Aboriginal Awareness Week 2013 - 21th anniversary


TUESDAY, May 21 -
Celebrating the Contributions of Aboriginal people to the Federal Public Service.

Venue - 300 Laurier Avenue, West Tower

  • 12:00 - Master of Ceremony - Joe Dragon
  • 12:05 - Welcome from Elder Simon Brascoupé, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, Maniwaki, Quebec
  • 12:10 - TBS Opening Remarks - Deputy Minister Daniel Watson, CHRO
  • 12:15 - Welcome Drum Song - Mikinakonsag, "Little Turtle Drum Group"
  • 12:25 - Launch of AAW -Alan Latourelle, CEO, Parks Canada
  • 12:30 - Métis Jigging - Jaime and the Jiglets
  • 12:40 - Keynote Speaker - Former Lieutenant Governor James Karl Bartleman
  • 1:00 - Inuit Throat Singing - Cynthia Pitsiulak and Charlotte Qamaniq
  • 1:10 - Closing Prayer for the Da
    Arts and Crafts sales on site

WEDNESDAY: May 22 - Water:
Mother Earth's Gift

Venue #1 Tents on the median of the Tunney's Pasture Driveway

  • 11:50 - Opening ceremony with First Nations Elder Albert Dumont
  • 12:00 - Opening honour song - O-Town Boyz Community Drum
  • 12:10 - The Andy Mason Band - First Nations contemporary music
  • 12:45 - Dance demonstrations with water drum songs
  • 12:55 - Closing song

Venue #2 - 300 Laurier Avenue West, Room 1905

  • 12:30 DVD workshop - Blue eyes

THURSDAY, May 23 -
Celebrating the role of Inuit in Canada

Venue #1 - 300 Laurier Avenue, West Tower

  • 12:00 - Master of Ceremony - Joe Dragon
  • 12:05 - Welcome from Elder - Thomas Loutit
  • 12:10 - TBS Opening Remarks - Taki Sarantakis - Assistant Secretary, Economic Sector
  • 12:15 - PSC Opening Remarks - Anne-Marie Robinson, President, PSC
  • 12:20 - Kevin Kablutsiak from ITK will present on 'Inuit in Canada'
  • 12:40 - First Nation Traditional Dance Presentation
  • 1:00 - Closing Prayer for the Day
    Arts and Crafts sales in the hall.

Venue #2 Tunney's Pasture Driveway

  • 11:55 - Opening ceremony with Inuit Elder Sally Webster
  • 12:10 - Inuit hip hop performance by Mosha Folger
  • 12:40 - Inuit traditional performance (throat singing) by Siqiniq Qilauta (Sunsdrum)

FRIDAY, May 24 - The Past Returning:
Celebrating the Resurgence of many of the Traditional Cultural Aspects of our Heritage

Venue #1 Cartier Drill Hall, 2 Queen Elizabeth Drive

  • 9:00 to 1:00 - Event
  • 10:00 to 11:15 - Ceremony
    MC - Major Askew
    Elder - Thomas Loutitt
    Champions Speech - Lieutenant General Peter Devlin
    Métis Story Teller - Daniel Richer
    AAW Closing Remarks - Rob Prosper
    NCR DAAG Champion for closing remarks
    Arts and Crafts demonstration and sales throughout the event, NCR DAAG Ladies drum group, Food to follow Ceremony

Venue #2 Tunney's Pasture Driveway

  • 5:00 - Sunrise ceremony with Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont at Remic Rapids
  • 11:00 - Water ceremony with Métis Elder Monique Renaud at Remic Rapids
  • 11:50 - Opening ceremony with Métis Elder Monique Renaud
  • 12:00 - Opening honour song - O-Town Boyz Community Drum
  • 12:10 Métis trio Fiddleground with jigger Jaime Koebel
  • 12:45 - O-Town Boyz Community Drum with Jingle dress dance demonstration, round dance and closing honour song

