Ojibway culture workshop being offered

A workshop is being held here next week that will give people the chance to learn more about the Ojibway culture.
Willie Wilson and Joanne Bruyere are presenting “Ojibway Cultural Awareness Training” at the Adventure Inn on Feb. 7-8, beginning at 9 a.m. each day.
The two-day workshop will cover the history of the Anishinaabe people, as well as the cultural significance of various ceremonies and teachings.
It also will focus on history and treaties, federal and provincial relations with First Nations, and the Indian Act.
“A lot of people don’t understand the effects of federal and provincial legislation, the barriers it creates between aboriginals and non-aboriginals,” Wilson noted.
Any questions about the Ojibway and their traditions can be answered, Wilson said, adding if one person is wondering about something, many times others in the group are wondering the same thing.
This is the first in what Wilson hopes will be come a series of workshops.
“We can design these workshops to the wishes of the audience,” he explained. “I often hear, ‘How do I do business with First Nations. How do you connect?’”
The workshop can help answer these and other questions, he said.
Wilson said they also are beneficial to young First Nations people who feel out of touch with their heritage.
“Our younger people would benefit from this because they’re not learning,” he argued. “We’re caught in a world where people have two or more jobs and there’s no time to learn culture.”
Even some of Canada’s leaders would benefit from some aboriginal education, he added.
“That’s the first thing the Prime Minister should take, or the minister of Indian Affairs.”
The registration deadline for next week’s workshop is Saturday (Feb. 5). The cost is $150 per person.