On May 4th, 2017, Hillcrest High School hosted the Mamawi Together Event. The Mamawi Together Event is a powerful example of a community coming together to find its own way to support change on important and critical issues such as reconciliation in Canada. The highlights of the evening included: a panel discussion, cultural performances, as well as celebration and sharing. Close to 400 members of the community attended, and were encouraged to make a personal commitment on reconciliation. These commitments could have been written on a wall or as a video message, via Maple Shots.
We were honoured to welcome Senator Murray Sinclair, and MP Carolyn Bennet (the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs) as our panel guests. They fielded questions and led the discussion on Truth and Reconciliation. The questions were put forward by students who participated in the Youth for Reconciliation Day.
Throughout the evening, there were several cultural performances including:
Tarniriik Throat Singers - Samantha Kigutaq-Metcalfe and Cailyn Degrandpre (Senator Sinclair & Carolyn Bennet joined in).
Prairie Fire Metis Cultural Dancers - Riley, Hunter, and Jacob McKenzie.
First Nations' Hoop Dancer - Theland Kicknosway.
Chi-miigwech, listening to the youth was totally inspiring! Congratulations and it was a powerful night working towards raising awareness and truth and reconciliation.
The evening was made possible by: the OCDSB, the OCSB, the United Church of Canada, RBC, EXP, Hillcrest High School, KPMG, Experiences Canada, and Media Style.
Jillian Altmann - Hillcrest High School