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The Carleton University Students Association (CUSA) week An event commemorating National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a vendor market in Haven on September 30th.
The event was held to “recognise and commemorate the thousands of Indigenous children, families and communities affected by the boarding school system,” said Hallee Kezik, CUSA Vice President (Community Engagement). Kejick said.
The market has emerged with several local Aboriginal SMEs, including beanie beads, Beading Makuwa When cocom chou chouAt the same time, a beads workshop will also be held on the second floor.
Ojibwe’s Kejick said the vendors were selected by CUSA by reaching out to local indigenous businesses and inviting those who agreed to participate.
Beanie Beads is run by Anishina Abekwe artist Jessie Pengelly. The focus of the business is beadwork, but it can be much deeper than just beads, she said.
“Sometimes we have people who come and talk to us and it turns into a conversation that’s more than just beads,” she said. “Different colors, different looks can trigger something about a loved one’s memory or culture.”
She explained that selling traditional jewelry can create conversations with others.
Kesick said the event not only highlights the intergenerational trauma faced by Indigenous students at Carleton University, but also highlights that this is a systemic problem in society.
The last school closed in 1996, but the impact of the boarding school system remains a problem in Canada today.indigenous people disproportionately They are discriminated against in education, health care and criminal justice systems across Canada.
According to Aurora Ominika-Enosse, a social work student in Ojibwe and CUSA coordinator, another and similar reason for the event is to hold governments and institutions accountable for injustice. Mawand Seg Service Center.
The Mawandoseg Service Center is a safe place for Indigenous students and aims to meet the needs of students and the community around the university.
“that is [the Mawandoseg centre] That’s why we are here today. I want to help students who don’t know and want to be on their side,” she said. “It’s about moving forward with Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike.”
Featured image by Ali Adwan.