We are excited to announce our summer programming in partnership with Assiniboine Park!
Kookums and Kids is a program where grandparents and grandkids (6 and up) can come together to learn about Indigenous culture, language and foods. Each activity has a make and take component!
This program will be held in the Tannis M. Richardson Indoor Classroom at The Leaf, 145 The Leaf Way, Winnipeg, from 1pm to 4pm, on the Sunday's listed below.
The program is free. To register, please see the button below each program you are interested in. (Under "Meet the Facilitator's")
Sunday, July 30th: Agnes Catcheway: Making Dreamcatchers and Baby Drums, Anishinaabemowin
August 20th: Summer Fisher: Making Fried Bannock, Anishinaabemowin
August 27th: Joyce Noonen: Making Orange Shirt Medicine Pins, and the Teaching of the Orange Shirt, Ininimowin
Agnes Catcheway is a respected Elder, Educator, Language Keeper, and Knowledge Keeper. She has done extensive work in the revitalization of Anishinaabemowin and has been teaching various language programs and in schools for the past 26 years. Agnes is involved in a lot of community work and has a passion for helping other Indigenous peoples connect with their identity and culture. Agnes is a strong advocate for Indigenous peoples and the Anishinaabemowin language.
Agnes and her daughter will be demonstrating how to make dream catchers and baby drums. Agnes loves incorporating hands-on elements to all her teachings in a make-and-take style program. You will leave this class with two new culturally relevant items, and a better understanding of Anishinaabemowin.
Summer Fisher is an Anishinaabe Kwe from Nipissing First Nation. Summer is currently working for Indigenous Languages of Manitoba and the Manitoba Aboriginal Languages Strategy (MALS) as the Program Assistant. She has worked extensively with the Anishinaabemowin language in her community, receiving many language awards and being the First Youth Chief of Nipissing First Nation. Summer is dedicated in continuing her work in the preservation of Indigenous languages and sharing her language and culture with all.
Summer will be demonstrating how to make delicious fried Bannock! She will go through the steps on what you will need and how to make this treasured traditional food. By integrating language and cooking together, it is an interactive and fun learning experience for all!
Joyce Noonen is an Elder, Language Keeper, and Knowledge Keeper who was born in the remote northern community of God’s Lake Narrows. Joyce spent the early years of her life immersed in traditional Cree language and cultural teachings, and now spends her time preserving and passing along language and cultural practices to younger generations. Joyce has worked for the Selkirk Mental Health Centre (SMHC) in the Indigenous Services department for over 22 years, helping patients get in touch with their culture as part of their recovery. Joyce also works closely with Indigenous Languages of Manitoba and has published the language resource “Pé Ininímok: Mácitáwin Péyak.”
Joyce will be demonstrating how to make Medicine Orange Shirt Pins while discussing the teachings surrounding the orange shirt and the significance of the medicine. This teaching will discuss the topic of Residential School, but also provide a safe space to learn, reflect, and heal.
Our gathering supports, strengthens and celebrates our Indigenous languages and our theme Bringing Our Languages Home combats the standstill of intergenerational transmission and focuses on bringing the languages back to our communities and our homes.
To learn more and to register via online registration, click the button below: