Eddy Robinson M.Ed.
Born and raised in Toronto the largest city in Canada, Eddy Robinson Anishinaabe/Muskegowuk Cree did not enjoy a childhood of privilege. This narrative is not unique and is shared in similar ways by many other Indigenous people throughout North America. It was not until his adult years that he really begun to understand the legacy of his father’s experience at the Chapleau Indian Residential School and Shingwauk Indian Residential School.
Mr. Robinson has worked and advocated for many Indigenous communities locally, provincially and nationally for the past 25 years. The Dewegun (Dee-Way-Gun which means Drum) first set Robinson on a good path in life leading to many other important sources that contributed to the rediscovery of his identity; Anishinaabe ceremonies, Indigenous literature & film, leaders, Traditional Teachers and Elders.
Since then Robinson has traveled throughout North America as a noted Anishinaabe artist, teacher, musician, educator, facilitator, trainer, writer and now speaker. He has presented to numerous First Nations, Indigenous communities, local district school boards, colleges, universities, corporate institutions as well as several Indigenous and non-Indigenous not for profit organizations.
With the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada putting forth the 94 Calls to Action Mr. Robinson engages Truth and Reconciliation through a personal narrative of his journey not only growing up as an urban Indigenous person, but also reflecting on his professional experience and the learning he has received from several Indigenous organizations over the years. He discusses the utter importance of engaging Indigenous people in a respectful and reciprocal way. Mr. Robinson will also address the much needed alliance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout North America in order to begin the process of creating social change before even stepping on the path of Reconciliation.
Reconciliation is not only a personal journey of forgiveness of self and others in support of past generations but is very much about being mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually part of a legacy of resurgence.