Speaker: Agnes Woodward, “Residential Schools and Healing through Art”
Hosted by: Shannon Manuelito
"Our lived experiences as Indigenous People matter and sharing our journeys to healthy autonomy is a valuable source of knowledge. I share my family's experiences as a way to further awareness and to foster solidarity through compassion, and empathy. My father is a Residential School survivor and it took many years for me to understand his life journey and the ways his experiences impacted my childhood. As a mother, I have gained knowledge and tools that have helped me to break generational cycles that can no longer continue."
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Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021 12:00 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-07:00) Arizona
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Agnes Woodward is Plains Cree from Kawacatoose First Nation, Saskatchewan, Canada. Agnes is a wife, mother, Grassroots Organizer, activist and co-owner/designer of ReeCreeations. She has lived in North Dakota for the last 17 years. She designed and created the now-famous ribbon skirt worn by Secretary Deb Haaland during Haaland's swearing in ceremony. She is a self-taught seamstress who uses her ribbon skirts to complement her activism in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and Residential school movements. Agnes will talk about her experiences and healing through art.
Her father is a Residential School Survivor and her mother is a sixties scoop survivor. Through her family's lived experiences she understands how assimilation policies have impacted Indigenous Peoples. Agnes uses her personal experiences and art to amplify Indigenous voices and to empower Indigenous people, bring healing, visibility and connection to Indiegnous identity.