National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month

The City of Brantford is proud to join communities across Canada to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We honour the rich history of Indigenous Peoples and stand with Indigenous communities to support the efforts to advance reconciliation and renew relationships based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

To mark National Indigenous History Month, the following events and programs have been created in partnership with members of the Indigenous community in our region.

Healthy Kids Brantford

Healthy Kids National Indigenous History Month

Healthy Kids Brantford, in partnership with Six Nations of the Grand River Indigenous Led Early Years and Onkwehonwe Games are pleased to offer free Indigenous-led programs for children and youth in honour of National Indigenous History Month during the month of June. Learn more 

Young Minds Book Club

A display of children's books

EarlyONs and Family Centres and licensed Child Care Centres in Brantford and the County of Brant will receive free copies of When We Are Kind, written by Monique Gray Smith, and We Give Our Thanks, written by local author Sara General Odadrihonyanisoh. When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Through colourful pictures and lyrical text, We Give Our Thanks celebrates how gratitude brings us closer to all of our relations, including the land, the waters, the medicines, and other beings in the natural world.

This giveaway is made possible through partnership with Goodminds, a local Indigenous-owned bookstore, and collaboration through the Brantford Immigration Partnership, Healthy Kids Brantford Brant and City of Brantford staff.

Events

Mohawk Institute Residential School Virtual Tour - June 15
June 15, 2022, 7pm

Cost: $10 donation to the education department at the Woodland Cultural Centre

The Woodland Cultural Centre presents a screening of the Mohawk Institute Residential School on the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Your donation will help support virtual programming at the Woodland Cultural Centre and ensure that we can continue to deliver the highest quality programs centered on a Hodinohsho:ni worldview, celebrating, and sharing Indigenous cultures, languages, and art.

The virtual tour video was created with local production company Thru the Reddoor, and it follows the guide, Lorrie Gallant, as she gives a tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School. During the video Lorrie provides the history of the institution over its 140 year history. Viewers will get to see the different rooms in the school, from the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, the cafeteria, laundry room, and other rooms throughout the building, as well as hear interviews from five Survivors of the Mohawk Institute.

Register online

Basswood Bark Demonstration - June 16
Thursday, June 16, 2pm to 4pm

Location: Chiefswood Park Riverside, 1037 Brant County Hwy 54, Ohsweken (look for the pop up tent)

Cost: Free

Join Kerdo from Ogwehoweh Skills andn Trade Training Centre (OSTTC) as he demonstrates Basswood Bark fibre skills. You will learn how to properly peel, twist and additional skills to make a Basswood bark rope. Please bring proper attire and water.

Archery - June 17 (every Friday)
Friday, June 17, 5pm-6:45pm (every Friday)

Location: Chiefswood Park, 1037 Brant County Hwy 54, Ohsweken

Chiefswood Park’s archery programs are suitable for both beginners and those with previous archery experience. All participants will have their own land and equipment, and each will receive archery instruction and enjoy target practice as well as other fun activities, such as archery games, challenges and competition. Recommended for ages 10 years and up. For more information or to book, call 519-752-3969 or email. Cost: $25. Payment is required in full at time of reservation. If you are unable to attend or cancel your registration within 24 hours, there is no refund.

Sunrise Paddle - June 19
Sunday, June 19, 6am-7:30am 

Location: Chiefswood Park, 1037 Brant County Hwy 54, Ohsweken

Join Chiefswood Park every Sunday morning for a sunrise paddle. Limited spots available, first come first served. Call 519-752-3969 to reserve your spot. $25. If you are unable to attend or cancel your registration within 24 hours, there is no refund. Weather permitted.

Yoga in the Park - June 19 (every Sunday)
Sunday, June 19, 9am-10am (every Sunday) 

Location: Chiefswood Park, 1037 Brant County Hwy 54, Ohsweken

Join Chiefswood Park for a relaxing 1 hour yoga class in partnership with Linsey Hill from Oak Tree Yoga & Wellness. This is a gentle Hatha yoga class that includes a variety of postures in sequence. The class will be held near the river, so check in at the Park Office to learn the location. Bring your own yoga mat, water and suitable clothing for weather. Cost is $5 per class and is drop-in. For questions, call 519-752-3969.

National Indigenous Peoples Day Film Screening: Kayak to Klemtu - June 20
June 20, 2022, 7pm

National Indigenous Peoples Day Film Screening: Kayak to Klemtu

Cost: Free with a suggested minimum donation of $5 to help the Arts department continue to provide digital programming

Woodland Cultural Centre will be celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day with a digital screening of the film, Kayak to Klemtu.

When a prominent Kitasoo/Xai’Xais activist passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella (Blaney) embarks on a kayak journey to take his ashes home to Klemtu. It’s a race against the clock as Ella tries to make it back in time to give a speech protesting a proposed pipeline that would cross Indigenous land.

Ella is joined by her aunt, cousin and grumpy uncle (Cardinal), as the four paddle with all their might through the Inside Passage and past the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest. Join this family on the adventure of a lifetime that reflects on the importance of protecting our lands for future generations.

Join us June 20th, 2022 at 7PM for our virtual film screening for National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Register online

Solidarity Two Row Paddle - June 21
Tuesday, June 21, 5:30am-11am 

Location: Chiefswood Park Riverside, 1037 Brant County Hwy 54, Ohsweken

Six Nations community members join us on Solidarity day for a two hour sunrise paddle followed by a Two Row teaching.

Limited spots available. To get a spot call 519-752-3969.

Sunset Paddle - June 24

June 24, 7pm to 9:30pm

Location: Chiefswood Park Riverside, 1037 Brant County Hwy 54, Ohsweken

Join Chiefswood Park for a sunset paddle as they take in beautiful summer sunsets. Cost is $25, limited spots available, first come first served. Limited spots available, first come first served. Call 519-752-3969 to reserve your spot. $25. If you are unable to attend or cancel your registration within 24 hours, there is no refund. Weather permitted.

 A Free Evening of Indigenous Culture

Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., performance begins at 6:00 p.m.  until 9:00 p.m.
Wilfrid Laurier University's  Brantford Campus, 150 Dalhousie Street (Research and Academic Centre)

Ascension Aton:wa Harjo, world-renowned Hoop Dancer

A hoop dancer

Ascension Aton:wa Harjo is a 19 year-old Mohawk, Kickapoo, Seminole from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He started dancing at the age of two. He has performed with the likes of Nelly Furtado, World Champion Hoop Dancer’s Tony Duncan and Lowry Begay and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre to name a few.

Monkey Beach film screening and Q&A

Director Carla Robinson, offers a modern epic film, underpinned by themes that have long defined heroic journeys. The film is about reconnection with the land, its denizens and the secrets it holds. Monkey Beach is also a testament to an Indigenous women’s ability to not just endure trials, but emerge from them empowered. Carla will be in attendance to take questions from the audience.

Blood and Water film screening and Q&A

Blood and Water is a self-narrated documentary exposing light on the modern-day impact and generational trauma from residential schools. Director and producer Layla Staats will be taking questions from the audience after the screening.

Local Indigenous artisans will be onsite to showcase and sell their products.

Tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, by emailing harmonysquare@brantford.ca or by calling 519-759-4150 ext.5074. Limited seating is available.