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On Tuesday March 22, 2011, the Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education hosted a Dinner and Drum Social in the spirit of presenting and sharing research with the Aboriginal community. The event held at the Niagara Regional Native Centre, began with an address from Dr. Michael Manley-Casimir, Faculty of Education, who spoke about the importance of supporting Aboriginal women in education. This was followed by featured keynote speaker, Kim Anderson, Cree/Métis writer, scholar, educator, and author of A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood (Sumach/Canadian Scholar’s Press, 2000) and the co-edited anthology Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival (Sumach Press, 2003).
Jennifer Brant, Program Developer at the Tecumseh Centre also presented her research on the development of an Aboriginal Women’s Certificate Program. The event began with a delicious buffet style dinner catered by Woodspirits catering. Performances by Jingle Dress Dancer, Keysa Parker, Fancy Shawl Dancer, Adrienne Smoke, and Hoop Dancer, Nicole Shawana followed. Champion Powwow Drum Group Whitefish Jrs. facilitated a Round Dance Social and offered teachings on both the Cree Round Dance and Haudenosaunee Social Dances.
The event was well attended by both the Brock community and the Aboriginal community with over 150 people in attendance. This event served as an avenue for enhancing relationships with the Aboriginal community by keeping the community involved in Aboriginal program development at the university.
For more information on the development of the Aboriginal Women’s Certificate Program please contact Jennifer Brant at firstname.lastname@example.org.