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Tour through A Carrying Place: Oshawa Museum

Tour through A Carrying Place: Oshawa’s Indigenous Story

Wiingushk Deyweygun Drum Group

My name is Troy White and I’m the Indigenous Community Facilitator here at Carea Community Health Centre in Oshawa. I am joined by Paul Zamiska as we are both here to represent the Wiingushk Deyweygun Big Drum (Sweetgrass Heartbeat Big Drum) which is one of the many great programs Carea provides for Durham Region’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) Population. Both Paul and I are also board members on Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle, Durham regions exclusive fully Indigenous organization. We are singing the A.I.M. Song also known as the Unity Song an Honour song for Indigenous People’s Day and Month. This song represents us FNMI peoples being strong, proud and united. We are presenting this in the medicine garden at Carea CHC located in Oshawa at 115 Grassmere Avenue.

Wela’lin / Miigwetch / Thank You

Métis Nation of Ontario Durham Region

MNO Oshawa and Durham Region Métis Council

We are a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Charter Community Council created in 2004. We invite the MNO Oshawa and Durham Region Community, Métis, Indigenous and non-Indigenous People of all ages to participate with us in the celebration of our Métis history, values, culture, and languages which form our proud heritage.

Our council stands committed to enhancing community development, the academic success of our youth, and the promotion of artistic and cultural achievements along with exercising our treaty rights under the constitution.

Together with our community partners, friends, the support of the MNO and co-council, we strive to provide community programs, outreach and cultural development.

The ODRMC is best known in Durham Region for its 12 years of 2-day Metis Heritage Celebrations at Memorial Park in Oshawa as part of Indigenous People’s Day Celebrations across Canada.  Over the years we have hosted well know Métis entertainers from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario as well as Métis cultural interpreters and Indigenous vendors from the Ontario Pow Wow Trail.

Here is a video medley of Ontario Métis entertainers at our 10th Métis Heritage Celebration in 2016.

All Our Relations Métis Drum Circle

ODRMC’s second pride and joy is the All Our Relations Métis Drum Circle, formed by Métis women from the ODRMC in 2008.  The women wanted to learn more about, celebrate, and honour, their Métis and First Nation heritage.  Our numbers continue to increase as our drum circle welcomes Indigenous women and friends of the Indigenous culture and community to join.

Over the years we have been invited to perform at many cultural events organized by many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations in the GTA.  Our performances often include interactive participation of our audiences playing spoons, hand drums, or shakers, and dancing the Red River jig.

We are always on the look-out for inspirational and spiritual music from our Métis, and First Nations heritage, be it in Michif which is the Métis language, Anishinabek, Cherokee, English, French, Mi’kmaq, or Wendake.

Olivine Bousquet Métis Dancers

ODRMC’s third pride and joy is our jigging troupe, the Olivine Bousquet Métis Dancers named after the  Council’s founding Senator and mentor, Olivine Bousquet Tiedema, in 2008.  We began with a four-day workshop for Métis families, led by professional Métis dancer, Yvonne Chartrand.  From this came our Youth Dancers who eventually got to exhibit their style and accompanied by JJ Lavallee at Back to Batoche Days 2012, in Batoche, Saskatchewan Back to Batoche Days is the biggest annual week-long Métis Gathering in Canada held to celebrate Métis culture and history

Here is a one-minute medley of Auriele Diotte, our last remaining Olivine Bousquet Dancer, dancing at the Indigenous Peoples Day 2019 Nish Stravaganza celebration hosted by the Barrie Native Friendship Centre.

Ian Flett Memorial Dancers

The Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers (IFMD) are three siblings from Winnipeg, Manitoba who share a passion for dance, not just any dance, it’s all about the Red River Jig!   They perform traditional dances of the Red River Jig mixed with modern dancing known as the hip-hop jig. Through their gift of dance, they have had great opportunities to travel the world to showcase their type of music and dance. They hold numerous achievements and awards including their most recent, Runner Up in Canadian Family’s Got Talent, (see links below) awarded on May 25th, 2020.

Here, they perform their Devil Went Down to Georgia routine at the ODRMC’s 12th annual Metis Heritage Celebration in 2018

Thank you, Marsee Members of Bawaajigewin, for coming up with this idea to fill in the gap, the BIG GAP, there would have been without any celebration of our Indigenous Peoples this year. Marsee, Miigwetch, to all of you who have taken the time to learn about the Métis in Oshawa and Durham Region. It has been a pleasure to put this little virtual history together for you.
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The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Indigenous History Month 2020

Bawaajigewin is proud to include this series on our Indigenous Week of Events

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is pleased to bring a series of special features from communities across Canada. Join the Downie Wenjack Fund on Facebook and YouTube as they share history, culture, and music from incredible Indigenous artists and more!
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Family Storytelling

Thank you

Thank you to the Oshawa Public Libraries for participating in our event. The week-long children’s books read by the Oshawa Public Librarians was a big hit with our followers.

Anyone can become a member, get a card online, and check out materials.
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  1. All Around Us by Xelena Gonzalez
  2. Awâsis and the World-famous Bannock by Dallas Hunt
  3. Black Elk’s Vision by S.D. Nelson
  4. Buffalo Bird Girl by S.D. Nelson
  5. Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code by Joseph Bruchac
  6. Chukfi Rabbit’s Big, Bad Bellyache by Greg Rodgers
  7. First Laugh, Welcome Baby! By Rose Ann Tahe
  8. Gift Horse by S.D. Nelson
  9. Giving Thanks by Jake Swamp
  10. Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson
  11. Kunu’s Basket by Lee DeCora Francis
  12. Little You by Richard Van Camp
  13. My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
  14. Red Cloud by S.D. Nelson
  15. Saltypie by Tim Tingle
  16. Sitting Bull by S.D. Nelson
  17. Speaking Our Truth by Monique Gray Smith
  18. Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk
  19. The Raven and the Loon by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
  20. The Star People by S.D. Nelson
  21. Thunder Boy Jr. by Alexie Sherman
  22. We Are Grateful = Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
  23. When Turtle Grew Feathers by Tim Tingle
  24. When We Were Alone by David Robertson
  25. You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith


  1. A Blanket of Butterflies by Richard Van Camp
  2. Algonquin Sunset by Rick Revelle
  3. Beneath Raven Moon by David Bouchard
  4. Dreamcatcher and the Seven Deceivers by David Bouchard
  5. Encounter by Brittany Luby
  6. Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones
  7. Ghosts by David A Robertson
  8. Go Show the World by Wab Kinew
  9. Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson
  10. I am Raven by David Bouchard
  11. Kisimi Taimaippaktut Angirrarijarani / Only in My Hometown by Angnakuluk Friesen, Ippiksaut Friesen and Jean Kusugak