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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”.
Your classroom can "Do Something" and become a Legacy School! The Legacy Schools program is a free national initiative to engage, empower and connect students and educators to further reconciliation through awareness, education and action (#reconciliACTION). Upon signing up as a Legacy School, educators will receive a Legacy Schools Toolkit free-of-charge. These toolkits contain resources to engage students, staff, and the school community and act as a catalyst for their commitment to the work of reconciliation.
For more information and to sign up: https://downiewenjack.ca/our-work/legacy-schools-programs/

The Google Hangouts:

October 17, 2019

9:30 am

Camera spots available: 0

Mike Downie is a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker and the co-founder of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. One story in particular has been life-changing for Mike was Chanie Wenjack, an Ojibway boy who died while running away from his residential school. Downie told the tragic tale to his brother Gord and the two vowed to find a way to share this story with the world. The result was the multi-media project Secret Path that has captured the hearts and minds of Canadians across the country. Mike is a writer, director, and producer of numerous award-winning documentaries including Secret Path, Invasion of the Brain Snatchers, One Ocean, and The Hockey Nomad.

October 17, 2019

11:00 am

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Aaron is a Mechanical Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He designs, builds, and tests robotic systems to acquire samples of rocks and soil from other planets so that we can study them for science. He has had roles on the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Mission and the InSight Mars Lander. Currently, he is developing the drill bits that will be used on the Mars 2020 Rover. Aaron is Navajo, originally from a small town near the border of the Navajo Nation. He is passionate about spreading the excitement of STEM to students from his home community and across the nation.

October 17, 2019

1:00 pm

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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).

October 17, 2019

2:30 pm

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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.

October 18, 2019

12:00 pm

Camera spots available: 2

I’m dáduqwlá qinwa qanis w̓áwísqa which means, “person who watches over a territory/place”. I work, live and play in the Kitasoo/Xai’xais homelands and live in a community called Klemtu. I currently work in two seasonal capacities, as the Coastal Guardian Watchwoman in Mussel Inlet and also as the Languages Coordinator for Klemtu’s Languages Revitalization Project. A current goal that I have is to educate myself in health, wellness and healing and to better understand what that looks like in a First Nations community, while incorporating personal growth and wellbeing into my day to day. Most recently, I completed a 1 year online part-time certificate program called Aboriginal Health and Community Administration Program (AHCAP) with the University of British Columbia, which is my largest achievement to date.

October 18, 2019

1:30 pm

Camera spots available: 0

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.

October 18, 2019

2:30 pm

Camera spots available: 1

Adrian Sutherland comes from the isolated Cree community of Attawapiskat. He’s a singer/songwriter and frontman for roots-rock band Adrian Sutherland & Midnight Shine, making contemporary music that gives a glimpse of life in Canada’s North, while reflecting universal themes like family, home, love and loss. Adrian is a knowledge and language keeper of his Mushkegowuk Cree people of the James Bay. He teaches traditional ways of the land, participates in harvests, leads ceremonies, and is a genuine example of someone who lives authentically. He is a father, grandfather, and hard-working husband, proud of who he is and where he comes from. Adrian is a regular Huffpost.ca contributor and featured writer for Outdoor Canada Magazine. A hockey player, too, he was thrilled to play alongside other hockey-loving musicians and NHL greats at JUNO Cups in Ottawa (2017), Vancouver (2018) and London (2019). He launched a music program in Attawapiskat with support from MusiCounts, and was instrumental in bringing ArtsCan Circle to his community. It’s obvious when you meet Adrian that he cares deeply about First Nations’ issues. He takes his responsibility as a role model seriously, and is passionate about ensuring young people have access to arts, education, sports, and culture. He was nominated for a 2016 Premier’s Award from Colleges Ontario for his commitment to the North. Adrian is an advocate for many challenges facing Attawapiskat. While his home has been the subject of much negative media attention, he would like to change those perceptions: "There are good stories to be told from Attawapiskat and from all over the North. I hope to be one of them."

October 21, 2019

10:00 am

Camera spots available: 2

Jessica is the Sr. Advisor of Indigenous Knowledge at the NWMO and has been instrumental in creating the NWMO’s Indigenous Knowledge policy, upcoming Reconciliation Policy, and liaising with the Council of Elders and Youth. She is member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and a proud Anishnawbekwe (Ojibway women). Her formal education is within western science majoring in Physics and Mathematics and has also received Indigenous education from Elders and knowledge keepers throughout her life. Jessica has brought respect for Indigenous knowledge and worldview to life at the NWMO and her next big project is helping the NWMO take further steps towards its journey in reconciliation, a true example for the rest of Canada.

October 21, 2019

12:00 pm

Camera spots available: 1

Q̓án̓ístisḷa (Michael Vegh) is a Heiltsuk environmental steward. He works at Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance, where he provides technical support for the Marine Planning Partnership, as well as Indigenous Laws coordination. Michael is passionate about working towards greater indigenous led management, especially in the form of Indigenous Protected Areas. Michael has also recieved ministerial appointment to the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Expert Group at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Michael truly believes that indigenous philosophies and ways of knowing are paramount to finding a more sustainable paradigm in our era of climate change.

October 21, 2019

1:00 pm

Camera spots available: 0

Every year on September 30th, we wear orange shirts to honour residential school survivors. Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at residential school, told for the first time in May 2013. It has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Phyllis published her first children’s book called “The Orange Shirt Story” which aims to bring communities together. For more information visit the webpage at http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

October 21, 2019

2:00 pm

Camera spots available: 3

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.

October 22, 2019

11:00 am

Camera spots available: 4

Chrisann is a documentary filmmaker based in Toronto. She has combined her love of travel and storytelling to produce award-winning short films that have screened around the world. Her work reflects themes of identity and community and generally challenges common perceptions, especially relating to underrepresented groups and minorities. Her most recent film, TURNING TABLES, premiered at Hot Docs in 2018 and won Best Documentary Short at the 43rd American Indian Film Festival.

October 22, 2019

12:30 pm

Camera spots available: 3

Brad is a proud member of the Squamish Nation and carries the ancestral name Tsnomot, which he shares with his late grandfather and father. Brad has been an educator for 27 years in the North Vancouver School District. For the last 8 years his position has been District Principal with the portfolios of Indigenous Education, Careers, and Safe and Caring Schools. Brad was recently selected to the 2017 Governor General of Canada’s Leadership Council. He was 1 of 250 leaders from across Canada that came together to develop strategies on how to move Canada forward in the next 150 years. Brad was the recipient of the Indspire Guiding the Journey National Award for Leadership in Indigenous Education in 2014. One of Brad’s mottos is for all of us to understand “Truth Before Reconciliation” and to “Go Forward With Courage.” We will focus on how The Secret Path can be used as tool to enhance the learning environment for all learners when it comes to understand the role of Indian Residential Schools in Canada's history.

October 22, 2019

2:00 pm

Camera spots available: 3

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.