Aboriginal Awareness Week

MARCH 7 - 11, 2016

"My hope and my prayer for this week of events, is that you will gain insights that will better equip you to understand and appreciate the cultural and colonial history, and present complexity, of the lives of Aboriginal Canadians. This is important because, first and foremost, we must understand that we are all in this together; we all have a part to play in the healing of First Nations peoples, and in the renewing of the Canadian federation in which we all now reside. " Kallie Wood, Caronport High School / Briercrest College and Seminary Aboriginal Director

Aboriginal  Awareness Week at Briercrest College and Seminary is an opportunity for you to gain insights that will better equip you to understand and appreciate the cultural and colonial history, and present complexity, of the lives of Aboriginal Canadians. This is important because, first and foremost, we must understand that we are all in this together; we all have a part to play in the healing of First Nations peoples, and in the renewing of the Canadian federation in which we all now reside.  What is "yOUR Part in Reconciliation"?

2016 Schedule

Monday

  • 9:45am AAW Kickoff - Hildebrand Chapel
  • 7:00pm Tipi Raising - Edwards Chapel - Bannock and tea will be served

Tuesday

  • 9:45am Variety Chapel (pdf) - Options are also posted outside of Hildebrand Chapel
  • 10:40am Sess. 1: Aboriginal Panel - RM 134
  • 1:30pm YFC Gym Blast (High School only) - Gym
  • 2:00pm Sess. 2: Marc Levasseur - RM 139 - Western Worldview and Native Worldview and how it impacts understanding of the Bible and interpretation
  • 6:00pm Sess. 3: Dr. Clement Persaud - RM 134 - Community Can Help Reconciliation, How?
  • 7:00pm Blanket Exercise - Edwards Chapel
  • 8:30pm Refined/Undignified - The Landing - "I Am Liberty" Final Show

Wednesday - (Mission Reps will be in the Edwards Chapel all day)

  • 9:45am Presidents Chapel - Hildebrand Chapel
  • 10:40am Sess. 4: Dr. Terry LeBlanc - RM 174 - The Truth and Reconciliation Commission - a Proclamation of Reconciliation
  • 1:00pm Outdoor Tipi - Bannock on a stick, moose, goose, venison and elk.
  • 2:00pm Session 5: Kevin Haywahe - RM 139 - Connecting with Tradition, Understanding Change
  • 6:00pm AAW Restoration Cup Hockey Challenge - Barkman Arena - Come out and make some noise! Special prize for the first 100 people. Special guests, Fred Sasakamoose and Hockey Canada will be in attendance

Thursday- (Mission Reps will be in the Edwards Chapel all day)

  • 9:45am Variety Chapel (pdf) - Options are also posted outside of Hildebrand Chapel
  • 10:40am Sess. 6: Darcy & Nadine Sciog - RM 134 - Make a Difference - Open your Heart, Open your Home, Become a Foster Parent
  • 11:45am Seminary Spotlight: Howard Jolly - RM S113
  • 1:00pm Outdoor Tipi - Bannock on a stick, moose, goose, venison and elk.
  • 2:00pm Sess. 7: Tracey George Heese - RM 139 - Main Stream Society Awareness of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women
  • 7:00pm Jolly Aboriginal Scholarship Concert - Hildebrand Chapel - With Special guests, Andrea Menard and Isaiah Tootoosis of the Revenant.

*Art Display in Room 160 will be open each day.
The Creator's Sacrifice, a series of 17 images was painted by Ovide Bighetty, depicting the Easter story, known as 'Kisemanito Pakitinasuwin

 


Aboriginal Awareness Week Special Guests

Dr. Clement Persaud
Clement Persaud holds a B.Sc. (Hons), University of Ottawa, an M.Sc., McGill University and a Ph.D., University of the West Indies. He was a Professor of Medical Microbiology and Biotechnology at Canadore College in Northern Ontario for 23 years. He has lectured in health education, worked and researched in Microbiology and biotechnology nationally and internationally Currently he is involved with Health Education among First Nations, and has done presentations and workshops in over 40 Bands.

 

 

Marc Levasseur
Marc is the main founder and Executive Director of the French Native Ministry, Organisme Renaissance Autochtone, pastor at the Tapickotc Center in Wemotaci Atikamekw community in La Croche, QC. He teaches intercultural ministry and is also a board member of NAITTS/Indigenous Pathways. Marc is married to Salome and is father of 3 young children. He is a Metis from First Nation (Anishnabe, Wendat and Mi'kmaq) and French Canadian. Marc is a follower of Jesus Christ and comes from an Evangelical Baptist background since his childhood.

 

Tracey George Heese
Tracey's fashion business has allowed her to stay connected to her cultural roots and help others express their beliefs. In 2004 as Founder of "A Proud Generation" she launched an Aboriginal youth calendar project; to recognize and acknowledge Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan. Each year 12-13 role models are chosen for their achievements, leadership, and innovation. They receive a cash bursary and are featured in the "Proud Generation Calendar." In the past 10 years, the Proud Generation Committee has distributed more than $50,000 to over 100 recipients in Saskatchewan.

