An Evio Exclusive by Hanna Sewell
Meet Hanna Sewell, an Anishinaabe'kwe from Batchewanna First Nation. Evio is proud to be Canadian-made, founded and operated.
My spirit name is Noodinosikwe; Hanna Sewell, I am an anishnaabekwe from Batchewana First Nation and I reside here in Toronto for school. During my journey here I’ve recently become involved with Evio Beauty and its community, it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. Today, on June 21st, is National Indigenous Peoples Day, which also aligns with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Here in Canada, we celebrate and recognize the resilience and unique culture and heritage of the First Nations, Inuits and Metis peoples.
This day is aimed at truth and reconciliation for Indigenous peoples; every Canadian can do their part to become involved or experience the amazing culture and connection Indigenous Peoples have. I encourage you to take the time to educate yourself on First Nations and acknowledge Indigenous peoples and their relationships with the land.
Evio Beauty, a Canadian beauty company, has done just that on this day. Evio Beauty has acknowledged the traditional territory they are on and the products made on.
A land acknowledgement is an acknowledgement and understanding of the traditional territory you reside, visit or gather on. Here in Toronto, we are on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and as guests to this space it is our shared obligation to respect, honour and sustain this land.
Chii miigwetch to everyone who has participated, taken time out of their day to read, support and contribute towards this amazing campaign and educational opportunity for Canadians by the First Peoples of Turtle Island (Canada).
In Good Spirit,
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Did you know...
Canada is on Turtle Island, I hope that every person would acknowledge the traditional territory they are on, no matter where they are in the world.
636 Reserves in Canada
133 in Ontario
Over 50 indigenous languages
Anishnaabee teaching of the 7 grandfathers:
1. Honesty - Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave
2. Love - To know love is to know peace
3. Humility - Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation
4. Respect - To honour all of Creation is to have respect
5. Truth - Truth is to know all of these things
6. Wisdom - To cherish knowledge is to know wisdom
7. Courage - Courage (bravery) is to face the foe with integrity
Medicine Wheel Teaching
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Wind River (Netflix)
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The Truth Sharing is a project inspired by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, http://www.sacredmmiwg.ca/