Yearly Archives 2019

2019 Past Events

The Song-Bird and the Healing Waters

On June 12, 2019 the Métis Women’s Circle presented a Métis Music at Hess Street School. It was performed by Grades 5 to 8 students. With appreciation for funding from Hamilton Community Foundation.

Hamilton Spectator – Letter to the Editor, June 2019

“Thank you for opening my mind and heart
RE: Hess Street School
On June 12 from 2 to 3 p.m., in an overheated stuffed gymnasium at Hess Street Public School, I was swept up in a magical and rejuvenating work of art. These primary school students, led by their music teacher, Denise Montgomery — also the director and writer of this original play based on the traditional Indigenous story and book ‘The Song-Bird and The Healing Waters’ — wove a tale about patience, coexistence, and recovery.
The play incorporated many forms of visual art, soundscapes recorded in nature, drumming and other instrumental and vocal music, all created in collaboration with the Métis Women’s Circle and Hess Street Public School students and teachers, and sponsored by the Hamilton Community Foundation. The students, many of whom have come from far away before landing in this Hamilton gymnasium, showed us that people and the world can change and grow if we are able to listen to one another and to the natural world.
More of Hamilton, Ontario and Canada need to see this and to learn the lessons this story and Hess Street Public School are teaching. This could have been a glimpse into what truth and reconciliation could look like and how we might heal some of our open wounds in Canada, Hamilton-style. Thank you, Hess Street Public School, for opening your doors and my mind and heart.”
Catharine Munn, Hamilton

Anishnaabe Bingo Spring Sessions – huge success!

A language program offered through the game of Bingo on Friday Evenings in May.  We used words and activities associated with each of the four seasons interpreted into the Oji-Cree language.  What fun learning together!!  A family event, participants of all ages enjoyed Monday evenings together at the Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton and won great prizes for their efforts.  

2018 Past Events

Music Makers Flyer ImageMusic Makers – The Power of Indigenous Music

Funded by New Horizons For Seniors, this two-part event was held in the fall of 2018 and celebrated Indigenous music which is by its nature participatory; it lends itself to socialization.
Songs come from the natural world and from dreams, often expressing a deep appreciation for life and sustenance.

Rhythms & Rattles: A look at Indigenous Music

This concert at The Gathering Place by the Grand (Oshweken – Six Nations in Ontario) in October featured the performers Rene Meshake, Jani Lauzon and Sadie Buck (Storyweaver). The audience was invited to a meet and greet after the concert to speak with the performers. Refreshments were served.

Shaking The Rattle: Traditions and Rattle Making

Over the course of two days, Rattle Maker Adam Skye lead participants in a Rattle Circle of Rythmic Song. A buffet lunch was served. This event was held at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario in November.

Anishnaabe Bingo for all seasons – huge success!

A 16 week language program offered through the game of Bingo.  We used words and activities associated with each of the four seasons interpreted into the Oji-Cree language.  What fun learning together!!  A family event, participants of all ages enjoyed Monday evenings together at the Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton and won great prizes for their efforts.  Here are examples of the Bingo cards.

Our Elder Honoured

Elize Hartley was honoured in July by the Hamilton Legal Clinic for her work serving on the Board of Directors.  The Blanket Dance took place at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Aboriginal Contributions to Aldershot Farm Economy
Meet & Greet

On November 21 of 2018 the Métis Women’s Circle hosted a public reading at East Plains United Church in Burlington, Ontario.

The story told was of a 1947 era Aldershot Farm woman by award-winning storyteller and musician Pauline Grondin, as she reminisced about life on the farm with an emphasis on the Native farm workers of the day.

Baskets and Berries

Gold & Red Graduation Stoles

Hand Made Gold Graduation Stole

In honour of achieving high school graduation, the Métis Women’s Circle makes available for purchase custom-made graduation stoles beautifully depicting Native symbolism.

Priced at $125.00 CAD, please contact us for details.

Priced at $175.00 CAD, please contact us for details.