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October 18 @ 9:00 am - October 19 @ 3:00 pm

nòngom kinandotam | Today We Listen

The tenth annual Covenant Chain Link event is pleased to welcome Dr. Niigaan Sinclair as the Keynote Speaker.

When: October 19th, 2019 8:30 AM   to   October 20th, 2019 12:00 PM

Location : Confederation Education Centre
1645 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, ON K2G 0C4

Contact: Phone: 613.235.9956

Event Fee(s)

Regular Fee $ 40.00
Students and non-wage earners $ 25.00
KAIROS Regional Gathering only (Sunday) $ 0.00

The United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, as such, the theme of this year’s gathering is the Revitalization of Indigenous Languages. The KAIROS Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Regional Gathering will be in conjunction with Covenant Chain Link X this year. Join in all the conference activities on Friday and Saturday, including keynote speaker Dr. Niigaan Sinclair and workshops on the preservation of Indigenous languages and then stay for a workshop by KAIROS staff and a network building time on Sunday.

Friday, October 18 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM – Youth Day         –               Friday Night, BONUS: Cultural Component on Friday, October 18 at 7pm – TBA

Saturday, October 19 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM – General Public

Sunday, October 20 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – KAIROS Great Lakes-St Lawrence Fall Regional Gathering, including KAIROS staff Indigenous Rights Presentation

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair

Niigaan Sinclair has been with the University of Manitoba since 2012 researching a number of topics, including Indigenous Literature, graphic novels and masculinities. He regularly speaks and writes about current Indigenous issues for CBC, CTV, The Guardian and APTN and recently testified at the Clean Environment Commission of Manitoba hearings on the Keeyask Generating Station and Biopole III transmission line. An activist as well as a writer, he has helped organize Idle No More Winnipeg events and has co-edited three award-winning collections: Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories; Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water; and The Winter We Danced: Voices of the Past, the Future and Idle No More Movement.


Master of Ceremonies: Justin Holness AKA Jah’kota

Jah’kota is an artist, entrepreneur and founder of TR1BE Academy, a creative agency for Indigenous youth to express their heritage through art, music and fashion

Featuring workshops by:

Jennifer Ferrante: Jennifer is a member of the Algonquin of Pikwakanagan First Nation. She is of Algonquin/Italian descent and has been working with Indigenous people, communities and organizations in the Ottawa area for over fifteen years. She holds a Masters in Indigenous Canadian Studies with a focus on Public Policy and is also a Certified Ontario Teacher. She is passionate about using her education and experience to educate the public and improve relations between Canadians and Indigenous peoples.

Karen Mitchell: Karen is the Executive Director of the Akwesasne Economic Development Agency (AEDA), a non-profit based organization that delivers training programs to empower and educate First Nations people. Mohawk language instruction is one of the programs AEDA delivers and this will be the focus of Karen’s presentation.

André Charlebois: She:Kon – Learning Language, Living Culture

Learning a language is a challenge for most learners. This presentation will share how the Neurolinguistic Approach is applied in teaching and learning the Mohawk language in the community of Akwesasne. Participants will gain an understanding of how this action contributes to students learning about their traditions and culture.

Anita Uuttuvak: Interactive Inuktitut 101

Inuktitut is the name of some of the Inuit languages spoken in northernmost Canada. In this fun and interactive workshop, Anita will share some basic non-verbal communication skills (pointing, invasion of space, yes, no, maybe, saying hello, no small talk) that Inuit are known for. Participants may also learn beginner Inuktitut phrases while exploring Inuit culture.

Thunderbird Sisters Artist Collective: Beyond Tradition

Creative women united in Indigenous culture, the Thunderbird Sisters will lead a workshop on working with porcupine quills.

Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G)

A7G is an Indigenous owned and youth-led non-profit organization focused on cultural support and empowerment programs/policies for Indigenous youth while being led by traditional knowledge and elder guidance.

more to come!

$40 Regular Fee
$25 Students & non-wage earners

A light lunch is included with your registration fee and is required for folks who attend the conference on Friday or Saturday. If you are only attending the KAIROS Regional Gathering on Sunday, a fee is not required – but registration is much appreciated.

Please contact Devora Cascante for more information at or by calling 613-235-9956 x224.

HEADER IMAGE: Two Covenant Chain Wampum Belts, made by the late Emrick Migwans, M’Chigeeng First Nation, based upon the rubbings done by Rev Hallen. The top belt is called the 1764 Treaty of Niagara Covenant Chain belt, the second is the belt John Johnson,

Sir William’s son, had used to re-pledge the Covenant Chain relationship after the American Revolution. (Photograph by Alan Corbiere).



October 18 @ 9:00 am
October 19 @ 3:00 pm
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