Reclaiming Our Roots: Land-Based Learning for Urban Indigenous Youth

Date Time: 
Thursday, 25 July 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Talks & Tours

Speakers: Chenise Hache and James Doucette

Join us for an evening talk with Reclaiming Our Roots: Land-Based Learning for Urban Indigenous Youth.

Reclaiming Our Roots is a movement that aims to connect urban Indigenous youth with meaningful land-based knowledge rooted in Mi'kmaw values. Following the talk, participate in a hands-on artmaking activity!

This event is inspired by the exhibition Worn Inward.

About the artists

Our core team consists of two people with an intersection of skills and experiences that help foster positive experiences and learning for our community. Chenise Hache is an urban Mi’kmaw with roots in Unama’ki, working in Indigenous student support for a number of years. James Doucette is a Mi’kmaw fisherman, hunter and all-around traditional knowledge keeper from Potlotek First Nation, having recently relocated to Halifax. Together they have been dreaming of opportunities to share land-based knowledge with youth.

In June of 2018, they planted the initial seeds of Reclaiming Our Roots and have been passionate about creating meaningful land based experiential learning opportunities rooted in Mi'kmaw values ever since. With Chenise’s experience in youth support, event facilitation, and organizing, and James’ lifelong experiences on the land, they have the privilege of helping youth connect with their traditional ways and support them in better understanding their role as stewards of the land. Chenise and James feel that their sense of identity, belonging, and overall health and wellness are a result of their shared culture and are passionate about sharing that connection with young people in meaningful ways.