The goals of the Indigenous Awareness Workshops are to promote understanding of Indigenous cultures and values; increase awareness of Indigenous issues; and enhance communication with Indigenous peoples. They are designed and facilitated by Indigenous professionals. Delivery includes lectures, group exercises, panel discussions, resource speakers, audio-visuals and group discussions. Workshops are one to three days. Example Workshop Outline:Day 1 - Overview of Indigenous Culture. Content: Creation Story; Basic Concepts About Indigenous Culture; Diversity Among Peoples; Ceremonies.Day 2 - History of Indigenous and European Relationships. Content: Contact and Effects of Contact with Europeans; Treaties, Federal Indian Law, Indian Act, Indian Affairs; Assimilation Policy.Day 3 - Contemporary Indigenous Issues. Content: Examination of Current Issues: Indigenous Rights; Constitution; Self-Determination; What Indigenous People Want.
TekarontakeLongtime speaker and interpreter . Workshop: "Traditional philosophy of the Iroquois". He knows that the Kaianerehkowa, the Great Law of Peace, is the foundation for world peace. Specializes in US/Canada border issues.
TaiotekaneLawyer. Courageous and committed to protecting the rights of Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients. Very knowledgeable about the court system and criminal law that victimizes many Indigenous people. Almost 40 years of experience in the system in which he never compromised his Indigenous principles.
KaniehtiioActor. Workhop: "Talent from the Youth Perspective'. She is part of the coming female energy. Her background is sports, waterpolo and competitive swimming. She is a trained experienced actor appearing in many current films, such as "Indian Summer", "The Trotskie", "Web of Lies", "Moccasin Flats", "Wild Hunt", "the Colony", "18 to Life", and so on. Her main focus is to help youth to find their identity and energy through understand Indigenous culture
John KaneRadio show "Native Pride". He is a longtime activist in the issues facing Indigenous people, particularly economic oppression. Workshop: Trade and commerce, legal, historic and current issues of the Iroquois nations.
AroniakonsParalegal entrepreneur. Lifelong musician [violin, banjo, guitar, mandolin and pedal steel guitar] who has written songs and music, as well as singing the traditional songs of the Longhouse. He is skilled in political, legal and economic aspects of Native land issues. Workshop: "Historic Pre-European to Present and Future Expectations". Certified golf instructor and coach. Workshop: "Challenges of Colonial Martial Law Trying to Stop Economic Development in Native Communities".
KakwirakeronWorkshop: "What is Economic Sovereignty:" "Our spirituality is based on giving greetings and thanks to that system that makes life on Mother Earth possible". "Economic sovereignty is the foremost issue". Another Workshop: "Consensual Decision Making", the traditional system of resolving issues, big and small. This unique system can be taught to all groups who want to learn to resolve issues where everyone has a voice and all are equal.
Eric SchweigInuit. Actor for several decades. He is currently starring in two Series: "Blackstone" and "Casino". Throughout his life he has been a front line street outreach worker. Workshop: Issues facing Urban Homeless Indigenous and Inuit Peoples. He Has honorary doctorate from Nipissing University for his work among Indigenous youth.
KahentinethaStory Teller, writer, interpreter from the Great Law perspective. She is a stalwart elder woman, mother and grandmother. She has written almost 1,000 MNN articles on all aspects of Indigenous resistance. She is Editor of MNN Mohawk Nation News since its beginning in 1990 during the Mohawk Oka Crisis that plagued that summer.
Thahoketoteh of KanekotaLives at the source of the Grand River. His main role is jurisdictional. He has studied extensively the history and contemporary legal issues of Rotino'shonni'onwe. His gifts are music and story telling. Workshop: "Reclamation of Kanekota and its implications for re-establishing Kaianerehowa". He has many insights into "The Return of Dekanawida's Message".
Dacajewiah, Splitting the SkyWriter, Speaker, Sundance Chief. Activist on court and prison system. Wrote "From Attica to Gustafsen Lake". He sets an example, writing his memoirs, proving that the pen can be personally more healing and publicly mightier than the sword for the Indigenous Peoples in their struggle for Justice. Workshop: Human invincibility against repressive forces. Ecode, raising of prison walls and globalization growing divisions between small, entitled minorities and large, dis-entitled majorities. All peoples have the right to exercise their right of self-defence as part of self- determination.
Colonial Goal of AssimilationFirst the holocaust of 120 million Indigenous in the Western Hemisphere. Then the Genocide policy of placing us in isolation. Now the final stage of assimilation/absorption. Is it working? The Residential School Program of the government and churches have been devastating for the Indigenous peoples.
