Laurentian University Women’s History Week 2017 Hosting the Ontario Women’s History Network (OWHN) Annual Conference October 20-21, 2017



(Revised August 29, 2017)

All events will be held in the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre (ISLC) at Laurentian University, which operates on the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and within the Robinson-Huron Treaty Area.


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Friday, October 20, 2017:

Location: ISLC - Round Room P107

5:00-6:00 – Registration

6:00-6:30 – Welcome and Opening

  • Welcome
  • Territorial Acknowledgement
  • Drum Song Blessing

6:30-8:00 – Dinner

8:00-9:00 – Ceremony: Teaching of the Water | Julia Petahmagahbow (Atikameksheng Anishinaabek community member)

Saturday, October 21, 2017:

Location: ISLC - Round Room P107

8:00-8:30 – Registration and Breakfast

8:30-10:00 – Keynote Address: Unpacking the Colonized Classroom: Implications for Education | Sheila Cote-Meek (Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs)

10:00-10:30 – Break

10:30-12:00 – Workshop: Using Indigenous Film and Images in the Classroom | Darlene Naponse (Filmmaker from Atikameksheng Anishinaabek) | Celeste Pedri-Spade (Director, MaamwizingIndigenous Research Institute and Assistant Professor, School of Northern and Community Studies)

12:00-2:00 – Lunch

  • Jingle Dress Teachings and Dance Demonstration | Hannah Morningstar  (Atikameksheng Anishinaabek community member)
  • OWHN Annual General Meeting

2:00-3:30 – Panel Discussion: Integrating Indigenous Women’s Experience into the Classroom Following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

Celeste Pedri-Spade (Director, Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute and Assistant Professor, School of Northern and Community Studies)


  • Michelle Coupal (Assistant Professor, Department of English)
  • Michelle Kennedy (M.A. Candidate, Masters of Indigenous Relations)
  • Susan Manitowabi (Assistant Professor, School of Indigenous Relations)
  • Shelly Moore-Frappier (Director, Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre)
  • Brock Pitawanakwat (Assistant Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies)

3:30-3:45 – Closing remarks and thanks

3:45-5:00 – Activities for those able to stay:

  • Indigenous art exhibit in ISLC
  • walking tour of campus