National Indigenous History Month an opportunity to better understand and appreciate the history and culture of Canada’s Indigenous peoples

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Ted Williams, Chief of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation.
  • Members of the Rama First Nation gathered at Hub's Rock to build a teaching lodge to celebrate Anishinaabe Giizhigad on June 6, 2022.

Rama First Nation joined the Anishinabek Nation on June 6 to celebrate the first annual Anishinaabe Giizhigad.

It is a special day, reserved for the remembrance and recognition of the affirmation of our sovereignty and our responsibilities, guided by our seven ancestral teachings (honesty, love, courage, truth, wisdom, humility and respect).

Anishinabek Nations across Ontario have found unique ways to honor our heritage and the resilience of our people, who have survived decades of assimilation and racism.

At Rama, we celebrated Anishinaabe Giizhigad in many ways.

Members gathered at Hub’s Rock to build a teaching lodge, many hands came together to work collaboratively on this project.

This pavilion will be a gathering place for years to come and a meaningful way for members to share and learn about our heritage.

Construction of a teaching pavilion

Others gathered at the John Snake Memorial Multipurpose Grounds to learn about our history, culture, arts and more.

We look forward to this annual celebration and the establishment of new traditions around this event.

June is National Indigenous History Month, an opportunity to better understand and appreciate the history and culture of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

I ask everyone to make a pledge during National Indigenous History Month.

Read the Truth and Reconciliation Report and implement one of the 94 Calls to Action. It would certainly make a huge difference in your education and understanding of the challenges that the First Nations community has faced over the past 150 years or more.

In building toward our future, many Indigenous communities across the country, like ours, start by looking back. Rama First Nation has worked for years to encourage members to speak Ojibwe, the language of our ancestors, a practice weakened by years when its practice was restricted.

Our education division offers language classes from daycare through high school to inspire learning in our youth. For adults, in-person and online education inspires more use in everyday life…in signage, staff correspondence, and governance.

Our language is an integral part of our culture, so this revival is important for our future.

Miigwech, thank you to our local partners, including municipalities and businesses, as we continue to grow together.

We are all treaty signatories.

Chief Ted Williams is the Chief of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation near Orillia.

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