Indigenous Inquiries

6th Annual Indigenous Inquiries Circle Pre-Conference Day

May 17th, 2017

(Silent Auction All Day)

Everyone Welcome

The Circle is always Open, but never Broken

Pipe Ceremony 8:30 a.m.

Joseph Naytowhow, Pipe Ceremony in the morning prior to the commencement of

the pre-conference day, all invited to the green space Quad by Illini Union

Illini Room C

Welcome Song 9:30 a.m.

 Acknowledging the Land 9:45 a.m.

Jamie Singson, Director Native American House, University of Illinois

We wish to acknowledge the land upon which we gather here today for the 10th Qi Congress. These lands were the traditional territory of a number of First Nations bands prior to European contact, with the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Odawa, Sauk, Mesquakie, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, Chippewa people being some of the last bands forcibly removed. This land witnessed many First Peoples resistance against the pressures of colonization manifested through war, disease, and Diaspora.  These lands carry that memory, through the stories of the people and the struggle for survival and identity in the face of overwhelming colonizing power. We all need to become aware of what Haig-Brown and Dannenmann (2002) have called the “pedagogy of the land” and begin to watch and listen to the stories of the land. It is through this process that we may begin to heal the ruptures of the past. As scholar Mary Young has suggested through the Anishinaabe language and the term, pimosayta—“let us walk together”, and in that walking together we may learn and heal from the memory of the land so that we may realize pimatisiwin—“walking in a good way”.

Haig-Brown, C. & Dannenmann, K. (2002). A pedagogy of the land: Dreams of respectful relations. McGill Journal of Education, 37(3), 451-468.

Young, M. (2012) Personal communication with Patrick Lewis and Janice Huber September 18th via telephone.

10:00 a.m.

Visit with Dr. Graham Smith

10:30 a.m.

IIC Retreat Workshop

Shawn Wilson and Monty Montgomery with Patrick Lewis

Forward Visioning Ceremony, History, Mentoring of the IIC

12:00 p.m.

Lunch on Campus in the Food Court

(Vouchers provided)

1:00 p.m.

Gather in the ballroom to organize groups to travel

to the Anita Purves Nature Centre

1:30 p.m.

Anita Purves Nature Centre

Sitting in Circle with Elder Joseph Naytowhow

Indigenous Artist Researchers UBC Okanogan

On the land walking in a good way

3:30 p.m.

Closing: Drum, Song, Round Dance

Joseph Naytowhow

Gathering 6:30 p.m.

Asian American Culture Centre

Indigenous Inquiries Organising Circle

  1. Monty Montgomery, Rose Cameron, Kryssi Staikidis, Mere Skerrett, Roe Bubar, Damara Paris, Elizabeth Fast, Anjali Helferty, Craig Campbell, Jamie Singson, Margaret Kovach, Virginie Magnat, Shawn Wilson, Marcelo Diversi, Amy Prorock-Ernest, Jenny Ritchie, Warren Linds, Amy Funk, Ebru Cayir,

Nuno da Costa Cardoso Dantas Ribeiro, M.J. Barrett, Jennifer Nutton, Ann Sutton, Ana Genkova, Patrick Lewis.