Media Release: National Indigenous Peoples Day, Huntsville ON

June 05, 2018

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(HUNTSVILLE, ON) The Town of Huntsville is proud to announce their annual celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day with a special event on the evening of June 21, 2018. Mayor Scott Aitchison noted, “It is important for our community to recognize and respect indigenous people and lands. Events like this which educate and raise awareness are a marker of the progressive, inclusive and caring kind of town that Huntsville is today.”

Huntsville has been celebrating June 21 annually with various events and indigenous partners since 2002. The 2018 event is on Huntsville’s 2018 theme of “Good Governance: It Takes a Village.” The free public presentation, “Anishinaabe History as Told Through Wampum Belts” presented by Brian Charles, will be held in the Algonquin Theatre starting at 6:30 pm on Thursday June 21.

Brian Charles is an off-reserve Band member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island. Mr. Charles has worked collaboratively with a small group of knowledge keepers to research and assemble a physical repository of wampum belts that document Ojibwa history. In this experiential learning presentation, Mr. Charles will illuminate how wampum was used to record not only relationships and treaties between the First Peoples of the Eastern Woodland, but also with settler societies in Canada.

As we reflect on how to meaningfully respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in Huntsville and across Muskoka, this workshop provides a framework for creating a shared historical understanding of the relationships and treaties that have shaped the Dish With One Spoon Territory, and offers a model for how government and curriculum can treat Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian knowledge systems with equal respect.

Tickets are not required for this event. Seating is first-come, first-serve. The capacity of the Algonquin Theatre is 400 people. Everyone is welcome to the “Anisihnaabe History as Told Through Wampum Belts” presentation. If you require any special accommodation, please contact the Algonquin Theatre box office at 705 789 1751, extension 2352.

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For more information contact:
Teri Souter
Manager of Arts, Culture & Heritage,  Town of Huntsville
teri.souter@huntsville.ca
705-789-1751 x 2357

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