Through local Elders and knowledge keepers, ATOIC’s goal is to bring the diverse and rich culture of Indigenous peoples to individuals who do not often get the opportunity to learn about and to help them feel connected with the culture that is presented to them. ATOIC helps to provide a platform for local Elders and knowledge keepers to share their culture through experiential knowledge. Together, participants are engaged in an interactive night of learning and celebration through stories, song, dance, food, and drumming.
Over the past year and a half, we have been celebrating and bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples through events called “A Taste of Indigenous Canada” or ATOIC, which falls under our education stone. We understand that educating non-Indigenous Canadians is the key to alleviating poverty. As we understand and learn about the tragic history and culture of Indigenous Canada, we can begin to understand why we find ourselves in the present situation and hope that attitudes and prejudice begin to change. ATOIC is all about embracing and celebrating First Peoples culture and story.
Join us on April 2nd, 2020 as we celebrate Indigenous culture in various ways with traditional drumming, food, song and dance. This year, we will have a special guest.
Jesse Thistle is an award-winning Metis scholar and best-selling author of the memoir “From The Ashes – My Story of Being Metis, Homeless and Finding May Way.” This year, Jesse’s novel is part of the CBC Canada Reads 2020 Selection