Eddy Robinson M.Ed.
The power of the Dewegun (Drum) brought Robinson to the doorway of ceremony and other aspects of his Indigenous Way of Knowing. It was during the early years of his adolescence that he was first exposed to the sound of the Dewegun (Drum) calling him to a heritage that he now credits with saving his life and setting him on a good path in life.
Over the past 25 years of working on the frontline of social services and advocating for Indigenous communities locally, provincially and nationally Eddy has evolved into a noted Anishinaabe artist, musician, educator, facilitator, trainer and now speaker. He’s involved with numerous local district school boards, colleges, universities, corporate institutions and several Indigenous/Aboriginal organizations and currently travels across the country as a speaker.
With the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada putting forth the 94 Calls to Action Eddy 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 with Indigenous organizations on local, provincial and national levels. He discusses the utter importance of engaging Indigenous people in a respectful and reciprocal way when it comes to educational institutions and child protection agencies. Reconciliation for Eddy 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 this legacy of resurgence.
Eddy will also address the alliance of non-Indigenous people who need to find ways to be present and listening to the complexities and layers of what it means to be Anishinaabe, Indigenous, First Nations, Métis and Inuit before even stepping on the path of reconciliation.
Eddy established his First Nations owned and operated business Morningstar River in 2007 to address the societal need for Indigenous education and displays of authentic culture.