Written by Karli Zschogner.
Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Honourary Senator Reta Gordon spent the afternoon of July 14, as an honoured guest at the Màmawi Together barbecue celebrating the achievements of the volunteer-led 2018 Màmawi Together Speaker Series.
The 6th annual speaker series was held on May 23 and 24 at the University of Ottawa. It was a three-part event that included an evening program, academic panel discussions, as well as its second Youth for Reconciliation Day. During the event, the group also launched the Màmawi Together National Challenge, an initiative encouraging schools across Canada to commit to a legacy reconciliation project.
Legacy projects can include special projects and annual commitments that will have a meaningful and long-lasting impact in increasing Indigenous education and reconciliation activities in schools. Five schools in the Ottawa area have already taken up the challenge.
The initiative has been endorsed by Senator Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Màmawi Together was founded in 2009 in Ottawa, as a parent-led Indigenous awareness and education initiative.
The group, now a registered not-for-profit, is named after the Algonquin word for ‘Together’. It works to increase Indigenous awareness, education and reconciliation activities in schools and the broader community in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.
For more information on Màmawi Together, the National Challenge video endorsement from Senator Sinclair, legacy project ideas and toolkits for schools visit: mamawitogether.com.