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
Strawberry Ceremony - June 23, 12:00 P.M.
On June 23 at 12:00 P.M., our Indigenous Education and Services team will host a virtual Strawberry Ceremony on Zoom. According to Ojibwe tradition, the sixth moon of Creation is Strawberry Moon (Ode’imini-giizis), and the medicine of the strawberry is reconciliation. It was during this moon cycle that communities usually held their annual feasts, welcoming everyone home, regardless of their differences over the past year, and letting go of judgment and/or self-righteousness. All are welcome to join the Strawberry Ceremony, and we encourage you to attend.