GRANDMOTHER'S VOICE PRESENTS

Universal Connections

A National Indigenous People's Day Event

JUNE 21 2024
10 AM - 9 PM
The Meeting House, Oakville

Celebrate with Us

Grandmother’s Voice invites your organization to join us on June 21st, 2024, to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. Hosted right in your neighbourhood, we have a full day planned of influential speakers, performances, food, and activities. Learn about Indigenous worldviews and perspectives that are to be shared with all people, connecting us to the natural world and each other.

Take part in hands-on activities, singing, dancing, and mingling with Indigenous Grandmothers and Residential School Survivors.

Location Details

The Meeting House
 2700 Bristol Cir, Oakville, ON L6H 6E1

Ticket Information

Individual Tickets: $10
Corporate Sponsorship: For opportunities to support food, travel, and honorariums for our Elders and guests, email Jody@grandmothersvoice.com.

Our Speakers

Samantha Doxtator

SPEAKER SERIES
Universal Connection



(See Bio)
Samantha Doxtator, an Oneida of the Wolf Clan, is a personal development consultant who teaches life and employability skills grounded in traditional values. A lifelong learner and researcher, she shares her nurturing gifts widely. Samantha is a dedicated family member and has taken on her late sister Sasha kʌha's work on Haudenosaunee Astronomy, which is considered medicine by many communities. Her goal is to help others heal and nurture Ukwehuwe brilliance through astronomical knowledge.

Allen Sutherland

SPEAKER SERIES
Teachings from the Anishinaabe Perspective

(See Bio)
Allen Sutherland, known by his spirit name Waabishki Mazinazoot Michtaatim (White Spotted Horse), is an Anishinaabe from the Skownan First Nation, Treaty 2 Territory. With over 30 years of experience in various government roles and grassroots community work, Allen bridges traditional and contemporary worlds. As an Anishinaabek historian, traditional knowledge keeper, and nation builder, he runs White Spotted Horse, Inc. and Ginew Healing Lodge, providing sought-after training on Anishinaabe history and culture.

Jody
Harbour

MASTER OF CEREMONIES



(See Bio)
Jody Harbour, an Urban Indigenous woman and passionate entrepreneur, co-founded Grandmothers Voice, inspired by the wisdom and prophecies of Indigenous Grandmothers. Dedicated to community service, she has volunteered with numerous organizations, fostering connections and driving positive change. Grandmothers Voice aims to awaken the Medicines Within, promoting consciousness and harmony.

Grandmother Rene

OPENING
CEREMONY



(See Bio)
Grandmother Renee, also known as Kanate’hson/Elder Renee Thomas-Hill, is from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy of the Grand River Territory, honoring her Cayuga Bear and Mohawk Turtle lineage. A mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, educator, historian, lecturer, wisdom keeper, and cultural consultant, she serves as an Elder at McMaster University, Six Nations Polytechnic, and Indigenous Diabetes Healing Circle. She is dedicated to teaching the "Great Law" and guiding others on the pathway of "Skennen-Peace."

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

SPEAKERS

CONNECTING WITH ELDERS AND RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS

LIVE PERFORMANCES

MUSICIANS

VENDOR MARKET

FOOD

KIDS ACTIVITIES

SINGING AND DANCING

WORKSHOPS

 

Corporations and Organizations

Why You Would Want to Take Part

  • To enhance your corporate social responsibility (CSR) profile.

  • To demonstrate your commitment to reconciliation and support for Indigenous communities.

  • To foster inclusivity and diversity within your organization.

  • To provide your staff with unique cultural experiences and knowledge.

  • To support the preservation and celebration of Indigenous cultures and traditions.

  • To gain insights into Indigenous perspectives on sustainability and environmental stewardship.

  • To contribute to the economic development and empowerment of Indigenous communities.
  • To build meaningful relationships with Indigenous leaders and communities.
  • To create a positive impact on the social fabric of your local area.
  • To participate in a community-focused event that promotes unity and understanding.
  • To meet your local Indigenous non-profit organization.
  • As a response to TRC Calls to Action #92 for the Corporate Sector in Canada. [learn more]
  • Learning opportunities for your organization and staff.
  • An opportunity for your Indigenous staff to connect with culture and community.

Sponsorship Opportunies

We offer Sponsorshop Opportunies, we welcome your partnership.

Eagle: $10,000

Hawk: $5,000

Turtle: $3,000

Deer: $1,000

Group Rate Tickets

 

Email Jody@grandmothersvoice.com for more details.

Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada was established to document the history and lasting impacts of the Canadian Indian residential school system on Indigenous students and their families. The TRC’s final report included 94 Calls to Action, urging all levels of government, institutions, and individuals to work together to repair the harm caused by residential schools and to advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.

Call to Action #92 specifically addresses the corporate sector, urging companies to adopt practices that respect Indigenous rights and promote equitable opportunities. This is a crucial step for businesses to contribute positively to reconciliation efforts and to ensure that their operations align with the principles of respect and equality.

Key Components of Call to Action #92:

i. Meaningful Consultation and Respectful Relationships: Commit to meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before proceeding with economic development projects. This ensures that Indigenous voices are heard and considered in decisions that affect their lands and resources.

ii. Equitable Access to Opportunities: Ensure that Indigenous peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and educational opportunities in the corporate sector. This also involves ensuring that Indigenous communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects. It’s about creating pathways for economic empowerment and addressing historical injustices.

iii. Education and Awareness: Provide education for management and staff on the history of Indigenous peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Indigenous rights, Indigenous law, and Indigenous-Crown relations. This also requires skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism. By educating employees, corporations can foster a more inclusive and respectful workplace.

Why it Matters to Your Corporation:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Adopting these practices enhances your CSR profile, showing your commitment to ethical business practices and social justice.
  • Inclusivity and Diversity: Fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace can improve employee satisfaction and productivity.
  • Community Relations: Building strong, respectful relationships with Indigenous communities can open new opportunities for collaboration and mutual benefit.
  • Reputation: Demonstrating a commitment to reconciliation can enhance your company’s reputation among customers, investors, and the wider community.
  • Compliance and Risk Management: Aligning with these principles helps ensure that your company operates in compliance with emerging standards and expectations around Indigenous rights.

By participating in National Indigenous Peoples Day and supporting Grandmother’s Voice, your corporation can take tangible steps toward fulfilling these important Calls to Action, contributing to a more just and equitable society.