JUNE 2021 NIAGARA PARKS: INDIGENOUS MONTH SPEAKER SERIES (VIRTUAL)
Explore some of Niagara’s past and present Indigenous connections with this three-part speaker series.
Niagara Parks has partnered with Landscape of Nations 360° to offer a virtual speaker series in June in celebration of National Indigenous History Month. The three-part series features commentators specializing in Indigenous history, art and culture with a focus on Indigenous connections along the Niagara Parkway. The series features a diverse line-up of Indigenous leaders, historians and artists.
- June 10, 2021: Designing the Landscape of Nations Memorial, Tim Johnson, Tom Ridout & Raymond Skye
- June 17, 2021: Strawberry Moon Matriarch Circle, Renee Thomas-Hill & Jackie Labonte
- June 24, 2021: The Battle of Chippawa: The Divide Among Peoples, Jim Hill & Travis Hill
The land along the Niagara River has been recognized as a spiritual place with rich ties to Indigenous history and culture for many generations. Oral tradition and archaeological evidence indicate that Indigenous peoples have lived along the Niagara River, from Fort Erie north to the shores of Lake Ontario in Niagara-on-the-Lake, for 13,000 years and the series will provide attendees with an in depth look at this history. Each session will include an interactive question and answer period with the speakers following their presentations.
Additional event details, speaker bios and tickets are available at niagaraparks.com/indigenous. Tickets are $15 per event, with access to all three events available for $35. All sessions will begin at 7:00pm.
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NIAGARA FALLS MUSEUM OF HISTORY: INDIGENOUS PROGRAMMING
Visit the Niagara Falls Museum of History for regular Indigenous programming throughout the year.
- June 17, 2021: Indigenous Symbolism in Beadwork
Join us for a conversation with Samuel Thomas where he explores the importance of the strawberry in Haudenosaunee culture. Sam is a member of the Cayuga Nation and a respected beadwork artist with pieces in the permanent collections of museums across Canada and the United States, including the ROM. Click on the link to register.
- June 24, 2021: Power of Music
Join Phil Davis; an established local musician of Haudenosaunee decent whom partakes in Traditional Haudenosuanee songs, is a Pow Wow and Creee Round dance singer, and co-founder of the 7-piece blues/rock/funk/jazz jam band Ol’Child.
“My focus of sharing is to speak to the importance of our music and how they play a role in our daily lives. The meaning of songs, the importance of them to us, and how that knowledge translates to today’s world that we all share. Why does music affect us as human beings, how long has it been around, what purpose did/does it have? I believe we all absorb and gravitate towards sound because it is an important aspect to our being. I find sharing my experiences and perspective of music leads to great dialog about the self and the world we share. It knows no boundaries and continues to be the universal language.”
MAY 19, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Virtual) - 13,000 YEARS OF INDIGENOUS SETTLEMENT IN THE NIAGARA REGION
Niagara Parks Speaker Series: Dr. Rob Macdonald and Dr. Martin Cooper
Archaeological evidence suggests that as the Laurentide Ice Sheet receded 13,000 years ago, Indigenous peoples adapted to a new landscape in the Great Lakes area. The location of their settlements and the technology they created demonstrate a transition that evolved for thousands of years. In this seminar, discover how Indigenous peoples responded to drastic landscape changes in the Niagara region, and shifted from a hunter-gatherer economy to an agricultural economy over the course of 2000 years.
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NOVEMBER (Annual) - VALOUR AND VICTORY
The Landscape of Nations memorial is the location of a solemn Remembrance Day ceremony each November for Indigenous veterans and the Six Nations and Native Ally contributions and sacrifices made during the Battle of Queenston Heights and the War of 1812 in support of their British and Canadian compatriots.