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Event Poster: National Indigenous History Month - June 2022

National Indigenous History Month - June 2022

In honour and celebration of National Indigenous History Month, the Indigenous Relationship Building Circle, in partnership with the City of Pickering, Pickering Public Library, and Carea Community Health Centre, are proud to host the following community events:

Awareness Pin – Beginner Beading Workshop with Janet Dugan

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Chestnut Hill Development Recreation Complex (1867 Valley Farm Rd., Pickering)

Description: In this beginner workshop, Indigenous artisan Janet Dugan – Changing Day/Sky will teach participants about the Indigenous practice of beading. Participants will be provided with a beading kit based on themes that reflect Orange Shirt Day, Red Dress Day and the Medicine Wheel. Participants will learn about the importance of beading as a form of medicine, the tools needed as well as the “one needle flat stitch” method. This workshop is a full day event and free to attend. Space is limited and registration is required to secure a spot. All community members are welcome to register.

Author Reading of “Bubbly Beth” by Nikki Soliman

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Esplanade Park Gazebo (1 The Esplanade)

Description: In this special storytelling session, children and families are welcome to listen to a reading of “Bubbly Beth” by Métis author, Nikki Soliman. “Bubbly Beth” tells the story of an Anishnaabe girl who receives a giant bubble for her birthday, and floats away on an exciting adventure with animal friends to learn about teamwork and friendship. The author reading will be followed by a children’s activity with a bubble machine. Participants will also have an opportunity to purchase a copy of the book and/or have their book signed by the author.

Drum Making Workshop with Mary George

*This event has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Description: The drum is recognized as the heartbeat of Mother Earth and is a sacred part of Indigenous Peoples’ bundles. In this workshop, Mary George, Cultural Resource Advisor from Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services, will guide participants in the creation and caring of their drums to help them on their journey. *This workshop is for community members who self-identify as Indigenous to Turtle Island. To register, please email jsanantonio@pickering.ca

Big Drum Social by Carea Community Health Centre

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Esplanade Park (One The Esplanade, Pickering)

Description: In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, Carea Community Health Centre will host its annual Big Drum Social. The annual celebration will feature a full day of drumming, dancing, storytelling, cultural activities, and vendors. 

About the Indigenous Relationship Building Circle (IRBC)

The City of Pickering is committed to advancing reconciliation with diverse Indigenous communities. According to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report “Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future” (2015),

“Reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country. In order for that to happen, there has to be awareness of the past, an acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes and action to change behavior.”

In 2020, the City adopted a multi-year Indigenous Relationship Building Action plan that focuses on establishing meaningful and intentional relationships with diverse Indigenous communities. This led to the formation of the Indigenous Relationship Building Circle (IRBC) as a local network of Indigenous residents, Indigenous-led organizations and allies that come together to provide guidance and leadership on communities initiatives that honour the contributions, history and cultures of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples.

Members of the IRBC currently include representation from the Indigenous Learning Circle, Oshawa Durham Region Metis Council, Bawaajigewan Aboriginal Community Circle, Carea Community Health Centre, Durham District School Board, Durham College, Ontario Tech University and PFLAG Durham Region. The IRBC is still in its formative stages and welcomes Indigenous community members and allies to join future gatherings.  

For more information about current events and initiatives, please visit letstalkpickering.ca/irbc

Video - Commemorative Orange Crosswalk

painting of Orange Crosswalk

Community Leaders

The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation moved into southern Ontario from their former homeland north of Lake Huron around the year 1700. The Mississaugas are a branch of the greater Ojibwa Nation, one of the largest native groups in Canada. From time immemorial, Mississauga people secured all their needs from the surrounding environment (“Mother Earth”); hunting and fishing and harvesting plant materials for food and medicines. Wild rice, an important food staple, grows in shallow water and was gathered in late summer using birch bark canoes. Visit the website at www.scugogfirstnation.com/Public/Home.aspx

The Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle (BACC) is an Aboriginal-led incorporated non-profit agency in the Durham Region. Bawaajigewin is an Ojibway word that means the action of taking something that is a dream and making it into something you can see in real life. BACC strives to respond to and advocate for the dreams and visions of the Durham Region Aboriginal community. BACC was developed through numerous community partnerships and consultations in the Durham Region, particularly through the assistance of the Carea Community Health Centre and the Durham Region Aboriginal Advisory Circle. Visit the website at bawaajigewin.ca

Metis Nation of Ontario – The Oshawa and Durham Region Metis Council is committed to enhancing community development, the academic success of Metis youth, the promotion of artistic and cultural achievements along with exercising treaty rights under the constitution. Together with our community partners, friends, the support of the MNO and co-council, they strive to provide community programs, outreach and cultural development. Visit the website at: https://www.metisnation.org/community-councils/oshawa-and-durham-region-metis-council/

Carea Community Health Centre provides free, community programs and services to people of all ages across Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and Pickering, including Indigenous programs. Carea staff works to provide holistic care, support, and wraparound services that empower clients to improve their health and wellness. Visit the website at: https://www.careachc.ca/Community-Programs/Programs-by-Type/Indigenous-Programs

Honouring Indigenous Peoples. As Indigenous and Non-Indigenous partners, we are committed to working together. While we have refined our focus with an emphasis on relationship building, we will continue our education and awareness activities including supporting the next generation of leaders and changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. Visit the website at honouringindigenouspeoples.com


To learn more about the residential school system and its aftermath, please see the following recommended resources:

Health & Wellness Supports

For those who require support, please consider accessing the following resources:

  • Indian Residential School Survivors and Family Hotline: 1-866-925-4419
  • Hope and Wellness Helpline – Indigenous Counselling: 1-855-242-3310
  • Durham Mental Health Services: 905-666-0831
  • Wellness Together Canada: Text WELLNESS to 741741 or 686868 (for youth)