Mentor College Students presented the funds they raised through Orange Shirt Day sales to the Save the Evidence Campaign during a special talk from Eddy Robinson.
Eddy Robinson spoke to Mentor College staff and student body and his personal round table discussion was powerful and impactful for the Grade 12 History and Philosophy students.
Eddy was born and raised in Toronto, the largest city in Canada, and grew up in poverty. It was not until his adult years that he really begun to understand the legacy of his father’s experience at the Chapleau Indian Residential School and Shingwauk Indian Residential School.
Eddie Robinson was recently the keynote speaker here at Woodland Cultural Centre for our Survivors Gathering 2019.
Eddy has worked and advocated for many Indigenous communities locally, provincially and nationally for the past 25 years. The Dewegun (D-Way-Gun which means Drum) first set him on a path in life leading to many other important sources that contributed to the rediscovery of his Anishinaabe and Muskegowuk Cree identity. On his journey he had the privilege of experiencing Traditional ceremonies, Indigenous literature & film, mentoring by Cultural leaders, Traditional Teachers and Elders.
Since then Eddy has traveled throughout North America as a noted Indigenous artist, teacher, musician, educator, facilitator, trainer, writer, consultant and now speaker. He has presented to numerous First Nations, Indigenous communities, local district school boards, colleges, universities, corporate institutions as well as several Indigenous and non-Indigenous non-profit organizations.
In order to heal from the impacts of colonial trauma and oppression. We need to elevate the collective consciousness globally about what truthfully happened here to Indigenous People in Canada and North America. The truth will not only help many Indigenous and non-Indigenous people grow; It will continue to help and support the healing process. – Eddy Robinson
Eddy shared a very special and meaningful talk with the students and staff of Mentor College. Through a round table discussion with Grade 12 students taking philosophy and history, Eddy was able to reach these students on a personal level. Save the Evidence Coordinator, Carley Gallant-Jenkins, was invited to speak and share in the round table discussion.
In conjunction with Eddy’s visit, Mentor College students presented the Save The Evidence Campaign with the funds they raised from selling Orange T-shirts.
Carley Gallant-Jenkins (left) accepted the donation to the Save the Evidence Campaign and gave special acknowledgement to Darina Al Around (center) and Melika Sadeghi (right) two Grade 12 philosophy students who spearheaded the Orange T-Shirt sales.
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Woodland Cultural Centre is excited to announce our partnership with Skateboard Project 2023!The Skateboard Project is an initiative that aims to promote Onkwehón:we artwork, active bodies, and collaboration between cultural centers across multiple Indigenous communities.In its second year, Kahnawà:ke, Kanehsatà:ke, Kenhtè:ke, Ahkwesáhsne and Six Nations came together to create seven skateboards graphics showcasing the range of styles and cultural imagery.Skateboard culture values inclusivity, individuality, creativity, and freedom and blending these with Indigenous traditions has created a project that connects communities through local art and skateboarding.Profits from the skateboard sales go towards compensation for the artist’s work and to help fund events related to June 21st (Go Skate Day/Indigenous Day/First Day of Summer).We hope to see more Indigenous communities being part of the project in the future!Woodland Cultural Centre is thrilled to participate in this fantastic community project. We will feature the seven skateboards from the participating artists in our online gift store and in the Stan Hill Gallery starting Saturday, February 18. Visit our website to support Skateboard Project 2023: woodlandculturalcentre.ca/skateboard-project-2023/... See MoreSee Less