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These are the main workshops: K-12 workshops can be found in the Youth Lodge.

We held a varied line-up of live virtual workshops on the themes of anti-violence and healthy gender roles, traditional cultural and wellness practices and ceremony and reconciliation.


Find links to the workshop recordings in the descriptions below.


More information about the youth workshops can be found in the  K-12 youth workshops.

Workshops
Indigenous families talking about inter-generational effects Expanding on the issue of violence against women Integrating Indigenous wisdom into daily practice Culture, masculinity and storying our lives Cultivating safe spaces It starts with me! Acknowledging and empowering ourselves and each other in this journey to end violence. What about intimacy? An interactive space for everyday intimacies and vulnerability practices Tell me a story: Mapping ourselves into place Mino Matisi8in - The philosophy of well-being according to the Algonquins

Indigenous families talking about inter-generational effects

Discussing as our family has and have been addressing inter-generational affects/effects with the 7 grandfather teachings / how we as individuals and families can bring awareness to our behaviours interrelated to the ongoing resilience and love for ourselves.   Click here to watch the workshop.
Bio: Elaine Kicknosway is proud to be Swampy Cree through her biological mother and Chippewa from her biological father’s side. She is a member of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Northern Saskatchewan, and is Wolf Clan. She is a Sixties Scoop Survivor and returned home in late 20’s. She has been long time community advocate in the areas of child welfare, healthy families, and Indigenous women. Elaine is an Indigenous wedding officiant, KAIROS Blanket exercise facilitator and trainer, Indigenous doula, Traditional dancer, singer, drummer and carrier of ceremonial teachings.
Bio: Vince Kicknosway - father of four, grandfather of 13, great grandfather of one, a member of Walpole Island - Loon Clan - he has worked at Odawa Native Friendship Centre for the past 43 yrs. and is presently the Cultural Resource Coordinator.

Expanding on the issue of violence against women

An Elder once mentioned: "As we are working on the healing of violence against the Life Givers (women), maybe we can also heal the violence against the biggest Life Giver - the earth or Mother Earth." Why we call the earth “Mother Earth” is that she provides everything for us, as humans and all creation, to have a good life, similar to what a Mother provides for her children.
The workshop will commence with an overview or teaching on the issue of violence against women and girls and traditional understandings, including our role as humans and caretakers of Mother Earth. A group discussion will follow on ideas about how one can also heal Mother Earth as one is becoming more aware of healing the issue of violence against women and girls. Everything is interconnected.
Develop your vision of healing to walk forward after the Moose Hide Campaign fast!  Click here to watch the workshop
Bio: Verna McGregor is from the First Nation Algonquin Community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg which is approximately 120 kilometres north of Ottawa, Ontario. Ottawa and Gatineau form part of the Algonquin Nation’s traditional unceded lands.
Verna has remained firmly grounded in her community and Nation by also being part of the group of traditional Grandmothers (Kokomisag) and Elders. This includes the importance of promotion of retention of the Algonquin language and culture which is so important when addressing issues from a cultural perspective.

Integrating Indigenous wisdom into daily practice

Join Leslie McGarry, of the Kwagiulth First Nation, as we explore, learn, discover, experience and revisit the benefits of integrating Indigenous Wisdom into our daily practice. We will discuss how Indigenous cultures focus on a holistic understanding of the whole that emerged from the millennium of their existence and experiences; when walking softly on the earth was integral to living in balance with all life, long before contemporary terms like “carbon footprint”, “green economy” and “sustainability” were in common usage; and why traditional western worldviews tend to be more concerned with science and concentrate on compartmentalized knowledge.
This gathering will offer insights into how integration of traditional values, teachings, practices and protocols effectively serve Indigenous peoples as they “stand up against violence towards women and children.”  Click here to watch the workshop
Bio: Leslie McGarry was born and raised on Vancouver Island, representing the 5th generation of her family to work in the field of Cultural Awareness, a legacy that began with her great-great grandfather George Hunt, who worked with anthropologist Franz Boaz to record the cultural heritage and practices of the Kwakwaka’ wakw People. Leslie is also a great-granddaughter of the late Chief Mungo Martin and the eldest granddaughter of the late Chief Henry Hunt, both of whom were internationally renowned artists as well as Master Carvers for the Royal BC Museum’s totem pole restoration project. The Royal BC Museum is also home to a replica of a Cedar Big House belonging to Chief Jonathan Hunt, Leslie’s paternal great-grandfather. Leslie’s grandmother, the late Helen Hunt, was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, where Leslie was employed for twenty-six years.
With this inspirational legacy as a guiding force, and working with many community partners, Leslie provides opportunities to develop and enhance awareness and appreciation for the cultural diversity within Canada’s Indigenous peoples. In her capacity as an Indigenous Cultural Liaison, Leslie relays information that reflects an Indigenous perspective from pre-contact to post-contact history with cultural authenticity and integrity.
From developing school programs in cooperation with the Royal BC Museum to providing cultural support for the BC Legislative Assembly’s Parliamentary Education Office, Leslie provides a cultural component derived from the stories, legends, values and traditions that have been passed down through her family for countless generations.