Venue #3 - 300 Laurier Avenue West, Room B1528

  • 12:00 - Michel Noël will be giving a one-hour talk entitled "Métis et homme de plume"


Elder Simon Brascoupé

Simon Brascoupé  (Anishinabeg/ Haudenausanee - Bear Clan) is a member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, Maniwaki, Quebec. Simon Brascoupé is Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University Adjunct Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.  He was recently awarded a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada (AFOA). He has a B.A. and M.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo, where he is also completing his Ph.D.  He has a research interest in land based healing, traditional medicine and traditional knowledge.   He conducts research and writes on cultural competency and safety. He published an article Cultural Safety - Exploring the Applicability of the Concept of Cultural Safety to Aboriginal Health and Community Wellness in the Journal of Aboriginal Health. Oxford University Press released Visions of the Heart, Canadian Aboriginal Issues, in April 2011 that has a chapter by Simon on 'Rekindling the Fire: Indigenous Knowledge and New Technologies.'

Simon Brascoupé is an internationally known dedicated to the revitalization of Algonquin culture and arts. His original prints on canvas and paper are made by traditional native stencil (pochoir) technique. His profound knowledge of Aboriginal symbolism is reflected in his work. Simon's artistic vision is to understand traditional values and teachings through the continuity of imagery and the narrative. Simon's work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Europe, China and Cuba. He is represented in the collections at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. His work is also in major corporate and private collections.

Simon Brascoupé's work reflects his respect for the natural world and Mother Earth. In his world, nature (including animals) teaches humans how to see the world through their eyes and actions. Simon's father taught him that the bear, when it cuts itself would use the sap from a pine tree as medicine. The nature world is our teacher and we become educated by watching and listening to the animal world and nature for profound insights and knowledge. The ability to observe is central to the artist's vision of living in harmony and in balance with the world and nature.

Thomas Louttit

Thomas Louttit is a member of the Moose Cree Band on James Bay.  He was born on September 4, 1948 in Coral Rapids, Ontario where his father was stationed with Ontario Northland Railroad. He is second oldest of nine children. Thomas spent his early years being cared for in Moose Factory by his parents and his maternal grandfather. At five years old he was sent to Fort Albany Indian Residential School in Ontario and at nine to Fort George Indian Residential School in Quebec. In 1965 Thomas was place in the care of Children Aid Society. For next three years he lived in many different foster homes throughout southern and northern Ontario. As a young man Thomas moved to Toronto where he became a Flat Roofer, a career that would last 32 years. In the early 1980 he began to construct a life free of alcohol, abuse and other destructive patterns that he addressed through Traditional Ceremonies. He has spent many years pursuing his own healing from physical, emotional and sexual abuse. In 1994 he graduate from the three-year Ontario Native Education Counsellor Program.

Thomas describes himself as an Oskabay-wis, "a helper to the people". He developed his knowledge of Traditional Practices by assisting Elder Jim Dumont, Elder Roger Jones, and Hector Copegog.  For the past twenty-five years he has been facilitating Healing Circles, mostly for men.  He is also gifted to conduct the Sacred Sweat Lodge. Thomas is highly sought after by schools and community groups to speak on the Indian Residential School experience and to share his personal healing journey. Presently, Thomas provides elders services for  Wabano Health Center, Odawa Native Friendship Centre, Carleton University, University of Ottawa Medical School, Algonquin College, and National Resources Canada.  Also, he is National Elder for the Canadian Union of Public Employees Aboriginal Group, works with the Native Women's Association of Canada and Correction Services Canada Aboriginal Initiatives. Thomas is the Resident Elder for Iskotew Lodge at Health Canada. His volunteer work has included being a founding member of the Barrie Native Friendship Centre and doing workshops for middle and secondary school children.  In 2013 Thomas was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the community.

Thomas is the father of Erica and Thomas Wilson (deceased), and grandfather of sixteen. He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife, Pennie.