 

 

Dan Stonechild
In 2014 Daniel was pointed to the direction of working with Indian Metis Christian Fellowship as the community worker under the direction of Executive Director Bert Adema, an urban Aboriginal focused ministry that is supported by the Canadian Reformed Churches in North America. IMCF is also located in the 'heart' of Treaty 4 which is North Central Regina; and has been deemed the most dangerous place in Canada by Maclean's Magazine. He hopes to finish his education by pursuing a Master's and PHD that will contribute to the well-being of his culture within the Christian context.

 

Darcy & Nadine Sciog
Darcy and Nadine live in the heart of Saskatchewan, in Fort Qu'Appelle, which is surrounded by 8 First Nation communities. They have provided foster care for the past 6 years and child care for parents that work and after school programs for the past 15 years. They have provided foster care emergency, short term and long term services for over 100 children in this province. They are very special people because they open their home, give of their time and love over and over again to the children and youth who need it most. They mentor those around them, even having one of their daughters care for an Aboriginal child and working in the Social Services process.

 

Dr. Terry LeBlanc
Terry is Mi'kmaq / Acadian. . In addition to being the Executive Director of Indigenous Pathways, he is also the founding Chair and current Director of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community. Terry holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Asbury Theological Seminary, specializing in Theology and Anthropology. Terry serves as adjunct professor at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Oregon, Acadia University and Divinity College in Wolfville, William Carey International University, and Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, where he also serves as program elder for the University B.Ed. program. Terry has accrued over 38 years of community work in Native North American and global Indigenous contexts including as an educator in theology, cultural anthropology, and community development practice.

 

Kevin Haywahe
Kevin is from Carry the Kettle First Nation, Nakota/Assiniboine. Kevin has danced with the American Indian Dance Theatre for 20 years and toured around the world. He danced on all the islands in Hawaii. He is an 8 time world champion in the Northern Men's Traditional Dance, nominated for a Grammy Award in Folk Art Category. Kevin participated in tours with the legendary late John Trudell. Kevin has a rich history being a descendant of the Massacre of the Cypress Hills of 1873.

 

 

Andrea Menard
The multi-talented Métis performer, Andrea Menard, is a true renaissance woman; she is a singer, a speaker, writer, and an actor. She has performed for royalty, prime ministers, senators, ambassadors, governor generals and even sang her song "Peace" to the world's NATO generals. Andrea's voice is lyrical, raw, and reminiscent of the jazz and blues singers of the 1940's, yet she captures the depth, humour and wisdom of her ancestors. Andrea Menard is mesmerizing in her Gemini-nominated television starring roles, The Velvet Devil, Moccasin Flats, and Rabbit Fall. She currently stars in Blackstone and Hard Rock Medical, and Switch and has released three award-winning albums: The Velvet Devil; Simple Steps; and Sparkle.

 

Mervin & Carol Anne Chee Choo
Mervin was raised in Moose Factory, ON by parents who taught him the Word of God. In his teenage years he committed his life to Jesus. After graduating from Briercrest Bible College, Mervin and his wife Carol Ann settled in Moose Factory to raise their three children while he pastored his home church for thirteen years. Now residing in Sudbury ON, Mervin and Carol Ann assist in pastoral leadership at the Sudbury First Nations church. Together they share a heart to bring God's healing to the wounds of abuse suffered by many people of the First Nations. The Briercrest MA Counselling student is the president of the board of Rising Above, an organization founded and governed by First Nations people, which seeks to educate, equip and empower aboriginals to address their pain and rise above it.

 

Isaiah Tootoosis
Isaiah Tootoosis, 8 years old, lives on the Poundmaker First Nation, west of North Battleford. Isaiah recently starred in the award winning film "The Revenant" where he played Leonardo Di Caprio's son. Isaiah is the great-grandson of the late Gordon Tootoosis, a renowned Cree actor. and Fred Sasakamoose, first Canadian Aboriginal NHL player. Isaiah will be accompanying his great grandfather at the AAW Restoration Cup puck drop on Wednesday evening and make a special guest appearance at the Jolly Aboriginal Scholarship Concert Thursday evening. (will be availble for autographs)

 

Fred Sasakamoose
Fred Sasakamoose, Elder of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation is the first Aboriginal hockey player from Canada to play in the NHL. He played for the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1953-54 NHL season. Since retiring from competitive hockey in 1961, he has been dedicated to encouraging youth through sports involvement. Sasakamoose has been recognized for his achievments and contributions by the Assembly of First Nations and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, as well as other community and sports organizations. Fred continues to actively promote youth and sports activities, teaching traditional ways of hunting, fishing and trapping at cultural camps.

 

 

Josiah Boyd
Josiah longs to see lives changed by the Word of God in the context of the local church. That's it! Perhaps that's because God so graciously used both of those things in Josiah's life so wonderfully … he just can't help it! Josiah and his wife, Patricia, have two little boys-Jonah and Henry-and currently serves as an Associate Pastor at the Church of the Open Bible in Swift Current.

 

 

-----------------------------------

For information:
Kallie Wood, Aboriginal Director
(306)756-3249  •  (306)631-8165  •  kwood@briercrest.ca
Briercrest College and Seminary
510 College Drive, Caronport, SK  S0H 0S0