Culture, masculinity and storying our lives

This workshop is an interactive experience that examines healthy masculinity through a cultural lens. Wedlidi will utilize cultural teachings, story and circles to support a meaningful discourse. The workshop aims to help Indigenous and non-Indigenous men reflect and connect to cultural tools that help us stand against violence towards women and children. Click to watch the workshop.
Bio: Wedlidi Speck is a member of the Namgis tribe of Alert Bay. He is from the Gigalgam clan on his mother’s side and the Tlawitsis tribe on his father’s side. Through his maternal uncle, Wedlidi is the hereditary chief of the Gixsam clan of the Kwaguł tribe of Fort Rupert. His cultural lineage branches from the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuuchanulth (Mowachat) and Salish (E’iksan).
In his cultural history, Wedlidi plays the role of cultural advisor, speaker and mentor for several families. He is a storyteller, Clan Myth-Keeper and spiritual leader. He understands the importance of traditional knowledge and knowledge transfer, and mentors several emerging leaders and hereditary chiefs. In his work with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Wedlidi provides cultural advice to its leadership, management and staff.
For over 40 years, Wedlidi has utilized his free time and holiday time to provide cross-cultural training to provincial and federal government employees, community organizations and colleges and universities to focus on cultural awareness, sensitivity, agility and safety topics. He has volunteered on boards, committees and working groups and is an advocate for inclusion, diversity and collaborative practice.
Wedlidi currently lives in the Comox Valley. He is married and has four adult children, five grandchildren and a sixth grandchild on the way.

Cultivating safe spaces

Cultivating safe spaces utilizes Indigenous stories, teachings and language to cultivate a safe space for healing, communication and learning.  Click here to watch the workshop.
Bio: Elaine Alec is from the Syilx (Okanagan) Nation and Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation and is a member of the Penticton Indian Band in the Interior of British Columbia.
She has been a political advisor, Chief of Staff for the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations, Community Planner for her own First Nation, a public servant with the Province of British Columbia and an employee with the Community Initiatives Unit for Indigenous Services Canada in the BC Region.
Elaine has spent over 20 years in over 100 communities across Canada to promote healing and wellness. She is a partner of an Indigenous-owned and operated planning company called Alderhill Planning Inc. who are recognized as leading experts in Indigenous community planning.
Most recently Elaine led the Path Forward Women & Girls Safety Community Sessions which brought individuals together to talk about a path forward to create a plan with action items and solutions for individuals, families and communities. This work was initiated as a response to the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls National Inquiry’s Calls for Justice.
Elaine is a first-time author of Calling My Spirit Back, a memoir about growing up as an Indigenous girl in Canada and the impacts of colonization. It also provides Indigenous knowledge, teachings and tangible steps on how to cultivate safe spaces for diversity and inclusion.

It starts with me! Acknowledging and empowering ourselves and each other in this journey to end violence.

It starts with me. Calling in those with curiosity, an open heart and mind. Inviting in those who feel some resistance to this journey. All humans are welcome! Ending violence requires each of us shifting our attitude, language, skills, and behaviors, without blame or shame.
How do you begin? What blind spots do you recognize? What steps have you taken or want to take on this journey on continuous learning, self-reflection and shifting of practices, processes, and the way we communicate. How will new information you receive inform your approach going forward?
This free-flowing writing workshop of self-discovery and awareness will help you reflect on, with humility, and inform your practice and approach moving forward. Click here to watch the workshop.

