november, 2021

2021mon01nov12:00 PM1:15 PMOpening Prayer and Indigenous Mapping Workshop Welcome Address12:00 PM - 1:15 PM(GMT-04:00) View in my time

Event Details

Opening Prayer

Duration: 15min

We will begin our journey with an opening prayer by Claudette Commanda from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation followed by welcome remarks from Steve DeRoy, founder of the IMW.

Professor Claudette Commanda
 is an Algonquin Anishinabe from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation located in the province of Quebec. An alumni of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law and Faculty of Arts, Claudette has dedicated the last 35 years promoting First Nations people, history, culture and rights in various capacities as a University of Ottawa student, professor, member and chair of the Aboriginal education council; and via public speaking events.

She is a professor for the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Women’s Studies; Faculty of Education; Faculty of Law; and the Aboriginal Studies Program, teaching courses on First Nations Women; Native Education; First Nations People and History; Indigenous Traditions; and Decolonization. In addition, she is the Executive Director of the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres, a national organization which protects and promotes First Nations culture, languages and traditional knowledge. She is inducted into the Common Law Honour Society; served two terms on the Board of Governors for the First Nations University of Canada; and three terms on the Kitigan Zibi band council.

In 2017, Claudette is the first First Nation appointed Elder in Residence for the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa; and the first person of a First Nation heritage to be appointed to the Board of Governors for the University of Ottawa. She is the Special Advisor on Reconciliation, for the Dean, Faculty of Law. Claudette is a proud mother of four and a grandmother to ten beautiful grandchildren. In March 2020, Claudette received the 2020 INDSPIRE Award for Culture, Heritage and Spirituality.

Indigenous Mapping Workshop Welcome Address

Duration: 1hr

Presenter: Steve DeRoy

Steve DeRoy, is Anishinaabe/Saulteaux and a member of the Ebb and Flow First Nation in Manitoba. He is the co-founder, director, and past president of The Firelight Group. He is also the Founder of the Indigenous Mapping Workshop, one of the largest Indigenous mapping networks in North America. Steve will provide an opening greeting to all IMW participants and provide an overview of what to expect over the next few days.



(Monday) 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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