March 2020: “Tentative Agreement”

Sunday March 1/2020 – Global News Report that 3 days of talks with
Wet’-suwet’en Traditional Chiefs and a number of representatives of Canada’s Federal Government have produced a “Tentative Agreement” with more work to do. This appears to be a continuation of work related to Canada’s Supreme Court Decision in 1997 when the Delgamuuke Decision was handed down.

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May 13, 2020: Reconciliation and Museums: A Personal Journey

Raised in Udora and Uxbridge, Ontario, Dr Laura Peers’ work explores the meanings of heritage objects to Indigenous people today in healing from colonial oppression, and the changing relationships between museums and Indigenous peoples. She has opened dialogues between North American Indigenous communities and

museums across the UK, Europe and North America. She is Curator and Professor Emerita, Pitt Rivers Museum and School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford; Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology and School for the Study of Canada, Trent University; and an independent consultant on museums and Indigenous heritage issues.

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January 27, 2020: Maamawi Collective Collects Art & Science Supplies For Elephant Thoughts Northern Trip

Pictured left to right are Johanna Blake, Lou Weaver, Peter Sullivan, Barbara Blower and Lynda Bowerman. Volunteers sorting and re-packing Art & Science supplies destined for Kasabonika Lake, First Nation, a fly-in reserve located north of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Collected on behalf of Elephant Thoughts, Collingwood, the supplies are destined for a school on the reserve and will be flown in via Elephant Thoughts.

Art & Science supplies collected in Uxbridge through Maamawi Collective, are destined for a school on Kasabonika Lake First Nation, located north of Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Boxes from our town will join many other boxes collected in South Durham that are traveling to Collingwood Ontario, to be shipped to the fly-in reserve by Elephant Thoughts, a registered education charity, started by a group of teachers based in Collingwood, Ontario. Elephant Thoughts have been working alongside Indigenous communities both in Canada and around the world to support education solutions and empower youth. For more info go to

Maamawi Collective is looking forward to “working with” Elephant Thoughts on future projects.

January 2020: Indigenous Authors among Finalists
 For CBC Canada Reads 2020… One Book to Bring Canada Into Focus

Maamawi Collective looked at the 15 long-listed books and is so pleased to see the work of many indigenous authors included this year. Read Excerpt. How do we move forward together? These books inspire readers to think twice about the lens through which they see themselves and Canada.

From deeply personal memoirs to poetry and speculative fiction, the 5 Finalists Include:

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January 2020: Moving Forward In 2020

When I write about The First People of This Land I write First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples or Communities. Going forward in 2020 there are other opinion to consider, Among them is that Indigenous is also respectful. Our Maamawi Collective Administrative Council is growing and as co-ordinator I offer opinions from various personal conversations.

Follows:- “Some peoples use FNMI (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) as an acronym. Some people know what it means, some don’t. I like First Nations, First Peoples, Original People of this Land. Indigenous is still the current “term”. Some people still use Aboriginal. For me, as long as whatever term is used is used with respect, the chosen names don’t bother me…”
— Mim Harder, 2020

January 26. 2020: An Invaluable Resource

Awards for this book by Bob Joseph are accumulating. “an Invaluable resource.”

Quotes Shelagh Rogers O.C. Awards for this book by Bob Joseph are accumulating. In June 2011, she was inducted as an honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

In 2011, Rogers was named an Officer of the Order of Canada “for her contributions as a promoter of Canadian culture, and for her volunteer work in the fields of mental

health and literacy.” Her Order of Canada citation reads: “Shelagh Rogers is a passionate journalist, activist and promoter of all things Canadian.

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November 28, 2019: Maamawi Donates Over $700 to Uxbridge Legion

A great wrap-up to our Aboriginal Veterans Commemorative Pin Project is captured here with Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170 – Uxbridge’s president Sherrill Hodgson receiving Maamawi Collective’s cheque for $743.

We are so pleased that our last Aboriginal Veterans Commemorative Pin placed in the hands of a caring fostered parent who honoured the First Nations Culture of the child in their care!
Our local Uxbridge Legion is keeping a quantity of Aboriginal Commemorative Pins on hand for folks who drop in to purchase. Additionally, orders will be accepted for future pick up.