Centering Community Through Holistic Education

Waaban Nang is shortened version of Waabanang Anong which which represents  the Dawn/Morning Star in Anishinaabemowin. The 8-pointed star depicted in our logo is culturally significant and is represented on quilts and quillwork across Turtle Island with roots in the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota nations. For us, the Dawn star represents a new day and the transference from one era to the next. It represents new life, change, protection and guidance to a new day.

About Us

We are an Indigenous owned company that provides consulting, workshop development, culturally safe Indigenous programming and training, referrals and booking services for those who are seeking and providing Indigenous content and education. We service Canada, US and beyond.

We also work with Indigenous content creators, workshop facilitators, conference speakers, openers and performers. Our goal is to foster respectful relations for Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners.

Professional Development and Cultural Awareness Offerings

  • Circle and the box is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. Participants were invited to step into the role of First Nations people and experience what it must have felt like to live in these communities during colonization, residential schools, the sixties’ scoop and now.  (In-Person)
  • The Blanket Exercise is based on using Indigenous methodologies and the goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.  (In-person) adult and youth versions available!
  • The Virtual Blanket Exercise (virtual) adult and youth version available! 
  • Metis Walking Tour– Learn about the history of the Metis Nation at Red River, the subsequent dispossession of the Metis homeland, and the implications of this history for teaching and learning as we walk through some of Red River’s historic sites.  (In Person)

 

  • Unpacking Land Acknowledgements, Truth, and Treaty Relationships – In this workshop we answer these essential questions about Land and Treaty acknowledgements. Participants are encouraged to evaluate their understanding of treatyand land history of the territory they live and work on, reflect upon the effects of colonialism, assess their land acknowledgements and work at creating action regarding reconciliation.  (In-Person and Virtual)

 

  • Positioning Ourselves in Colonialism –What colonial myths and stereotypes do we perpetuate in our schools and classrooms?  What perspectives are we ignoring?  Positioning Ourselves in Colonialism helps us understand how non-indigenous and colonial perceptions dominate our school spaces and pedagogy.  It also shows us that reconciliation will be almost impossible if we do not reform and change the way we build and teach in our school communities.    (In-person (MB and Virtual)
  • Winter Count – Grief, Loss and Trauma Workshop Strengthening Your Spirit Mental Health/Spiritual Wellness (In-person and Virtual)
  • Tipi Teachings – Self Care & Traditional Teachings (In-person and virtual AB)
 
  • Tree of Life – Personal and professional life balance (Virtual and In-person AB)
 
  • A Full Circle – Mossbag making and prenatal, postnatal care (In-person AB)
 
  • Kinship and Traditional Parenting Healthy Relationships – Partner relationships, Parenting & Co- parenting
  • Making Her Dress & Making His Shirt – Traditional Dress Origin, Traditional Parenting (In-person AB)

                                                

  • Moccasin Making Healing Journey- This is a 2 day workshop which weaves in the personal teachings of Anishinaabe facilitator from Wikwemikoong ON (In-person ON)

 

  • Rattle Making – (In person ON)

 

  • Birch Bark Canoe Making – (In person ON)

 

  • Ribbon Skirt and Pow Wow Regalia Making (In person ON)

 

  • Hand Drum and Big Drum Making (In person ON)

 

  • Traditional Tattooing (In person ON)

 

  • Event and Home Blessings and Land Acknowledgements (In person and virtual ON, MB, NB, NS, BC, AB)

 

We also have performers with a large range of talents to showcase. Please note that we do not provide Sweat Lodge or Ceremony, if you are looking for healing, we can provide referrals for free.

All virtual sessions are deliverable worldwide.