Today (June 21) has been entitled National Aboriginal Day , which began in 1996 on summer solstice. In 2018, Indigenous Peoples hope that this will be renamed to National Indigenous Peoples day. I support this change (plus making it a holiday for celebrating the many cultures, languages, and first peoples of the land which Canada resides on). There was a wealth of community celebrations across many reserves, many of which we were invited to… However, our route permitted Thunder Bay as our destination, a city with a rich Indigenous population who would be having a large PowWow as well.
Today, I acknowledge that we traveled through the Robinson-Superior Treaty, where we are staying. We traveled through Pic Mobert First Nation and Pic River First Nation where we were met with the most welcoming people.
"Our last stop for the day was at Algoma University who is home to Shingwauk Residential School...Shingwauk was built near Garden River First Nation in the early 1870s, but burnt down within six days of opening. The new site, where Algoma is located now, was opened in 1874 for about 100 years."
"Today, I acknowledge that we traveled through Treaty 61, the Robinson-Huron treaty and are residing in Treaty 61. We passed through Mississauga First Nation, Thessalon First Nation, and Garden River First Nation...We’ve learned a lot about First Nations love and respect for the land. We all have a lot to learn to care for Mother Earth."
"Today, I acknowledge that we traveled through treaty 61 (Robinson-Huron) to treaty 60 (Robinson-Superior), where we will be residing. We traveled through Batchewana FN Rankin community and Michopicoten FN Gros Cap community. Both communities kindly gave us permission to visit."
Spanish Residential School. Sorry, I just had to repeat it because that was a real experience. We had to search long and hard to find this place. I decided to make an additional post for Saturday about this experience because it was so, incredibly, friggin powerful.
Today, I acknowledge that we traveled through treaty Manitoulin Island Treaty, treaty 45, 94, and 61, are residing in Treaty 61 tonight. We spent just under 24 hours in Wikwemikong unceded territory, traveled through Whitefish River and Serpent River reserves. I acknowledge my white privilege and the bias this creates throughout my time on these First Nations lands and thereafter.
Today, I acknowledge that we traveled through treaty 45, 72, and Manitoulin Island Treaty and are residing in Unceded Wikwemikong territory. We traveled through and spent a half a day in each of M’Chigeeng and Wikwemikong First Nations reserves, both of whom kindly gave us permission to visit. I acknowledge my white privilege which impacts my experiences and provides a bias viewpoint.
On Thursday, June 15th, I acknowledge that we traveled through treaty 13, 19, 18, 45, and are residing in treaty 72. I acknowledge that the following is bias by my white privilege and is not intended to replace the stories and experiences of Indigenous people. In addition, this is my interpretation, which may be incorrect. Please feel free to correct where you see fit!
Quick note to all those anxiously awaiting to hear about or journey. We have been having a great time but have been on the road sooooo long as we are stopping every which way to see and meet amazing First Nation community members and recommended scenery. Needless to say, we've been doong alot. And …