Niagara Parks delivering three-part series on Indigenous women issues


Published May 27, 2022 at 11:56 am

A woman checked out a plaque at Landscape of Nations Commemorative Memorial in Niagara Park's Queenston Heights Park. (Photo: Niagara Parks)

With June being National Indigenous History Month, Niagara Parks is joining up with three different women leaders in the Indigenous community for a three-part virtual speaker series.

The interactive virtual sessions will explore issues impacting Indigenous women from different perspectives, age groups and career paths.

Niagara Parks explained, “Accomplished speakers specializing in Indigenous history, art and culture will share their perspectives and teachings beginning on June 2 with Semiah Smith and Brittany Clause.”

The first session will focus on Indigenous women who are taking the lead in the Canadian fashion and entertainment industries, developing unique consumer products that positively impact the economy while building awareness of Indigenous culture and heritage.

So the three sessions are:

  • June 2: Semiah Smith and Brittany Clause, Indigenous Women in Fashion and Entertainment
  • June 16: Grandmother Jackie Labonte and Grandmother Gail Whitlow, Strawberry Moon Matriarch Circle
  • June 30: Alyssa General and Nikki Shawana, Preserving Indigenous Culture in the Community

The land along the Niagara River has been recognized as a spiritual place with rich ties to Indigenous history and culture for many generations, and Indigenous peoples have lived along the shores between Lake Erie to Lake Ontario for more than 13,000 years.

This protected Crownland on which Niagara Parks now sits was established by treaties dating back to the 1700s. The mandate to make Niagara Parks free and accessible to the public, can also find its origins in the original intent of those treaties. Niagara Parks remains committed to making the promise of Truth and Reconciliation real in its community.

Additional event details and tickets are available HERE. Tickets are $15 per event, with access to the full-series available for $35. All sessions begin at 7 pm and will be hosted on Zoom.


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