Indigenous Arts and Learning for Educators - Tyendinaga

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In a session of information sharing and professional development, take part in a feather workshop by artist Dawn Setford and learn about circle customs, bird medicine and intergenerational trauma.

Explore innovative arts and learning programs and projects taking place in schools and the community.

Network with your peers to seek collaborations, and deepen your connections in the sector.

Share the innovative work you’re doing through a poster session. Apply to be a poster presenter!


Enjoy a presentation and discussion on Canada’s Map of Arts & Learning – an innovative digital map representing arts and learning in communities across the country. We want YOU to be part of this conversation.  Through focus groups and guided discussion, have your say and help guide the development of this vital tool for arts and learning in Ontario.


Facilitator - Dawn Setford

Dawn Setford (Mary Francis Whiteman) is Mohawk, Bear Clan whose familial territory is St.Regis/Akwesasne. She is a community-engaged visual and media artist who advocates for equality and facilitates the creation of informed opinions of Indigenous Cultures. Dawn is the Founder & President of the Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada and owner at Pass The Feather.

Dawn dedicated 4 years of volunteer work for the Sixties Scoop Network / National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network committee as the creator of their logo and graphic designs for social media, print and web. Other web and graphic design work includes Century 21 Central America (1999),  All Image Promotions (1994-1998), Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (Walking In Her Moccasins), Millside Ceramics, the Grey Bruce Aboriginal Qimmiq Team and 15 years serving the veterinary industry.

Dawn is a member of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Educators Association of Ontario, she is a regular contributor to Aboriginal Women’s Economic Quarterly Indigenous, Spirit Magazine (Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada) and works retail spaces and the powwow trail to market, educate and promote the hand made works of fine Indigenous artisans.

Dawn attended Niagara College, Brock University, George Eastman House (analog photography) and Dundas Valley School of Art. Major – visual arts, Minor – Aboriginal Studies. Dawn spent 3 years living in Central America studying Indigenous cultures, their language and arts.

Dawn is a Feather-Keeper and artist. Her extensive collection of feathers is utilized in workshops where participants create talking feather bundles, personal smudge feathers and regalia fans. Dawn is an Indigenous adoptee and infuses her workshops with important perspectives regarding intergenerational trauma and the 60’s scoop – a program aimed at removing young children from their communities and placing them in non-Indigenous homes. She explores sharing circle customs, bird medicine and intergenerational trauma in each workshop.


Event Schedule

10:00 - Welcome and introduction

10:10 - Workshop led by Dawn Setford

11:30 - Networking, poster sessions and refreshments

12:00 - Mapping focus groups and discussion

12:55 - Wrap up and reflection


The Tyendinaga Eduarts Hub is presented in partnership with the First Nations Technical Institute.


Canada's Map of Arts & Learning in Ontario and the Ontario Eduarts Hub series is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

April 5th, 2019 10:00 AM to  1:00 PM
314 Airport Road
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, ON K0K1X0
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