Media Stereotyping of Indigenous PeopleThe mainstream media is run by a cartel of propagandists who promote the corporate agenda. Indigenous are resource and land owners are demonized. Historic wrongs have been ignored, covered up or twisted. The Europeans are making wrong decisions based on their own misinformation.
Indigenous Basis of International LawThe Two Row Wampum of Indigenous agreements and compacts is the basis of international law. It signifies that the Europeans would remain in their ship and the Indigenous would be in the canoe. They would maintain their own languages, ways and laws government their own people. The land would never be forfeited by the indigenous owners. Both vessels would go down the river of life, never crossing paths. The Indigenous nations have been violated by the visitors. The consequences must be dealt with.
Haudenosaunee Philosophy and Historic Land IssuesThe relationship of land to the people is explained. An historic overview of the land regime and the peace that was originally created between the Indigenous and the visitors has been broken. What are the affects? The Kanianerekowa and Two Row Wampum principles need to be understood. They are the basic philosophies underlying all treaties between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Cross Cultural Encounters.Indigenous and non-Indigenous misunderstand each other, leading to serious conflicts. The Indigenous view of the land as their birthright, while the Corporate structure sees land as an economic commodity to be exploited. This has lead to environmental degradation. The mainstream must learn Indigenous history and truth to resolve 500 years of misunderstanding.
Residential Schools ProgramThis is part of the genocide policy of taking young children from their families and communities to be educated. It was one of the greatest crimes in history of Great Turtle Island perpetrated by the governments and churches. It fundamentally damaged the Indigenous people for generations to come. The apologies do not address the long term consequences. What can the perpetrators do to honestly address the damage?
Indigenous People and the CourtsExplaining the colonial laws and Indigenous constitutional jurisdiction. Indigenous never surrendered their birth right. The artificial entities must resolve this impasse where Indigenous want to save Mother Earth and the occupiers want to continue to exploit the land and resources. The colonial courts are for profit and punishment.
Oka Crisis of 1990It was Wednesday, September 26, 1990. Fifty-two men, women, children and ten journalists, were holding out. The War Chief had given a coded message in Mohawks over the Radio. He waned them to vacate the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centre as soon as possible because "something was coming down that night". Since September 1, 1990 the Canadian Army had surrounded the Centre. There was no communication with the outside world, little food was coming in, the weather was getting cold. The army was stepping up its psychological warfare, and the Canadian and Quebec governments wanted an end to the Mohawk Crisis that had plagued the summer of 1990. Over 10,000 Mohawks were affected. This workshop will be the story of this historical 78 day siege, presented with first hand information, videos and discussion.
Indigenous Health CareMedicines were promised to the Indigenous peoples. Unfulfilled promises have lead to Indigenous people suffering ill health similar to third world living conditions, from lack of clean water, inadequate housing, malnutrition and other horrific health problems. Major health issue must be addressed. MNN has health professionals who can provide knowledge and guidance to the mainstream and medical fields.
Legal Basis of Modern ActivismIndigenous peoples, two hundred fifty million, or more, and one of the world's most endangered humans have several roads open to them. They could disappear into the larger societies without leaving a trail to their past, their ancestor, culture and spiritual values. They could enter the prisons of the body, mind and soul created for them from concrete, steel, alcohol, drugs, violence, segregation and cruelty. Or they could resist, assert their dignity, their equal worth and struggle for the survival of their people and all they have to offer humanity. This story must be told!
Indigenous Role in Environmental IssuesThe abuse of the environment has lead to the breakdown of the hierarchical centralized corporatocracy. Depletion of oil will destroy modern life. No more gas will lead to cities becoming unviable, transport and road systems useless, food and most production becoming localized. The old knowledge will be invaluable. Small independent communities will survive. The masses will need to learn to become their own service providers. In this way anger and racism will be avoided.
Longhouse/Great Law PhilosophyIndigenous culture is all encompassing, based on the relationship to the natural world. The Kaianerekowa, Great Law of Peace, is scientific, based on observation of the natural world. Tools have been put in the Great Law to help the Indigenous people to use their minds and energy to solve all their problems. Various exercises help in the understanding of this concept, to bring people from "I" to "we" in their thinking.
Consensual Decision making ProcessOne of the problems in discussions between the Indigenous people and the colonial governments is the differing processes of decision making preferred by each: hierarchical vs. communal consensual decision making. This exercise is to give the participants the experience of arriving at decisions based on an Indigenous process.