonial history.

*Bring socks - you will be asked to remove your shoes for this workshop.

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About the Facilitators

Dawn Maracle

Dawn T Maracle, M. Ed.

Curator & Facilitator

Dawn is a Mohawk woman from Kenhté:ke a.k.a. Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Southern Ontario, who sits with the Bear Clan. A single mother and award-winning professor, diversity activist & organizer with invisible disabilities, Dawn has worked with and for Indigenous communities and organizations for over three decades in the areas of Indigenous Education, Health, and Governance, as well as Women’s causes, the Arts and Sport as an educator, executive leader, performer, curator and consultant. Dawn’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) work is known to transform grassroots and corporate environments creatively and systematically and thus her speaking, training and advisory work are all in high demand.

Read Dawn's curatorial statement here. 

Instagram: @HOPESreconciliation 

Linkedin: @Dawn Maracle 

Facilitators
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Cat Criger
Elder & Traditional Teacher

Cat Criger is an Indigenous Traditional Teacher, Knowledge Keeper and Philosopher. He is from the Cayuga Nation, Turtle Clan, as well as having German and English ancestry. Cat was taught traditional ceremonies, teachings, circles, counselling, healing and plant medicines, Indigenous philosophies and pedagogies by an Anishnawbe Elder and uses these gifts to help all people.

Cat has worked as an Elder and advisor in many Indigenous Agencies, Government Ministries, Non-Profit Organizations and Corporations. He is retired from the University of Toronto, where he last held the position of Indigenous Advisor within the offices of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Mississauga Campus. Cat served as part of the chaplaincy for the Pan Am and Invictus games in Toronto providing Indigenous spiritual support to athletes.

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