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Region celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day with series of events

The first event kicks-off at 11 a.m. on Sunday
Sunrise ceremony
A sunrise ceremony held at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener in 2018 to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. Photo from KitchenerToday staff.

Multiple events are happening across the region to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.

On Sunday starting at 11 a.m., THEMUSEUM will host a livestream of At First Light - Haundenosaunee Moments.

The fifth annual event will be hosted by guest speaker Kelly Fran Davis, who will speak about treaties, philosophies and land rights, along with discussing the cultural significance of musical and dance performances that will take place.

Residents can find the link to livestream here.

At noon, Anishinaabe kwe storyteller and knowledge carrier, Minogiizhigokwe (Kathy Absolon), will be leading a discussion on Indigenous teachings through a virtual event.

The event, "Ish'kote Storytelling: Honouring Life and Storytelling", has been organized by Indigenous Initiatives at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), along with the Centre for Indigegory, the Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at WLU and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

To register for the event, click here.

Besides these events, the City of Waterloo has announced plans for a mural to commemorate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Waterloo Public Square.

According to the city, they have partnered with local Indigenous artist, Luke Swinson. Swinson says this year's mural design will be 'an artistic reconnection to his Anishinaabe culture' by featuring bears, as 'Mawkwa', which means bear, was one of his first Anishinaabemowin words.

“I have always felt a strong connection with bears and what they represent." said Swinson in the release, "Bears represent healing and awakening and I think that we are healing and awakening together as a people,”

To learn more about the mural, click here.

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