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Eddy Robinson M.Ed.

Born and raised in Toronto the largest city in Canada, like many Eddy grew up in poverty. This narrative is not unique and is shared in similar ways by so 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.

Eddy has worked and advocated for many Indigenous communities locally, provincially and nationally for the past 25 years. The Dewegun (D-Way-Gun which means Drum) first set him on a path in life leading to many other important sources that contributed to the rediscovery of his Anishinaabe and Muskegowuk Cree identity. On his journey he had the privilege of experiencing Traditional ceremonies, Indigenous literature & film, mentoring by Cultural leaders, Traditional Teachers and Elders.

Since then Eddy has traveled throughout North America as a noted Indigenous artist, teacher, musician, educator, facilitator, trainer, writer, consultant 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 non-profit organizations.

With the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada putting forth the 94 Calls to Action Eddy engages Truth and Reconciliation through a personal narrative.  He shares his experiences with the audience openly of growing up in they city and overcoming adversity. He attributes his successes to the culture and many allies that have created space for him along the way.

Eddy discusses the utter importance of engaging Indigenous people in a respectful and reciprocal way. He stresses 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

Eddy believes that in order to heal from the impacts of colonial trauma and oppression. We need to elevate the collective consciousness globally about what truthfully happened here to Indigenous People in Canada and North America. The truth will not only help many Indigenous and non-Indigenous people grow; It will continue to help and support the healing process.