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Join Heritage Mississauga for our 2021 Indigenous Conversations webinar series where we will explore the history, heritage, and lived-experience of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

This webinar series will feature renowned guests such as Carolyn King, Gimaa (Chief) Stacey Larforme, and Darlene Laforme as they share their stories and address the pathway to truth and reconciliation which requires the education and awareness of Indigenous history in its entirety.

These webinars will provide a foundation of understanding and address many misconceptions and frequently asked questions.

The webinars will also appear on our podcast Heritage Bytes.


Indigenous Conversations: Indian 101 with Carolyn King

Heritage Mississauga is pleased to bring you our first webinar in our 2021 Indigenous Conversations webinar series, Indian 101 with Carolyn King.

Originally aired on November 3, 2021, the webinar is now available for those who missed the conversation or for those who wish to watch the conversation again. Indian 101 addresses some of the most frequently asked questions as well as addresses many of the myths and misinformation that is available and disseminated about indigenous history, heritage, and lived experiences today.

Please join us on our YouTube channel for this informative and educational episode of our Indigenous Conversation series.

Indigenous Conversations: Truth & Reconciliation with Chief Stacey Laforme

Join us on November 17, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. as we continue our Indigenous Conversations with Gimaa (Chief) Stacey Laforme as he discusses Truth & Reconciliation.

R. Stacey Laforme is the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN). Born and raised on MCFN, Chief Laforme has served his community for over twenty years being first elected to council in 1999. Chief Laforme is committed to increasing involvement and communication between Elected Council and both on and off-reserve membership. He is very active throughout MCFN’s traditional territory which encompasses 3.9 million acres of Southern Ontario, not only as a Chief, but as a notable storyteller and poet.

Chief Laforme has recently been appointed as honorary senior fellow for Massey College, joining the duke of Edinburgh and the chancellor of oxford as only the third person awarded the highest honor the college can bestow. Chief R. Stacey Laforme exemplifies significant and continuous service to our community by demonstrating integrity, generosity of spirit, humility, courage, collaboration, “The Good Mind”, and traditional ways of knowing and being.

November 17, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Indigenous Conversations: Residential Schools with Darlene Laforme

Join us on November 24, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. as we welcome Darlene Laforme who will be speaking about her experiences in the Residential School system as well as the multi-generational impact of the schools on the survivors and their families.

Darlene LaForme, Cayuga, turtle clan, has been married 46 years to an Anishinabwe man from Mississaugas of the Credit. She is a mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, auntie and friend to many.

Darlene works as a Registered Social Worker. She learned her skills in culture, ways of being, and being resourceful. She spent four childhood years at the Mushhole and credits her determination of a healthy life for her family, it is still work.

November 24, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Link: https://mbot.zoom.us/j/88070642976

Indigenous Conversations: Moccasin Identifier with Carolyn King

Join us on December 1, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. as we welcome back Carolyn King who will be speaking about her incredible initiative, the Moccasin Identifier Project.

This project was developed by Carolyn King in partnership with Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Ontario Green Belt, to promote public awareness of significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Communities.

Carolyn has been engaged by government, colleges and universities, businesses and community organizations to do cross-cultural training sessions and presentations to help people develop a better understanding of Indigenous and First Nations people in Canada.

A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition of her support for First Nation history and advancement of the Indigenous Peoples, she has been a driving force in the identification of the significance of current and historic sites within traditional territorial lands and the preservation of First Nations traditions.

Carolyn King received the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest honours in 2020. Presented by the governor general, the Order honours people whose service shapes our society; whose innovations ignite our imaginations; and whose compassion unites our communities.

Carolyn’s appointment was for her expertise in community development, her advocacy of Indigenous-led initiatives, and her efforts to improve Canadians’ understanding of First Nations.

Most recently, Carolyn was honoured at the Legends Row Induction Celebration as a Legend in Arts & Culture.

December 1, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Link: https://mbot.zoom.us/j/87347447960