Indigenous Homecoming 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge

Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba

Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge. The event will feature speakers, tours, entertainment, a Métis chivaree (celebration) with food, and more! Everyone is welcome!

Schedule of events:
Please note that some activities take place concurrently. Schedule is subject to change.

10:00 a.m.
Opening prayer - Elder Wanbdi Wakita

10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Inuit games demonstration - Serena Hickes

10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Morning campus walking tour - highlighting Indigenous initiatives, art and culture
(Meet at southwest doors of Migizii Agamik - Max Bell side)

11:30 a.m.
Greetings and special guest speakers:
Dr. David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manitoba
Dr. Lynn Lavallée, Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement, University of Manitoba
Carl Stone, Cultural Teacher and Student Advisor, Indigenous Student Centre
Destiny Seymour, MID/13, Interior Designer and Textile Designer
Laura Forsythe, MA/18, PhD Student, department of Native Studies

12:25 p.m.

Blessing of food - Elder Norman Meade

12:30 p.m.
Métis Chivaree - lunch and performances by:
Double the Trouble
Dalton and Caitlin Richard

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Afternoon campus walking tour - highlighting Indigenous initiatives, art and culture
(Meet at southwest doors of Migizii Agamik - Max Bell side)

2:45 p.m.
Tree planting and closing prayer - Christine Cyr

All day:
Sharing around the Sacred Fire
Migizii Agamik photo booth

Special guest speakers:

Laura Forsythe [MA/18] is Métis from the Red River Settlement. She is a graduate student in the department of Native Studies, with a specialization in Indigenous education. She is also the Métis Inclusion Coordinator for the U of M, working to increase the understanding of the importance of Métis cultures in the U of M community. She is a member of U of M's Senate, representing the University of Manitoba Graduate Students Association, and she is the co-editor of Transgressions: Cultural Studies and Education.

Destiny Seymour [MID/13, BA/00] is a Winnipeg-based Anishinaabe interior designer and textile designer from Peguis First Nation. She is the first Indigenous woman to graduate from the U of M's Master of Interior Design program. Destiny worked at Prairie Architects for over 10 years as their lead interior designer before leaving to start her own design company called Indigo Arrows in summer 2016. After struggling to find interior finishes and materials that respectfully reflected local Indigenous peoples to incorporate into her design projects, Destiny started creating her own textiles. Indigo Arrows is reviving local Indigenous pottery and bone tool designs to create finishes for interiors. Most of these surviving pottery pieces are held by museums now, but Destiny thinks the world needs more than exhibition - we need these patterns in our homes, provoking thought; we need them bridging gaps; and, we need them inspiring our loved ones. The Indigo Arrows line picks up where her ancestors left off.

Due to unforseen circumstances Ovide Mercredi, who was originally scheduled to speak, will no longer be able to attend this event.

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