Tanya (Shoo-Shoo) King- Maracle

Residential Schools: Our History, Our Story, Our Legacy

Tanya King-Maracle is Odawa, Ajijaak (crane) clan from Wikwemikong Unceded Territory and a is the mother of two amazing teenagers. She currently works as a policy analyst for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

In her presentation, Tanya recounts the first hand accounts and personal history of the residential school system from her parents' experiences and the inter-generational impacts this has had on her family.

Joe Brant (Thohtharatye)

Thohtharatye (Joe) is Bear Clan from the Mohawk nation residing in the community of Tyendinaga. As a member of the Bear clan and the longhouse society, he has many roles and responsibilities which he fulfills in his community. Joe is a Mohawk language speaker and an advocate for Indigenous languages. He is passionate about his culture and language and has taken this passion into a leadership position as Principal of Quinte Mohawk School.

Workshop Description

Using the Kayanere'kó:wa and Story of the Peacemaker as a guide, students will learn and reflect on the pillars of Calm, Positivity and Perseverance. traditional teachings and instruction on what leadership, character looks like, students will be asked to reflect on and create their own goals as potential leaders.

Christine Luckasavitch

Christine is an Algonquin Anishinaabekwe from the Crane Clan. She is a lifelong resident of Whitney, Ontario. She is an archaeologist, explorer, historian, researcher and owner of Waaseyaa Consulting (an Indigenous culture and heritage consulting company). She has acquired a vast amount of knowledge from listening to and spending time with her family, elders and the community. She is writing her first book, Ondjitigweyaa Madaoueskarini Omamiiwiinini Anishinaabeg (Algonquin People of the Madawaska River Headwaters).

Workshop Description

This presentation will discuss the importance of treating each other with patience and with a good heart in the pursuit of personal and professional goals.

Nimkii Osawamick

DNA - Dedicated Native Awareness

Nimkii Osawamick

Nimkii-nini (Thunder-man) is Odawa/Potawatami from Wiikwemkoongsing Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island, ON. Member of the wolf clan. Nimkii has been always been around dance since the age of 3, growing up around the pow wow trail he earned his first eagle feathers as a Fancy Dancer. At the age of 13 he earned his first set of hoops and has been learning ever since. Nimkii is well known in the community for sharing his stories and the stories of our ancestors passed on through song and dance.


Nancy Rowe - Giidaakunadaad

She is an avid volunteer who coordinates Akinomaagaye Gaamik, a grassroots initiative to provide educational opportunities for all peoples interested in Indigenous perspectives of life, health, education, history and the environment. “Education is the doorway through which we all can create a common ground and understanding of not only Indigenous Peoples but also, and more importantly, our environment.”

Workshop Description

Nancy will share perspectives on Indigenous knowledge and world view as a pathyway to reconciliation and a better relationship between nations.

Daniel Richer

Storyteller, actor and town crier, Daniel learned at the feet of his grandmother these important life lessons and now shares the richness of Aboriginal culture and history with students all over the world. He shares his knowledge of Mother Earth, Turtle Island's (North America) the great teacher. His legends and stories speak of respect and harmony among all living things and show how the inhabitants of our world are part of this great circle of life.

Workshop Description:

Using the age-old tradition of Storytelling; a mix of theater, spoken words and Native Sign Language; Daniel brings the words to life and shares important values such as Respect, Courage, and Humility. These sometimes funny, always uplifting stories talk about traditions of the past, celebrations of the present and hope for the future. Come and Join the Circle.


Aura is an Onyota'a:ka (Oneida) artist, currently based in Tkaronto. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a BFA (Studio Art) and is a DTATI Candidate. Through her art practice, Aura uses mixed media, beadwork, street art, art as healing, and digital Illustration to discuss intergenerational healing, identity, empowerment, and mothering. She looks to community to collectively explore personal storytelling and truth-sharing.

Workshop Description:

The artist talk is on art as healing with a focus on self-care and self expression: how to use art as a way to share our stories and truths.

Bill Montgomery

Bill is Haida, Raven from the Yahgu Laanaas clan of Dadens, Haida Gwaii. The name given to him by his naanii is Yaahl Haan Stluujuus.

Bill is an educator and has been the Indigenous Education System Support Teacher for the Upper Canada District School Board for the past six years. He has enjoyed presenting on his culture for more than fifteen years.

Workshop Description: - Re-connections

Who are you? How do you define who you are? For centuries we, the Haida, have utilized our art-form to do just that. But it is not just “Art”, it is our history, our beliefs, our lineage… it is our embodiment. The systematic process of deculturalization had been devastating. For us, the resurgence of our culture has been spurred on by the rediscovery of our “Art” and its growing recognition. Bill will instill a deeper understanding of “why many of us feel the way we do” due to the loss of our culture. He will also explain the nuances of the Haida Nation’s art and how it defines them.

Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas

Kanien’kehà:ka n:í nok wakhskaré:wake Tsi Kahnawà:ke nitewa:ké:non.

Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas is a Kanien’kehá:ka artist/teacher from the Bear Clan, with roots in the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory. He creates unique fine art inspired by his Kanien’kehá:ka culture and the culture of other First Nations people. These cultures he states, “ an abundant source of creative expression” that helps him to entwine traditional values with contemporary subject matter.

His paintings are pebbles found along the path he is traveling.

Workshop Description:

In this workshop, Deron will share what inspires him to create his art, how his art conveys cultural values in a contemporary environment and his creative process and methods. ​