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Indigenous Host, Elders, Drummers and Singers, and Caterer confirmed for OACJP and Ottawa Court House Partnership Unveiling Event this Friday, April 19th, 1-2pm

Event and Programme

Ottawa, Ontario


Event

Odawa Aboriginal Community Justice Programme will officially unveil its partnership with the Ottawa Court House in traditional ceremony with speakers, drumming and refreshments, Friday April 19th, 2013 from 1pm to 2pm, Main Atrium, Ottawa Court House, 161 Elgin St., Ottawa.


Confirmed for this ground-breaking event are an Indigenous Host, Elders, Drummers and Singers, and Caterer.


Host

Guy Freedman, Lynx clan Michif (Métis) from Flin Flon, Manitoba, is Host of the Unveiling Event. Founding Partner and President of the First Peoples Group (www.firstpeoplesgroup.com), Guy is an entrepreneurial leader dedicated to the revival, renaissance and resurgence of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures through the arts, media and business. A talented facilitator, trainer, keynote speaker and writer, Guy focuses on such topics as identity, self-esteem, culture, wellness, career and using one's gift to the best of their ability.


Elders

Elder Terry McKay, Eagle clan of the Gitandeau tribe of the Tsimshian Nation of the northwest coast of BC, has been living and working in the Ottawa area for over three decades. He has been involved as an Elder with the OACJP from the programme's beginning.


Elder Annie (Kishkwanakwad) St Georges is an Algonquin Elder, born and raised on the Kitigan-Zibi reserve near Maniwaki, Quebec. She holds a teaching certificate from the University of Quebec and worked several years for the Government of Canada. She is a recognized Elder and the initiator of National Aboriginal Awareness Week. She has been featured in many documentaries on Aboriginal culture and social issues. Kishkwanakwad has devoted her life to the promotion and recognition of the positive values of Aboriginal peoples. Kishkwanakwad has recently become involved with OACJP as an Elder with the Programme.


Drums, Drummers and Singers

The name of the drum is O-Town Boyz, Formed in the last couple years, members of the O-Town Boys Drummers and Singers started out as volunteer drummers for various programs within the Aboriginal Service provider agencies in Ottawa. They quickly received the eyes and ears of many organizations and their drum and song now resonates in and around the Ottawa Carleton area.


Caterer

Aboriginal Experiences provides impressive catering services, featuring traditional native foods served in contemporary style which can range from casual summer barbeque to a formal native fusion dinner buffet and everything in between. Their professional team of Aboriginal chefs, cooks and servers are proud to serve fresh, high quality food with friendly service that is reflective of our culture of hospitality.
Aboriginal Experiences Catering


Programme

The Odawa Aboriginal Community Justice Programme, OACJP successfully keeps eligible aboriginal offenders out of the criminal justice system.

Eligible offenders enter the programme with personalized healing plans which may include therapy and counselling, addictions programmes, cultural programmes to help reconnect or strengthen the individual's cultural identity, and other suitable programmes. One of the OACJP Healing Plan's end goals is to minimize repeat offences. Successful completion of the individual's OACJP Healing Plan results in his/her charges being withdrawn by the Court.


OACJP offers justice services to off-set the over-representation of Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit peoples in the criminal justice system. Supported by The Department of Justice, Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres and The Ministry of the Attorney General, OACJP runs at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, 12 Sterling Avenue, Ottawa.


For more information on the event and/or the OACJP please contact:

communityjustice odawa.on.ca

Phone: 613-722-3811 ext 270

Fax: 613.729.0032‏

http://www.odawa.on.ca/programs/justice