Honourable James Karl Bartleman

Mr. Bartleman (born 24 December 1939 in Orillia, Ontario) is a Canadian diplomat, author, and was the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 2002 to 2007. James Bartleman grew up in the Muskokas and is a member of the Chippewa of Mnjikaning First Nation. Since 2007, Mr. Bartleman has been the Chancellor of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to taking on the role of Lieutenant-Governor, he had a distinguished career of more than 35 years in the Canadian Foreign Service. As is traditional to a vice-regal appointment, Mr. Bartleman has used his position to spearhead three initiatives that he personally identifies with and considers important. During his mandate as Lieutenant Governor he sought to:

  1. Reduce the stigma of mental illness
  2. Fight racism and discrimination
  3. Promote literacy among First Nations children.

To these ends, he initiated the Lieutenant-Governor's Book Program in 2004. He has collected over 1.2 million books, donated from all corners of the province from both institutions and individuals, to stock school libraries in First Nations communities, particularly in Northern Ontario. In 2005, to further promote literacy and bridge building, Mr. Bartleman initiated a program to pair up Native and non-Native schools in Ontario and Nunavut, and set-up summer camps for literacy development in five northern First Nations communities.

Anne-Marie Robinson, President of the Public Service Commission

Ms. Anne-Marie Robinson was confirmed as President of the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC), effective February 15, 2012. She had served as acting President since January 1, 2012. From June 2010 until her appointment as acting President of the PSC, she was Associate Deputy Minister of Health Canada.

Ms. Robinson began her public service career in 1990 as an auditor for Revenue Canada, Customs and Excise. In 1993, she joined the Management Trainee Program and completed assignments at Industry Canada and Indian Affairs and Northern Development. From 1995 to 1997, Ms. Robinson held senior policy advisor positions related to Aboriginal policy at the Department of Human Resources and the Privy Council Office. In 1997, Ms. Robinson returned to Indian Affairs and Northern Development where she served as Director of Policy for the Specific Claims Program. In the fall of 2000, she joined the Accelerated Executive Development Program and completed two assignments at Indian Affairs and Northern Development: Director, Litigation Portfolio Operations and Director General, Litigation Management Branch.

In June 2002, Ms. Robinson joined the PSC as Director General, Policy and Legislation. In November 2003, she became Vice-President, Corporate Management Branch. In October 2008, she became Assistant Deputy Minister, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch at Health Canada, a position she held until June 2010.

Ms. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with a specialization in Geological Sciences and an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree, both from Brock University; and a Master's of Science degree in Business Studies with a specialization in Human Resources Management from Salford University in the United Kingdom

Daniel Watson, Chief Human Resource Officer

Born in Saskatchewan, Daniel is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, (History and French Literature) and started his career as a supervisor at a Canada Employment Centre for Students in East Vancouver. He subsequently moved to the Policy and Research group of Saskatchewan's Department of Education, Training and Employment, then to British Columbia's Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, where he was involved in all aspects of modern treaty negotiations.

Daniel returned to the federal government in 1999 as Director of Aboriginal and Territorial Relations at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) in Yellowknife. Two years later, he became Director General of the Aboriginal Justice Directorate at Justice Canada in Ottawa. He was then appointed Assistant Deputy Minister at Western Economic Diversification Canada in Saskatchewan in 2003, and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Policy and Strategic Direction at INAC in 2006. Daniel returned to Western Diversification as Associate Deputy Minister in March 2009, and on July 16 of that same year, was appointed Deputy Minister.

Daniel's enthusiasm about the Public Service of Canada is contagious, particularly about the role that human resources play in making our organization the exceptional institution that Canadians expect it to be. He never misses an opportunity to promote the public service and its great people, and to share his belief that it is truly a privilege to serve Canadians from within its ranks.
Daniel often speaks about two critical public service values: excellence in the quality of our work and excellence in the way we work with each other. He stresses that these two values are equally important-that how we do the things we do matters as much as what we do.

