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Summer Institute with Eddy Robinson and Reagan Kennedy August 22-17

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Crawford Lake Conservation Area is pleased to welcome noted speaker Eddy Robinson and artist/educator Reagan Kennedy to present a special Summer Institute “Truth and Reconciliation: Implementing the Calls To Action” for educators and interested members of the public. The workshop is on Tuesday, August 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can build their awareness of the impacts of Residential Schools and how the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission can be honoured in every classroom.

Join us in the Deer Clan Longhouse, a stunning modern space located within a reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian Village at Crawford Lake Conservation Area, to learn how you can play a role in building relationships between people and communities

Space is limited and pre-registration is required - tickets are $25 plus HST per person and include the workshop, park admission, and parking. To register and for more information, please visit the Summer Instiute listing on the Conservation Halton Events Calendar. Stay the day and explore the 15th century Iroquoian Village and rare meromictic lake located at Crawford Lake. Tea and coffee will be served.

About Eddy Robinson
Indigenous Speaker, Educator, Musician & Activist
Born to the Missanabie Cree First Nation, but born and raised in Toronto, Eddy Robinson didn’t enjoy an easy childhood as an Anishinaabe youth in the big city. His father, a Residential School survivor, left the family when Eddy was just three years old and he subsequently endured years of abuse from an alcoholic parent. It was during these early years that he was first exposed to a heritage that he now credits with saving his life. Eventually ending up in the care of his grandparents, Eddy found himself on the same path of violence and addiction that dominated his childhood. He credits a Catholic priest at the Native Peoples Parish in Toronto for first encouraging him to seek out his roots. He pointed Robinson to a traditional Anishinaabe Vision Quest/Fasting ceremony that would begin his journey towards sobriety.

The power of the Dewegun (Drum) has opened the door to other aspects of his culture. A member of the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Eddy established his First Nations owned and operated business Morningstar River in 2007 to address the societal need for Indigenous education and displays of authentic culture. Eddy is a noted Anishinaabe artist, musician, activist and educator, and is a member of the National Speakers Bureau.

View Eddy Robinson’s TedX Talk “An Indigenous Journey to Leadership”  or visit eddyrobinsonmsr.com to learn more.

About Reagan Kennedy
Reagan Kennedy is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator and arts educator of Lenni-Lenape descent. With a background in community arts programming, Reagan has worked for various organizations including the Station Gallery, OCAD University and the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. She is a graduate of OCAD University where she completed her degree in Criticism & Curatorial Practice and Indigenous Visual Culture. In 2014 Reagan debuted her major body of work in the inaugural exhibition of the Deer Clan Longhouse at Crawford Lake Conservation Area titled Exchanges and Changes: Comprehensive Narratives. She is currently the Arts Program Coordinator for 7th Generation Image Makers of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.