"Throughout my life growing up I never got to experience my indigenous culture, because it was just something we never really talked about and there were no resources to even look to. I went to school with many other indigenous children, who have become my friends in adulthood , and it was in our adulthood we learned that each other were indigenous, we learned none of us really talked about it, none of us really knew all of the teachings and traditions but one thing was for sure, we all wanted to learn and still do . The Indigenous Action Committee has provided these resources and brought these friendships together, for me and a lot of people in our community. I attended my first workshop in August with my sister , and it was the most amazing experience from the overall amazing energy everyone had to the teamwork, to the amazing beautiful ribbon skirts everyone made, and the best part was it felt like we all knew each other forever with the amount of laughing we did! Every single person I met at this workshop had the same thing in common with me and my sister, and that was we never had these opportunities or had elders to teach us these things. Or they felt they maybe didn’t have a right to learn because they didn’t as a child. And that is definitely not the case with this amazing organization.Ever since day one the Indigenous Action Committee has made us feel like family. The opportunities they bring to the indigenous community, to help us reconnect to our culture and traditions that have been lost along the way is nothing short of incredible. Just starting out on my journey of reconnecting a few years ago I was inching toward learning , and when I started following the Indigenous Action Committee on Facebook and instagram, then started coming out to events, more and more opportunities opened up. I met more and more incredible indigenous people, I found a sense of community and learned what that truly is, and I never felt more whole. I couldn’t even begin to explain how thankful I am to have found such an amazing organization that is dedicated so much time and effort into making all of these events and workshops possible, for making this community possible".
Indigenous Action Committee (IAC) is a Not For Profit Organization established in 2022 that provides Indigenous Peoples, primarily located in York Region, with cultural activities and programs that focus on traditions and customs. In addition, IAC provides events and workshops aimed at connecting Indigenous community members and allies with one another, through events that also increase the public's knowledge and awareness of the beautiful art, culture, language and traditions of Indigenous Peoples.
Indigenous Action Committee envisions:
1) a future where truth and reconciliation has been achieved
2) where access to indigenous culture and a sense of community is accessible to ALL indigenous peoples living in and around York Region
3) for there to be ongoing oppertunities for indigenous people to learn, connect to, or reconnect to indigenous culture and community, one event or teaching at a time
4) for Indigenous culture and traditions to continue to remain shared and practiced amongst the community for the next seven generations to come, and beyond.
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