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Secret Path Week

October 17 - 22, 2019

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants is super excited to be working with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) for Secret Path Week, Oct. 17-22, 2019. During Secret Path Week, we'll be featuring Indigenous-led instruction and education. This will be a valuable way to engage your class in reconciliation and encourage your students to “Do Something”!
DWF is part of musician Gord Downie’s legacy and embodies his commitment, and that of both the Downie and Wenjack families, to call Canadians to action in solidarity with Indigenous peoples of this land. The goal of the Fund is to continue the conversation that began with Chanie Wenjack’s residential school story, and to support the reconciliation process through awareness, education, and action.
Secret Path Week is a national movement commemorating the legacies of Gord Downie (d. Oct. 17, 2017) and Chanie Wenjack (d. Oct. 23, 1966). The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund would like to inspire all Canadian classrooms to use this week to answer Gord Downie’s call to action, and “Do Something”.

The Google Hangouts:

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Andrea Reid is an Indigenous fisheries scientist and conservation biologist based in Canada. In January 2021, she will be joining the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries as an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Fisheries Science. Andrea combines ecological and social science methodologies, adopting an integrative approach to complex fisheries questions. She belongs to the Nisga’a Nation on British Columbia’s North Coast and has significant experience with Indigenous fisheries communities, practices, perspectives and issues in British Columbia as well as around the world (East Africa, Oceania and Southeast Asia).

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Rena Priest is a 2019 National Geographic Explorer, a Writer, and a member of the Lhaq'temish (Lummi) Nation. Her debut book, Patriarchy Blues, garnered a 2018 American Book Award and her most recent collection, Sublime Subliminal, was selected as the finalist for the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. Her current project follows regional efforts to restore health and habitability to the Salish Sea for the benefit of critically endangered Southern Resident Qwel Lhol Mech Ten (Killer Whales) and wild chinook salmon. Priest’s work can be found in literary journals and anthologies including For Love of Orcas, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Collateral Journal.

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Theland Kicknosway is a strong Indigenous Youth, he is Wolf Clan, Potawatami/Cree Nation, a registered member of Walpole Island -Bkejwanong Territory in Southern Ontario. He is a singer, a grass & hoop dancer, and helps in ceremonies in many places. He is in High School in the Ottawa Region where he is a part of many sports teams. He enjoys offering his gifts of song/dance/voice for all. He is known as the Cree Drummer when he sang and hand drummed an honor song for the incoming Prime Minister of Canada and his new cabinet members swearing in ceremony in Nov 2015. He helped drum in the Indian Residential School Survivors In the Ottawa region in 2008 and in the closing of the TRC June 1st, 2015. In spring 2018 he completed his 4th annual run in partnership with Families of Sisters in Spirit-134 km per run- raising awareness to the children left behind of MMIWG2S. In 2018 he became the youngest Indspire Award Recipient under Culture, Heritage & Spirituality of the 25 yr History of the Inspire and Achievement Awards. Please be sure to like Theland Kicknosway on Instagram, Facebook and Youtube.

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Mair Greenfield was born and raised in North Bay, Ontario. She is a member of Kebaowek First Nation. Mair has worked alongside Indigenous families and communities for more than a decade in different areas, such as corrections, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, Community Service-Learning, mentorship, and volunteer initiatives. Mair began her work with The Rumie Initiative in 2016 and is now the Director of Indigenous Programs. Rumie is a not-for-profit tech start-up with a vision of a world where everyone has access to quality learning. Rumie consists of a small team who build their own software and hardware and also host a no-cost digital learning repository called the LearnCloud which is accessible to anyone. Rumie partners with Indigenous communities and resource creators to reach remote areas and schools that have little to no Internet access or digital learning resources. Rumie supports communities to create custom made digital libraries that they can access completely offline through Rumie technology and suit Indigenous learners and community programs. Mair volunteers with communities on a personal level to support Indigenous language preservation efforts.

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Angela Miracle Gladue aka Lunacee, is a Cree/Greek Mother, Dancer and Beadwork Artist from Frog Lake First Nation, who started cultural dancing (metis & powwow) at age 6 and continued her dance career as a Hiphop artist since 2003. She has been invited to perform, teach and speak to countless countries throughout out the world and now tours as one of the lead dancers for A Tribe Called Red. A few of Angela's major accomplishments include: Choreographing and performing at the 2017 Juno Awards, First place at the Canadian HipHop Championships and World Hip-Hop Championship Bronze Medalist with her crew the FlyGirlz, and recipient of the 2015 Chief David Crowchild Memorial Youth Award for demonstrating outstanding community leadership through Hiphop and Powwow dance. She has also opened up for major recording artists such as TLC, Sean Paul, Lil'Kim, Maestro, Grand Master Flash and Bustah Rhymes to name a few.

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Autumn Peltier is 14 years of age and is from the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory located on Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada. She is of Odawa/Ojibwe descent and lives a traditional Anishinaabe lifestyle, where she attends ceremonies, is a jingle dress dancer at pow-wows and is a ceremonial helper to her Elders. Autumn has been travelling around Canada sharing her message with youth about the importance, the sacredness and preserving water/Nibi. Her inspiration comes from her late auntie Josephine Mandamin who began the Mother Earth Water Walks around our Great Lakes to create awareness on the seriousness of protecting our drinking water. Autumn’s mother Stephanie is also instrumental in sharing teachings she is learning from the Elders and she passes down to Autumn and her sisters. Autumn’s mother also makes sure she keeps Autumn on a good path, keeps up with school work, balances her life as a youth, and makes sure she has fun with her friends. Autumn began speaking about her concern for mother earth and the water when she began public speaking in her community while participating in the local Native Language speaking contests. Autumn has also had the opportunity to meet and speak to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and work closely with Indigenous Leadership across Canada, and she signed a Treaty to Protect the Grizzly Bears from the destruction of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, where she works closely with the Treaty Alliance of Canada as an Advocate for the Water.