Bio: Stephanie Papik is an award-winning public servant, small business owner, artist and parent. She was born and raised in Akaitcho Territory in the Northwest Territories, grew up in Lekwungen Territory and is of Inuit and European ancestry. She is the mother of two children, now in their twenties. At the age of 24, Stephanie moved to Yellowknife, NWT, to learn more about her culture and strengthen family relations. She returned to Vancouver Island at the age of 32 and took an Executive Director position with the Saanich Native Support Program, providing one-on-one support for Aboriginal families and youth in Tsartlip, Tseycum, Tsawout and Pauquachin. For the last 15 years, Stephanie has accomplished groundbreaking work in the BC public service, including six years at the helm of the Indigenous Youth Internship Program, which won the 2017 Public Sector BC Workplace Inclusion Award for Diverse and Inclusive Culture Champion while under her guidance. In 2017, Stephanie was appointed to the Priorities and Accountability Office in the Office of the Premier of British Columbia. She then moved on to and has been with Emergency Management BC since October 2018.

Bio: Nicole Gagnon leads cultural safety and reconciliation training for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, combining experience in Professional Communications, Change Management and Indigenous Education. She has been a public servant for 14 years, living and working as a guest on the traditional homelands of the Lekwungen Peoples (Victoria, BC). Nicole loves plants and nature and enjoys various expressions of art, including beading, sewing, painting, and knitting. As a mixed-heritage woman, both of Métis and British ancestry, Nicole believes that fostering trusting relationships is fundamental to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Bio: Malisa Fox has a background that includes a career in business, the public sector and non-profit sector. She has been grateful to be in the position most recently as Partnership Coordinator and now Senior Advisor for Emergency Management BC’s Strategic Partnership team. She has worn a few different hats in the last couple of years as Program Lead/Program Coordinator/Program Administrator for the BC Public Service Agency – Indigenous Youth Internship Program, Community Development team member for the NGO Women for Change in rural Zambia, Provincial Youth and Elder Coordinator for BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and Policy Analyst (Aboriginal Youth Intern) for Ministry of Health, Aboriginal Health Directorate.

Bio: Shannon Williams is Métis with mixed European ancestry and has been a guest on Lheidli T’enneh traditional lands most of her life. Since joining government in Spring 2017, Shannon has been fortunate to work in Indigenous Relations with Emergency Management BC and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Through this work Shannon has developed a passion for Truth, Reconciliation and Cultural Safety and Humility training for public servants.

What about intimacy? An interactive space for everyday intimacies and vulnerability practices

Through this explorative workshop we offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the intricate terrain of love, managing and honouring your individual wants-needs-desires, and vulnerability associated with everyday intimacies.
Co-founders of the Moose Hide Campaign Raven and Paul Lacerte often say that ‘every single person is precious.’ We will discuss how every human being is worthy of love, without exception. And explore how love is manifested in everyday life through intimate partner relationships, friendships, relationships with the land and oneself and in the body and mind.
COVID-19 has shifted many practices of everyday intimacies. Normally we are able to hug, kiss, hold hands, spend time together in shared space. Throughout the workshop we will have breakout sessions and body movement exercises to remind our bodies of these intimacies through vocal exercises, journaling, stretching, and dancing.
Sage Lacerte leads this workshop using an Indigenous feminist lens that calls on relationship to land, to human and non-human relatives and to matriarchs.
*Please note that this workshop includes interactive and reflective exercises on the topic of consent, sensuality, self-worth, ego and letting go of resentment. Consider if this is the right workshop for you and contact Sage or the Moose Hide Campaign team with any questions. Click here to watch the workshop.
Bio: Sage Lacerte (Lake Babine Nation) is the National Youth Ambassador of the Moose Hide Campaign. Sage focuses on engaging young people and students in conversation surrounding gender-based violence, Indigenous feminism and cultural resurgent action after completing a Bachelor's degree at the University of Victoria in the Department of Gender Studies. In 2018, Sage founded the Sage Initiative, an impact investment collective for Indigenous womxn between the ages of 18-24 who are interested in social impact economics.

