Indigenous Knowledge Keeper to share his journey

In support of Orange Shirt Day, the Department of Kinesiology is hosting a lecture entitled “Fire Keepers and the Fire Within” by Stanford Zhupkooum White on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Stanford WhiteWhite is of Anishinabe-Ojibwa-Pottawattomi descent and a member of the Bear Clan of Walpole Island. He grew up with a strong traditional upbringing and is active in ceremonial and cultural practices. He is a Sundancer, a Shkwa bewis (which means helper), a Big Drum singer, and an artist.

His presentation via Microsoft Teams from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. will take attendees through his story and journey in becoming a Fire Keeper. In addition to other topics, he will also offer insight about the sacredness and meaning of the tobacco bundle.

Register here to attend: Fire Keepers and the Fire Within.

This lecture is presented in co-operation with the Nanadagikenim: Seek to Know Grant, facilitated by the Centre for Teaching and Learning and funded by the Office of the Provost to support and promote Indigenous curriculum and pedagogy. The grant was created in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action to highlight physical cultural practices and take constructive steps towards healing relationships through action, education, and the creation of more equitable and inclusive opportunities.

The Faculty of Human Kinetics Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee is committed to making a conscious effort to invite Knowledge Keepers to discuss various Indigenous topics whether it be related to Indigenous sports and leisure activities, Traditional Indigenous medicine, the Medicine Wheel, or ceremonial dance.

Orange Shirt Day is a national movement to bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the spirit of hope and reconciliation to honour former residential school students, their families and communities. Find information about additional ways to participate on the website.

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