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OCDSB Indigenous Speakers Series

The OCDSB Indigenous Speaker Series is a series of insightful talks featuring Indigenous leaders, authors, creators, innovators, and storytellers. These events provide an opportunity to learn about the culture, perspectives, and experiences of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit community members.


All OCDSB staff and students are invited to join us for these free virtual talks. Links to the livestreams will be posted on the OCDSB Student Portal and Staff Portal. If you have any questions, please contact the Indigenous Education Team.

Upcoming Speakers

Autumn PeltierAutumn Peltier
Date: January 19th, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m.

The OCDSB Indigenous Speakers Series proudly presents a webinar with Autumn Peltier for OCDSB staff and students in grades 7 to 12.



 

Emily Marie SeguinEmily Marie Seguin

Dates: Tuesday, January 12 and Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Time: 9:30 p.m.

 

The OCDSB Indigenous Speakers Series proudly presents two webinars with Emily Marie Seguin, for OCDSB staff and students in JK to grade 6.

 

To access the livestream, click the YouTube link below before the event. 

 

French Session

Date: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Livestream Link: https://youtu.be/Sn2KpRWWzLE

 

English Session
Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
Time: 9:30 a.m.

Livestream Link: https://youtu.be/bchnT2pctJc

 

Emily Marie Seguin is an emerging performer, writer, theatre creator and visual artist. Hailing from the Oji-Algonquin Nations surrounding Golden Lake, she is a mixed two-spirit Anishinaabekwe, creating work to honor her ancestors and reclaim artistic spaces.
Additional Resources

The Story of Sound Workshop Breakdown (English)

The Story of Sound Workshop Breakdown (French)

Past Speakers

Kanahus Manuel Kanahus Manuel 
Date:Friday, December 11th, 2020 
Time:1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This rare and special live stream will feature Kanahus Manuel from the west coast (Secwepemc and Ktunaxa) who will be speaking to students in grades 9 to 12 on current events taking place on Indigenous lands in British Columbia.

This session will be moderated by Isaac Murdoch (Serpent River First Nation) and together they will highlight the connections between colonialism and climate change, resource extraction and violence against Indigenous peoples, and how students can play an important role in solidarity and action movements.







Isaac MurdochIsaac Murdoch
Date:Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
Time:11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This event is open to OCDSB grade 9 to 12 students and staff. Bomgiizhik Isaac Murdoch is from Serpent River First Nation. He is of the Fish Clan and is Anishinabe. He loves learning about the earth and stars and passing it on to young people. He currently lives at Nimkii Aazhibikoong an Anishinabek Cultural Community north of Lake Huron.  






Riley Yenso Riley Yesno 
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Riley Yesno (she/her/hers) is a queer Anishinaabe writer, researcher, and public speaker from Eabametoong First Nation. Riley grew up primarily in Thunder Bay, ON and currently calls Toronto, ON, and St. John’s, NL, home. She has experience working at all levels of change making, from the grassroots to the international, and has participated in over 100 panels, workshops, and conferences. Riley has attended climate negotiations at the United Nations, delivered a TEDx Talk, and travelled the world public speaking. You can find Riley’s writing in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Maclean’s, and many others. She is currently studying at the University of Toronto.

This event, hosted by JKyl Morrison, Indigenous Grad Coach, is open to Grade 9-12 students and staff. 






Monique Manatch
Monique Manatch
Sessions: Secondary - Tuesday, November 3rd from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
                 Elementary - Wednesday, November 4th from 12:45 p.m. 1:45 p.m.

Monique Manatchis a member of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. Monique is a Knowledge Keeper working closely with Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont. In 2004, Monique became founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations (www.icmi.ca). ICMI is dedicated skills development of Indigenous women and youth through the production media and arts. Monique has facilitated Indigenous artists and community members throughout Ontario and Quebec. 





Cody Coyote
Cody Coyote
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cody Coyote was born in 1992, raised in Ottawa, Ontario, and is of Ojibwe/Irish descent with ancestry from Matachewan First Nation. With his fusion of strong, profound lyricism accompanied by corresponding influential sounds, this multi-award nominated and award winning hip-hop/electronic artist grabs his listeners' attention and delivers a mesmerizing performance. Outside of music, Cody Coyote is also a motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and is the host of “The Beat” on elmnt fm. 

This event, hosted by Josh Josh Lewis (Noodin), Indigenous Student Support Coordinator, is open to Grade 7-12 students and staff.



Waubgeshig Rice

Waubgeshig Rice

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. 
Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation on Georgian Bay. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, was inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community, and won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. His debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014. A French translation of Legacy was published in 2017. His latest novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was released in 2018 and quickly became a bestseller. As a journalist, he most recently worked as host of Up North, CBC Radio’s afternoon show for northern Ontario. He currently lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and son.  


Drew Haydon TaylorDrew Hayden Taylor
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020 Time: 1:00 p.m.  Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, novelist, journalist and filmmaker. Born and living on the Curve Lake First Nation (Anishnawbe), Drew has done everything from performing stand up comedy at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC to serving as Artistic Director of Canada's premier Indigenous theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts. Drew is the author of 33 books, including his latest novel, Chasing Painted Horses. He sees himself primarily as a contemporary storyteller.





Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle

Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Jesse Thistle is a Métis-Cree-Scot from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, whose bestselling memoir, From the Ashes (Simon and Schuster Canada), chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is. His scholarship is focused on intergenerational and historic trauma of the Métis people, and also reflects on his own past struggles with homelessness. Jesse is widely recognized in the scholarly community and beyond. He holds an MA in History from Waterloo and is an Assistant Professor of Métis Studies at York University.





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