Author Archive for Mary Watson

Seeking New Members

The Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle’s Board of Trustees is looking for dynamic,
passionate, and driven individuals to join us in 2021/22. This is an exciting opportunity to be part
of a dedicated, passionate, and committed team of community leaders responsible for the overall
governance of the organization.

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A Statement on Behalf of Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle Regarding the News from Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation

The recent confirmation of children’s remains on the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School has been as a stark reminder of the terrible pain inflicted upon Indigenous peoples by the Canadian government and the Catholic, Anglican, United, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches during the settlement of Canada. This pain is not history- for Onkwehón: we across the country this announcement has brought to the surface distressing personal and/or intergenerational memories and has forced people to confront and consider trauma on terms other than their own.

It has also been a reminder that this country was built on the graves of those children and the thousands of others yet to be found, and that to live in Canada as a settler is to accept culpability for the colonial policies that are foundational to this country. While generations of Canadians have lived and died never knowing the name Duncan Campbell Scott, Indigenous peoples across this land have experienced the effects of his genocidal project every day since the first School was opened.

So, to our settler neighbours: understand this will not be the last grave site discovered at a residential school, and remember that while this most recent revelation may have shocked or disturbed you, your Indigenous friends live knowing that these sites exist, and that it is their family lying somewhere waiting to be found. Mending the injustices committed against Indigenous peoples requires more than flags flown at half-mast or orange ribbons pinned to shirts- it means working to make people whole by actively supporting the initiatives aimed at cultural restoration and self-determination being undertaken by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people in communities everywhere.

Finally, to our cousins in Tk’emlúps te Secewépemc First Nation, and to all the other grieving Onkwehón:we across Anowara’kó:wa: we offer our condolences, and we hope that you are able to find the white fawn skin in the words and presence of your family, your friends, your Elders, and your community, so that soon the tears might be wiped from your eyes and the obstructions cleared from your ears and your throat.


The Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle Board of Directors

Bawaajigewin Innovation and Creation Champion

The Oshawa Culture Counts Awards celebrate and honour the creative and cultural achievements of the community in three categories:

  • Oshawa Culture Counts Professional Artist
  • Oshawa Culture Counts Emerging Artist
  • Innovation and Creation Champion Award

Bawaajigewin is honoured to have been the successful organization to earn The Innovation and Creation Award. Thank you to the Arts, Culture and Heritage Awards Programs City of Oshawa. Arts, Culture and Heritage Awards Programs City of Oshawa.

Durham Indigenous History Month

This digital hub is a collaboration between Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle, Ajax Public Library, Carea Community Health Centre, the City of Oshawa, Oshawa Public Library, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and the Town of Whitby.

Visit the website here

Durham Region COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out

  • All Indigenous Adults and Adult Household Members can book appointments, as of March 18, 2021 (poster below)
  • Book on-line: or by phone: 1-888-444-5113
  • Do you identify as having Indigenous ancestry living in the Durham Region and having issues registering? Email Janice @

Indigenous COVID-19 Vaccine Information Night (Monday March 22 from 6:45-8:00 pm)

As Durham Region continues with the urban Indigenous vaccination strategy, we recognize that many Indigenous Peoples are still in the decision-making phase with regards to receiving a COVID vaccine or not.
To help support those looking to make an informed decision, urban Indigenous community agencies are partnering with the Durham Region Health Department to host a virtual information night to provide accurate information on the COVID vaccines, answer any questions, and address concerns contributing to vaccine hesitancy.
The Durham Region Health Department will also provide information on how to register for clinics once individuals make the decision to receive the vaccine.
If interested in participating in this information session (flyer attached) please register here