National Indigenous History Month: Week of June 7-11

National Indigenous History Month
Jun 11

June is National Indigenous History Month. It's a time for everyone - Indigenous, non-Indigenous and newcomers - to reflect upon and learn the history, sacrifices, cultures, contributions, and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. It’s important to keep in mind that First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples each have their own unique histories. And within each group, there are distinct histories. 

Throughout the month of June, Indigenous Student Services will be sharing daily facts and resources on social media, weekly film suggestions, and a guest speaker presentation for all students, faculty and staff. 

This week:

Monday June 7

Daily Fact: Throat Singing is a traditional game of the Inuit; to win, you have to be the last to laugh.

Check it out:

Music: The Halluci Nation, formerly known as A Tribe Called Red, is a Canadian electronic music group who blend instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of First Nations music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming.

Watch: The Halluci Nation - Land Back Ft. Boogey The Beat & Northern Voice 

Visit their YouTube Channel: Halluci Nation YouTube

Tuesday June 8

Daily Fact: The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, is comprised of six-member nations including the Onondaga, Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, and Tuscarora.

Teaching: The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address is recited to open and close all gatherings, meetings and ceremonies. Its purpose is to bring the people together with one mind to tend to the matter which is the purpose for the gathering.

This past year, Mohawk College's Indigenous Student Services partnered with McMaster University's Indigenous Student Services and Indigenous Students Health Sciences to create a series of Elder videos as resources for students.

To learn about the Thanksgiving Address with Tehanhentah, watch: 

Wednesday June 9

Daily Fact: Prior to the arrival and settlement of European immigrants, Indigenous people had complex and successful knowledge systems and practices about land systems, sciences, mathematics, clans, politics, physical and mental health, and food security that provided healthy and abundant livelihood for millions of peoples for tens of thousands of years.

Athletes: For many Indigenous nations throughout North America, lacrosse is referred to as the Creator's Game and is known for its power to heal people and communities. It was a gift from the Creator. The game of lacrosse has been a central element of many Indigenous cultures for centuries.

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is full of Indigenous talent. See full article here: NLL teams full of Indigenous talent

Thursday June 10

Daily Fact: Today there are over 500,000 Métis people in Canada.

Dances: Métis music reflects their mixed ancestry and therefore comprises an amalgam of music styles, languages, and socio-cultural elements. The Red River Jig is a traditional dance of the Metis. This dance is usually accompanied by fiddle music.

Watch to learn more:

Friday June 11

Daily Fact: There are about 1.4 million people of Indigenous ancestry in Canada, referring to three distinct cultural groups of original inhabitants: First Nations (status and non-status Indians), Metis (a culture born of the mixing of elements of First Nations and European settlers) and Inuit (peoples from far northern territories)

Film: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017)

This powerful documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history-featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time-exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how Indigenous musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives and, through their contributions, influenced popular culture.

Watch Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (102mins)

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Questions? Contact Indigenous Awareness Programmer:
Amanda Aitchison
Phone: 905-575-1212 x4318
Email: amanda.aitchison2 [at] mohawkcollege.ca