April 9, 2019: Uxbridge’s Mim Harder Honoured to Receive Governor General’s Award

This link will take you to the description of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteerism.
The Governor General’s award ceremony takes place every two years. Mim Harder’s award will be presented in Toronto in 2019. Mim has lived in Uxbridge since 2000. I met Mim in 2017 at an Art’s event and am continually grateful for her help and guidance as MAAMAWI COLLECTIVE begins it’s second year. I asked Mim if there was something she would like to add to my notes. Mim requested that I add her words:

“I am very humbled and honored to even have been nominated. To be awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteerism is beyond anything I can comprehend. 
The First Peoples of this country still live, work and play among you. We are not history.”

Shanta Elizabeth Sundarason, herself a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, has this message for Mim:

“Mim (Harder), I am so proud to be able to call you my true friend. You constantly go above and beyond to help bring about change through education and action. You give of yourself and of your time so freely and generously. You truly are a champion and a warrior. How amazing that you have been bestowed the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by Her Excellency the Right Honorable Julie Payett. Congratulations!”

I’m so pleased that Pat Neal – Administrator of Uxbridge Historical Centre has noted that catalouging INDIGENOUS ITEMS will be part of the Centre’s onging work as they search for an ASSISTANT TO THE CURTOR.

Did you know that each school in Durham Region has an Indigenous representative? That person is often a teacher with special interest or knowledge of indigenous subjects. Students hear a “Land Acknowledgement” on a regular basis through the Public Address systems at their school.

Uxbridge Secondary School has confirmed that they will offer acknowledgement of ORANGE SHIRT DAY in September 2019. Their event is geared mostly to grade 10 students. More details will be available as we get closer to September.


The Scugog Council for the Arts is pleased to announce that it will host a one and a half day multi-arts symposium in Port Perry, in partnership with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation at their Health & Resource Centre on Island Road. With a goal of increasing and developing connections between the many arts and cultural practitioners and organizations, in the Township of Scugog and nearby communities, the delegates will include performing arts practitioners and organizations, visual artists and visual arts organizations, craft guilds, arts presenters of theatre, music, visual art and special events, and members of writer’s and literary circles. For more details…please follow this link.

Mayor Dave Barton has adopted a Land Acknowledgement that is now part of the opening remarks at each regular council meeting. MAAMWI COLLECTIVE made a presented to “COUNCIL” on this topic in January 2019 and we are so pleased to see recognition of our First Peoples in our Town Hall. I understand that work is underway to create a suitable image to accompany the “Towns” logo.

This event is also associated with ANTI-BULLYING Programs . We offer our sincere appreciation for the financial support our event is attracting from UXBRIDGE MERCHANTS, SERVICE CLUBS. HEALTH CARE PRACTIONERS, EDUCATORS, REAL ESTATE AGENTS.

“Bringing Home the Mohawk Language”, Article by: Katsitsionhawi Hill, a 25 year old Seneca from Six Nations of the Grand River, on how a life long love led to her degree.

“Why Indigenous visibility is part of the Maclean’s university”, article. This year, our annual rankings issue draws inspiration from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. Post Notes: “I am honored to be invited to speak in the near future to “WE Uxbridge” and “Independent Order of the Daughters of the Empire” (IODE) about MAAMAWI COLLECTIVE and Orange Shirt Day.”