Taki Sarantakis

Taki Sarantakis is the Assistant Secretary, Economic Sector, at Treasury Board Secretariat, a position he assumed in May 2013.  Prior to this, Mr. Sarantakis was Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Communications at Infrastructure Canada.

During his time at Infrastructure Canada, he played a major role in the policy design and program implementation for each of the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund, the Border Infrastructure Fund, the Municipal-Rural Infrastructure Fund, various initiatives under the $33 billion Building Canada Plan, and $5 billion of stimulus programming announced in Budget 2009, including the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the Green Infrastructure Fund.

Mr. Sarantakis joined the Government of Canada in 1997, as a summer student working at Transport Canada. In 2011, Mr. Sarantakis was awarded the Public Service Award of Excellence in Policy, and in 2013 he was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Prior to joining the federal government, Mr. Sarantakis was a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and he also holds a B.A. (Specialized Hon., 1992) and a Master of Arts (1993) from York University.

Kevin Kablutsiak

Kevin grew up in Arviat, Nunavut and taught Inuktitut at Qitiqliq High School. In 2006, he began reporting in Inuktitut and English for CBC North Radio in Iqaluit where he also became the host of Qulliq - CBC Nunavut's radio morning show. He is currently a Communications Officer for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

Dan Ross Elder

Elder Ross is an Algonquin from Pikwakanagan First Nation located at Golden Lake Ontario. He has been walking on mother earth for the past seventy one years. His Spirit Name is Animki Ana Qwat (Thunder Cloud). He was born in the village of Petawawa and was raised there with two brothers and one sister. His Grandmother and his mother were born and raised in Springtown (close to Calabogie). Springtown was where a lot of Algonquin were moved onto the Reserve and he has lived since there since 1961. In 2002, Elder Ross was hired into a contract with CSC as an Aboriginal Elder to work with Aboriginal offenders. His work in Ottawa consists of helping Aboriginal offenders to find services in the area upon release into the community. Elder Ross also does one-on-one counseling mainly working with their addictions.


The Little Turtle Drum Group

First Nation performance by Mikinakonsag, "The Little Turtle Drum Group", from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, Maniwaki, QC - Group of children 10 years old and younger dancing and singing with Drum Group. A talented group of youth drummers will open and lead the event with their stirring songs accompanied by the "heartbeat of mother earth" - the large drum. This is a highly visible and interactive performance.

Inuit Throat Singers

Timeless and beautiful traditional Inuit throat singing of Cynthia Pitsiulak and Charlotte Qamaniq-Mason seamlessly weaves in and out of the musical heritage of the Inuit people of Canada. Cynthia and Charlotte were acquaintances and knew of each other as most people from small towns do (Cynthia moved to Iqaluit from Kimmirut and Charlotte grew up in Iqualuit via Iglooik) but it's when they were both new to Ottawa when they became close friends. They shared the same interests and began to learn and practice throat singing together which brought them closer as friends and as throat singing partners. The girls demonstrate "throat singing" which is a unique set of very high and low sounds that can simulate animals of the north or natural sounds.

Jaime and the Jiglets - Métis Dance Group

Jaime and her three children have been dancing together as a group since 2008. Although she is from Lac La Biche, Alberta her children are Ottawa born and coincidentally, born to dance! Jaime has performed and competed locally, nationally and internationally for about 7 years and was a member of the professional dance group, Jig on the Fly. In the summer of 2010, the children competed at Batoche, Saskatchewan for the first time! Her twin daughters, Hunter & Riley were born in 2002 and Jacob in 2003. The goal of her group is to teach people about Metis culture in a fun, informative and interactive way. They aim to pass on the knowledge and joy of the dance to all generations in an exciting performance.

Jane Elliot DVD workshop Bleu eye Brown eye

Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors. And if you think this does not apply to you. . . you are in for a rude awakening.