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Series Description

FNIHB Telehealth in collaboration with Technical Services Advisory Group (TSAG) and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) presents a new Aboriginal learning series centered around the CBC Documentary 8th Fire.

This series will explore each of the episodes in the documentary, while sparking discussions on the topics each session brings forward.

Session 1 will be an introduction to the Anishinaabe 8th Fire Prophecy through the lens of an Anishinaabe scholar and cultural knowledge keeper, Karen J Pheasant. The 8th Fire draws from an Anishinaabe prophecy that declares now is the time for Aboriginal peoples and the settler community to come together and build the 8th Fire of justice and harmony. Pheasant draws on her time living on her home reserve the past twenty years, as well as her lived experience as an urban First Nations woman.

As a PhD scholar, the focus of her work is from a cultural and enriched approach to the resiliency of Canada's Aboriginal people in the face of colonialization and oppression. Over sixty percent (Statistics Canada) of Canada's Aboriginal population live off-reserve and in urban centers which also includes 2nd and 3rd generation Aboriginal people as urban dwellers. Contemporary society is a mosaic of diverse cultures, including a diverse understanding of what is Aboriginal culture today. Along that stream of thought is how or where does the average Canadian citizen approach a proactive approach to resolution of inclusiveness for all Canadian citizens, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal - the 8th Fire.

Learning Objectives for this Session
-Understanding of the 8th Fire Prophecy
-Exploration of how the 8th Fire can connect individuals and encourage discussion
-Understanding of how the prophecy connects with the CBC 8th Fire Documentary


Speaker Biography
Karen J Pheasant-Neganigwane (Anishinaabe) is from Wikwemikong First Nation. Both her paternal and maternal grandparents are people of the Anishinaabe migration path of the Great Lakes. Her Anishinaabe background is comprised of the Odawa, Ojibway, and Menomonie nations. Both of Karen's parents are Residential School Survivors which formed the basis of her Masters in Education research. Together with her background as a Cultural Practitioner and keeper of the Jingle Dress stories, she is currently working a PhD program.  The focus of her research is an analysis of creating Minomaadzawiin (the Good Life) through cultural practices. Through the stories, arts, and contemporary cultural expression of her Anishinaabe identity, she forms the foundation of her resiliency work.

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