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Beginner Beading Session

September 29, 2021
4:00 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT
Online via Zoom
Open To
University students, faculty and staff
Cher Trudeau

Following the opening event, join Cher Trudeau for a virtual beginner’s beading session. She will guide you in an interactive demonstration of a simple foundational stitch to get you started, and then model a more intermediate edge stitch to add flair to finish your own projects. As an Anishinaabe/Mohawk person, Cher will also share her background in crafting, the arts and the importance of continued traditions for “wholistic” wellness. If you are interested in participating, please bring your own materials to the session:

  • One 8”x8” piece of stiffened felt or Pellon fabric in orange, cut in the shape you’d like to bead around or over. In honour of Orange Shirt Day, we recommend starting out with a cut-out of a shirt that you can pin onto your shirt or bag. If you are a beginner, we also recommend something with easy lines that is small enough for you to hold without having to bend the design too much.
  • Beading thread and scissors.
  • English beading needle: Recommend size 10 or 12 to accompany size 11/0 beads (2mm x 1mm).
  • Beads in assorted colours: Recommended size 8 in the colours of the medicine wheel (white, black, yellow and red).
One 8”x8” piece of stiffened felt or Pellon fabric in orange

Example from Shannah Williamson

About Cher Trudeau

Cher Trudeau is an Anishinaabe/Mohawk mother, artist and active member of Toronto’s urban Indigenous community. She is also the administrative assistant for Aboriginal Initiatives in the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion and coordinator for the Aboriginal Education Council. 

Cher most recently has a couple of her works displayed in Guelph, ON as a part of the larger exhibit entitled “Breathe, external link” and has an art piece as part of the permanent collection of the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, ON. 

Automatic captioning will be provided

The event will take place on Zoom. Automatic captioning will be provided.

Let us know if you require specific accommodations

The university is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know in the registration form. You can also email


If you have any questions, please contact Cher Trudeau (administrative assistant, Aboriginal Initiatives and coordinator, Aboriginal Education Council) at

Orange Shirt Day organizing committee

Orange Shirt Day events are organized by Aboriginal Initiatives in the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion, in collaboration with the Aboriginal Education Council, Indigenous Students Association, Student Affairs, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Library, School of Early Childhood Studies, School of Midwifery, School of Social Work, and the School of Journalism.

What is Orange Shirt Day?

Orange Shirt Day takes place annually on September 30 and is a global day of recognition and awareness-raising about residential schools. We commemorate the day by wearing an orange shirt or clothing item.

University community members come together every year in the spirit of truth-telling and reconciliation and to provide space for conversations on the impact of residential schools and their legacy in our community. For survivors of residential schools, Orange Shirt Day reaffirms that their lived experience matters and recognizes the multiple generations who experienced trauma. The entire university community is invited to join the discussion of our collective responsibility to advance truth and reconciliation for generations to come.

The significance of September 

September was chosen because it falls within the time of year in which children were taken from their homes and sent to residential schools. Given it is also at the start of the school year, it represents an opportunity to set the stage and draw awareness to anti-racism and anti-bullying initiatives.

A key initiative as part of Truth and Reconciliation at the university

Orange Shirt Day was identified as a key initiative brought forward by students as part of the university’s Truth and Reconciliation community consultations. 2021 marks the fifth year in which the university has hosted an Orange Shirt Day event.

Learn more in the PDF fileCommunity Consultation Summary Report as part of Truth and Reconciliation.