Please join us June 1, 2021 as we mark the start of National Indigenous History Month with a free virtual event - Connecting Land-Based Healing & Traditional Medicines at the New Home of Anishnawbe Health Toronto. This is an opportunity for community to come together to learn more about the Indigenous Peoples' Landscape at the new home of Anishnawbe Health Toronto, breaking ground this year.
We will be joined by guest speakers Kahontakwas Diane Longboat, Ceremonial Leader, Traditional Teacher, Healer, and Elder at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and Matthew Hickey, Partner, Two Row Architect, one of the lead architects at the new home of Anishnawbe Health Toronto. Our event will be hosted and moderated by Elisa Levi, Chair of the Indigenous Peoples' Landscape campaign and Anishnawbe Health Foundation Board Member.
All those who attend will be entered into a Door Prize drawing and the winner will be announced at the event. Reserve your spot today as space is limited!
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT
As this is a virtual event, we will be providing a Zoom link, to those that have registered, via email, on May 31, 2021.
Kahontakwas Diane Longboat
Elder, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)
Kahontakwas Diane Longboat, BA, BEd, MEd is a member of the Turtle Clan, Mohawk Nation at Six Nations Grand River Territory, Canada and a citizen of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. She is a ceremonial leader, traditional teacher and healer. Since 2013, Diane has served as Elder for CAMH. Diane led the development of the Ceremony Grounds for CAMH to establish the Sweat Lodge, Sacred Fire, and medicine gardens, including the policy development required to support traditional Indigenous healing as a standard of practice. Today, her work also involves organizational strategy for enhancing culturally grounded services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and advancing the CAMH Truth and Reconciliation Action Plan.
Diane is founder of Soul of the Mother a Healing and Teaching Lodge on the shores of the Grand River at Six Nations Grand River Territory and founder of First Nations House at the University of Toronto. Diane has taught at universities and lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of traditional Indigenous knowledge systems and spirituality as the fuel for innovation. In 2017 and 2018, Diane was the Indigenous Education Advisor to the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Minister of Education. Diane currently serves on the Dean’s Strategic Advisory Group at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Partner, Two Row Architect
Mathew is Mohawk and member of Six Nations of the Grand River. He is one of the leading architects working on the new home for Anishnawbe Health Toronto. Matthew has over 14 years of Indigenous design experience, is a sessional instructor at OCAD, and is a Board Member of Artscape Toronto. Matthew was recently chosen as Waterfront Toronto's first Indigenous Design Expert. Matthew has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Design from OCAD and a BEd from Brock University.
Chair, Indigenous Peoples' Landscape Campaign and Anishnawbe Health Foundation Board Member
Elisa is a proud Anishinaabe, mother of two and member of the Chippewas of Nawash in Ontario. She is currently enrolled at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in the class of 2021. She also sits on Boards for Edkaagmik Nbiizh Neyaashiinigamiingninwag Edbendaagzijig Trust and Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund. She has a Master of Public Health from Lakehead University and Bachelor of Science with a focus on Nutrition from Ryerson University.
Anishnawbe Health Foundation would like to acknowledge our Circle of Landscape Cultivators Committee. The Committee supports a central part of the campaign project to build a new home for Anishnawbe Health, a First Peoples’ Landscape that will celebrate the beauty and power of nature and offer a space for all community members to connect to land and medicine, and participate in ceremony.
Healing Medicine Garden above was created by Emily Kewageshig for the Indigenous Peoples’ Landscape campaign