One of the goals of the Indigenous Services team is to increase the awareness of Indigenous culture among the students and staff of George Brown College and the surrounding Toronto community. Throughout the year we host events, workshops and social gatherings to share our cultural knowledge.
We encourage everyone, regardless of ethnicity or religion, to come and learn with us. Most of our workshops are led by our Knowledge & Wisdom Keeper, Pauline Shirt, who has a lifetime of knowledge and experience that has been passed down from generation to generation.
Examples of workshops include:
- Four Sacred Medicine Teachings
- tobacco planting
- sweetgrass braiding
- dream catcher making
- herbal and harvest knowledge workshop
- hand drum making
- beading workshops
- moccasin making
- Buffalo Teachings
- Eagle Feather Teachings
Our team recently hosted a joint workshop on herbal and harvest knowledge. Pauline Shirt was joined by Holistic Practitioner Linda Rose, who has 25 years of experience in health and wellness.
Pauline presented the medicine teaching in a ceremonial and respectful way that acknowledged the importance of taking care of ourselves and Mother Earth, while Linda explained the types of medicinal herbs from Ontario’s bioregion that she handpicked from her organic land.
“We live in a time of unprecedented change and opportunity. These changes have long been prophesied as a turning point for humankind; as a time of awakening to the true nature of our individual existence and the nature of the world around us.” - Linda Rose, Health and Wellness practitioner