About the Cycle of Ceremonies Project
The Cycle of Ceremonies project at the Woodland Cultural Centre, is a series of workshops geared towards First Nations who have never had any kind of language or cultural upbringing - little to no exposure to the traditional longhouse community. We want to be able to bridge the gap we see in the community in terms of our ceremonies and culture, provide a safe environment to learn about ceremonies, sacred and sensitive topics, some of the language involved, ask questions and get clarification from knowledgeable community members and faithkeepers.
How the funds will be used
After the cost of supplies and labour has been deducted funds will go to the language project and will be used for resource development and facilitator fees in order to provide the best possible experience for those wanting to re-connect, re-claim and establish their sense of identity as Ogwehoweh people.
About the acorn diffuser
Made in Guelph, Ontario, no two acorns are alike! Each differs in size and colour. You will receive a randomly chosen colour - you may indicate a colour preference at check-out, but unfortunately we can't guarantee colour preferences. Each acorn includes an information card that describes how to use the diffuser acorn. Handcrafted with a foraged acorn top and hand-felted 'acorn', this aromatherapy diffuser is great for hanging in your closet, in a window, on a tree, or on your rear-view mirror - and of course as a gift!
How the acorn diffuser works
Simply add 1 drop of your favourite essential oil or LJ Turtle blend to the felt ball and allow to soak in. Re-apply as needed. Watch an acorn video here.
Become a Fundraising Partner
If you are interested in helping by selling acorns in your shop, please fill-out this form: https://forms.gle/
Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action related to Education
10. We call on the federal government to draft new Aboriginal education legislation with the full participation and informed consent of Aboriginal peoples. The new legislation would include a commitment to sufficient funding and would incorporate the following principles:
i. Providing sufficient funding to close identified educational achievement gaps within one generation.
ii. Improving education attainment levels and success rates.
iii. Developing culturally appropriate curricula.
iv. Protecting the right to Aboriginal languages, including the teaching of Aboriginal languages as credit courses.
v. Enabling parental and community responsibility, control, and accountability, similar to what parents enjoy in public school systems.
vi. Enabling parents to fully participate in the education of their children.
vii. Respecting and honouring Treaty relationships.
Calls to Action related to Language and Culture
13. We call upon the federal government to acknowledge that Aboriginal rights include Aboriginal language rights
14. We call upon the federal government to enact an Aboriginal Languages Act that incorporates the following principles:
i. Aboriginal languages are a fundamental and valued element of Canadian culture and society, and there is an urgency to preserve them.
ii. Aboriginal language rights are reinforced by the Treaties.
iii. The federal government has a responsibility to provide sufficient funds for Aboriginal-language revitalization and preservation.
iv. The preservation, revitalization, and strengthening of Aboriginal languages and cultures are best managed by Aboriginal people and communities.
v. Funding for Aboriginal language initiatives must reflect the diversity of Aboriginal languages.
15. We call upon the federal government to appoint, in consultation with Aboriginal groups, an Aboriginal Languages Commissioner. The commissioner should help promote Aboriginal languages and report on the adequacy of federal funding of Aboriginal-languages initiatives.
16. We call upon post-secondary institutions to create university and college degree and diploma programs in Aboriginal languages.
17. We call upon all levels of government to enable residential school Survivors and their families to reclaim names changed by the residential school system by waiving administrative costs for a period of five years for the name-change process and the revision of official identity documents, such as birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, health cards, status cards, and social insurance numbers.