Tell me a story: Mapping ourselves into place

This workshop features a transformational tool that the University of Victoria (UVic) Community Mapping class developed into an online format with the Moose Hide Campaign in 2019. It is a storytelling game which allows participants to listen and record one another’s place-based stories.
In this workshop, participants will first learn a little about online mapping tools using tools developed during past collaborations with the Moose Hide Campaign. Participants will learn about two cartographer-created maps which foreground Indigenous sense of place and decolonized land images.
The participants will then be introduced by facilitators to a mapping game: “tell me a story…” – using an Indigenous place names map and an opportunity to connect and collaborate with fellow workshop attendees. The question prompts in the game were designed to encourage reflection on themes central to the Moose Hide Campaign: love, honesty, courage, wisdom, humility, truth, respect, gender equity, healthy relationships and positive ideas of masculinity.
Participants will come away with the tools to allow them to host their own “tell me a story…” game in future, including online tools and instructions. Thus, the workshop will be instructive, collaborative and useful for future events the participants might hold – and future events with the Moose Hide Campaign.  This workshop was not recorded.
Bio: Maleea Acker is a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria in the Departments of Geography and Canadian Studies.
Bio: Ken Josephson is Cartographer in the Geography Department, UVic.
Both are experienced facilitators of workshops and classes, using collaborative, innovative, online methods.

Mino Matisi8in - The philosophy of well-being according to the Algonquins

The expression Mino Matisi8in (pronounced Matisiwin) refers to well-being and well-living in the language of the Anicinapek, i.e. that of the Algonquins of Canada.
How to achieve it? This is what grandfather T8aminik tells us in this talk based on the Medicine Wheel and the "Seven Grandfathers' Teachings." An Indian Residential School survivor, this former Grand Chief of the Algonquin Nation is a vibrant example of resilience and joie de vivre.
Embark with him on a journey to the heart of Canada's boreal forest. Let yourself be lulled by the songs and words of wisdom of a precious tradition. By deep and simple philosophical teachings to better understand and accept the ups and downs of life and to find harmony with oneself and nature.  Click here to watch the workshop.
Bio: T8aminik (Dominique) Rankin turned his focus to his role as a spiritual leader after a successful career in politics and serving as Grand Chief of the Algonquin Nation. He has since devoted his efforts to teaching and healing, as well as preserving and promoting Indigenous cultures, both nationally and internationally.
A survivor of the painful era of Indian Residential Schools, he gives a vibrant testimony about forgiveness and reconciliation in the book They Called Us Savages. Co-Chair of the World Council of Religions for Peace (an organization linked to the United Nations), Elder T8aminik is a member of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. Senator for the Native Friendship Centers Movement in Canada, he is also founding president of Kina8at-Together and of the Dominique Rankin Foundation. But to many, he is simply grandfather Dominique, a man known for his boundless energy, his irrepressible sense of humour and the broad message of peace and harmony he shares across Canada and the world.
Bio: Marie-Josée Tardif spent the first fifteen years of her professional career making a name for herself as a journalist and news anchor in Quebec, Saskatchewan and the UK. Her personal work and journalistic curiosity soon led her to explore our human potential, which in turn led her to meet and interview visionaries such as Eckhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz and the Dalai Lama. In 2007, her existence shifted when the Elders of the Algonquin nation offered her to become a Sacred Pipe carrier, which meant she would have to devote her entire life to the study of the traditional medicine and culture of this ancient people. In addition to sitting on several international committees, including the Global Women of Faith Network, the woman now known as grandmother Marie-Josée is the co-founder of the Dominique Rankin Foundation and the non-profit organization Kina8at-Together, two organizations dedicated to the preservation and transmission of indigenous traditions.
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Affirming Identity and Protection: Through Story Telling

Affirming Identity and Protection: Through Story Telling

In this 1.5 hour workshop we will explore land acknowledgments and how we host and are hosted on others lands, experience creating safe circle agreements with one and other and listen and challenge our perceptions of land and water relations through the Story of Camosung. The offering of the Story of Camosung will allow folks to reflect up their relationship to Indigenous lands, and the importance of relationship to the lands, waters and beings big and small.
Participants will be guided through a series of questions after the story that will hopefully open hearts and minds on how we choose to walk in this world and in relation to those around us, creatures big and small.
This workshop was not recorded.