National Indigenous History Month
Throughout the month of June, and all throughout the year, spend time learning more about First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples Histories, Cultures, Traditions, and Diversity.
Inspiring Indigenous Peoples
Moses Lunham is an Anishnaabe from the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.
The youngest of two sisters and three brothers, Moses began expressing his artistic abilities at a young age. “My family attended many Pow Wows when I was growing up. At first, my parents would teach me how to make various traditional arts and crafts. Now, for over the past twenty-five years, I have met many artists and people who have inspired me to be more creative with my own work and style.” Moses, in an effort to discipline his skill and explore new challenges, has studied Graphic Arts at Fanshawe College, London. After graduating, Moses worked in the graphic arts field for over 15 years. “My work is the breath of my people, their beauty, their spirituality, their ideology, and their pride.”
Christin Dennis is an Anishnaabe from Aamjiwnaang First Nation.
"My art reflects on our current era in Aboriginal culture, focusing on the sweat lodge and carrying on the traditions of old into the contemporary world. I tell the story of our heritage and the importance of preserving traditional values. I use mixed media with photography as a visual demonstration of the blending of traditional images with 21st century technology. By understanding and embracing our ancestral past, we can use those teachings to preserve a way of life, document its core value, and build a vision for our future."
Jason Simon is an Anishnaabe from Aamjinwaang First Nation.
Jason is an ex professional NHL Hockey Player and personal trainer. He is a motivational speaker, touring across North America to bring his positive messages to youth, elders, and First Nations.
David Plain is an Anishinaabe from Aamjiwnaang First Nation and a grandson of Chief On The Plain. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, Canada. Always a lover of history, he has devoted much time and effort to his family's genealogy and how it has affected the history of the Ahnishenahbek of Aamjiwnaang.
Many of David's Books are at the BookKeeper in Sarnia
Rebekah Wilson was born in Owen Sound, Ontario, and is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. At the young age of 25, Rebekah has recently published her first book, a children's story about Métis culture and traditions. She is currently working a second piece, a biographical tale based around her experience as a participant of the Indigenous Youth Gathering and as a dancer in the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
Theland Kicknosway is Potawatami and Cree, and a member of the Wolf Clan from Bkejwanong Territory. He is an activist, a role model, and an educator who weaves his culture into all that he does. Starting in May, 2021, Theland is running and biking across Canada for Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls and two spirit people. Theland has had this dream of making this journey since he was 9 years old. Find out more about his journey and support “Theland’s Journey“.