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Secret Path Week

October 19 - 23, 2020

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants is super excited to be working with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) for another series of Secret Path Week virtual education events, taking place from Oct. 19th-23rd, 2020. 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, build cultural understanding and create a path towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The goal of DWF 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. 22, 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:

The Google Hangouts:

October 19, 2020

11:00 am eastern time

Meagan Lortie is an non-status Anishinaabe Kwe from Barrie, Ontario. Currently, she is on her own journey of exploring her culture and ancestry. From very young she has been volunteering and working with the Urban Indigenous community and is passionate about reconciliation and decolonization. In her presentation, Meagan will explore what reconciliation looks like and how people can begin/ continue their own reconciliation/ decolonization journey by sharing her experiences while coordinating the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada's Uncovering Common Ground (UCG) Initiative. Meagan will talk about the UCG initiative, share some examples of reconciliation projects and explore some ideas of how people can get involved in their own community.

October 20, 2020

11:00 am eastern time

G.R. Gritt is a Juno Award winning, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Francophone, Anishinaabe/Métis artist. After living many years in Yellowknife and forming the band Quantum Tangle, they have recently moved back to Sudbury/Robinson Huron Treaty territory where they grew up. This homecoming coincides with a journey that they feel better represents them. With these changes has come a new voice both physically and in the growing magnetism of their songwriting. G.R. Gritt pulls effortlessly from the past to create soulful futurisms with their new sound that elegantly weaves the melodies using vocals, guitar and new electronic elements. They create both intimate and anthemic music that would fit in a folk club, a dance club and anywhere in between. G.R. Gritt is currently preparing for the release of a new full-length album titled, Ancestors, in 2020 on Coax Records.

October 20, 2020

1:00 pm eastern time

If you’re from the North, Leela Gilday’s music is home. If you’ve never been, it will take you there. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she writes about the people and the land that created her. The power in her voice conveys the depth of her feelings of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture, as if it comes straight from that earth. Leela’s family is from Délįne on the shore of Great Bear Lake, and her rich vocals dance across the rhythmic beats of traditional Dene drumming as smoothly as a bass line onstage the largest venues in the country. And she has played them all.

October 22, 2020

eastern time

Monique Aura Bedard (they/them) is a neurodiverse Onyota'a:ka x French art-maker x visual storyteller who is currently based on Dish with One Spoon Territory (Tkaronto). They grew up on Anishinaabe aki, down river from Aamjiwnaang First Nation.

Through their art practice (sewing, beading, painting murals, journaling), they aim to express and share stories about intergenerational healing, mind health, identity, empowerment, and authenticity. They are inspired by stories, memory, community and growth, individually and collectively. Monique Aura aims to address intergenerational healing in their family by trusting the creative process. The core of their work is about moving through the world with love and fierceness. Their art is their voice, their truth and an extension of who they are. Aura's hope is that their art reaches others in a way that inspires thoughts and feelings igniting questions, curiosity, reflection and self-love.

October 23, 2020

1:00 pm eastern time

Join Carol as she shares her grandmothers story of Residential School and how she practiced Reconciliation.

Carol is an Ojibway elder from Batchewana First Nation in Northern Ontario where she lives with her husband. She has two children a son and a daughter and also three beautiful grandchildren. She returned to school when she was forty years old to obtain her grade 12 and with the support and encouragement of family and friends has continued on and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1995 from Sault College. Carol went on to work in First Nation Health as a Community Health Nurse for 22 years and during that time she became a Certified Mental Nurse. Carol retired three years ago and since then attended Algoma University and graduated this May with a BA Anishinaabe Studies. Carol enjoys reading, attending Pow Wows and also spending time with her family.

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