UN declaration on indigenous rights the focus of Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute teach-in

M’CHIGEENG—Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute (KTEI) is hosting its seventh installment in its popular teach-in series, this time with a focus on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples sets out the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples, as well as their rights to culture, identity, language, employment, health, education and other issues, KTEI explains. “It also emphasizes the rights of indigenous peoples to maintain and strengthen their own institutions, cultures and traditions and to pursue their development in keeping with their own needs and aspirations.”

The event, to be held on Tuesday, February 10 from 10 am to 3 pm, will feature guest speakers Joan Riggs of Ryerson University, who will speak on how to keep balance and ensure personal wellness to become resilient, Gloria Oshkabewisens-McGregor, one of KTEI’s Anishinabek traditional knowledge holders and Josh Eshkawkogan, KTEI’s elder-in-residence.

“Our teach-in event is open to the public and we encourage First Nation and non-First Nation community members to come out,” encouraged Beverly Roy Carter, director of business and training at KTEI.

The teach-in will be largely activity-based, Ms. Roy Carter explained, noting that there will be group work with some “pretty serious discussions on how (the declaration) is actually being implemented around the globe.” She warned that these discussions may lead to an emotional response from some participants, so elders will be available at the closing session so that no one will leave with a heavy heart.

“We want everyone to feel empowered and to act,” she added.

“The teach-in is free and is open to everyone and anyone to come,” Ms. Roy Carter said, asking participants to bring their ‘feast bag’ (eating utensils) for the light lunch that will be served.

To register, please contact KTEI at 705-377-4342.