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The Dish with One Spoon: Exploring the Meanings

October 28, 2019
3:00 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT
Thomas Lounge, 55 Gould Street

Event description

This event provides an opportunity to learn from Indigenous educators about the Dish With One Spoon treaty. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers, have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect. As Toronto and Ryerson University are in the area covered by this treaty, it is important - if not crucial - to learn about the agreement, as we aim to engage in meaningful ways. For example, do we know what we are acknowledging when we make a land acknowledgement in Toronto? And, what legal agreements are we bound to here and what are our obligations under these agreements? These questions, and others, will be explored in the discussion.

Speaker bios:

Alan Ojiig Corbiere, Bne doodemid (Ruffed Grouse clan), is an Anishinaabe from M'Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island.  He was educated on the reserve and then attended the University of Toronto for a Bachelor of Science, he then entered York University and earned his Masters of Environmental Studies.  During his masters studies he focused on Anishinaabe narrative and Anishinaabe language revitalization. For five years he served as the Executive Director at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF) in M'Chigeeng, a position which also encompassed the roles of curator and historian. He also served as the Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program Coordinator at Lakeview School, M'Chigeeng First Nation, where he and his team worked on a culturally based second language program that focused on using Anishinaabe stories to teach language.  He is currently entering his third year of the Doctorate program in History and York University.

Dr. Eva Jewell (Ma’iingan Dodem, she/her) is Anishinaabekwe from Deshkan Ziibiing (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation) in southwestern Ontario, with Haudenosaunee lineage. Her scholarship supports community-based inquiry on topics of language, governance, and cultural resurgence amongst Anishinaabeg peoples as well as within her First Nation. Dr. Jewell is currently an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Feminisms in the Sociology Department at Ryerson University.

Rick Monture is a member of the Mohawk nation, Turtle clan, from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He is cross appointed position as Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies at McMaster University. Rick’s areas of academic interest include Haudenosaunee history, First Nation, Métis and Inuit literatures, popular culture, and the epistemology of Indigenous language and culture. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Chiefswood National Historic Site at Six Nations, and is a Board member with the Grand River Post Secondary Education Office. He is also a member of the Steering Committee and an Associate Professor with the Indigenous Knowledge Centre located at Six Nations.