“I approach the topic of Indigenous Ways of knowing through an urban lens grounded in the Indigenous methodology of locating one self,” said Eddy. “As future teachers you need to learn how to safely ask the question of how we as a society can engage Indigenous Ways of Knowing (culture) within professional and educational environments.”

York University 2015




Keynote Topics


Debwewin (Truth) & Reconciliation

In this presentation Eddy brings attention and awareness to the impacts of Residential Schools and how it has directly contributed to the breakdown of his own family nucleus. Debwewin & Reconciliation needs to be taught within each classroom and to every Canadian about what has happened here for the intention of building a more truthful Canada.


Journey of an Indigenous Student

In this presentation, Eddy shares his personal narrative of the struggles with his First Nations (Indigenous) identity and the allies who created safe spaces for him throughout his academic journey.


Urban Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Eddy approaches the topic of Indigenous Ways of Knowing through an urban lens grounded in the Indigenous methodology of locating one self. He also looks at how we can engage Indigenous ways of knowing through modern technology. When Anishinaabe (Ojibway) people locate themselves in the Anishinaabe language they are essentially locating their spirit to the universe and creation. When in the city and we locate ourselves as Indigenous people with Indigenous methodologies we are re-Indigenizing urban
spaces. Eddy creates access points for the audience to engage in the conversation.


Indigenous In The City: The Urban Indigenous Experience

In this talk attention is drawn to the impact of colonization (loss of status, enfranchisement) resulting in many Indigenous people migrating to the urban centres. Due to the overwhelming numbers faced with poverty and discrimination this started an evolution of urban Indigenous organizations to meet the needs in the cities. Eddy not only shares his personal experience having to rely on these centres but his professional experience working locally, provincial and nationally with the fastest growing demographic in Canada; Indigenous (Aboriginal) People.





Engaging Indigenous communities: 

This workshop will cover Indigenous methods of how to engage Indigenous communities, understand the Indigenous landscape and navigate conversations in Canada.


Debwewin (Truth) & Reconciliation:

This workshop will address the 94 Calls to Action within the classroom and how educators can use the several resources available to create an awareness with students, parents and community.


Digital Bundles

Digital Bundles discusses the Indigenous concept of sacred bundles and how this translates to digital space and the internet. This workshop engages learners with methods of how to create online Indigenous digital bundles using online social media, audio and video platforms


Indigenous Cultural Awareness

This workshop will discuss Indigenous methodologies and how it translates to life today for students, professionals and individuals. This workshop will allow participants to safely ask the question of how we can as a society engage Indigenous Ways of Knowing (culture) within professional and educational environments? There will also be ample opportunity to discuss the current Indigenous presence within society and the distinct differences between; identity (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), culture, language, location and populations.


Indigenous Stereotypes and Misconceptions

In this workshop the misrepresentation of Aboriginal/Indigenous/Native American people in Hollywood films, mainstream society, sport teams, mascots, objectified imagery, literature and media will be discussed in the context of anti-oppression. Unfortunately in 2015/2016 the appropriation of Indigenous culture and objectification of Indigenous people is continuously still a presence within media and mainstream.

Becoming an Indigenous Ally/Critical Friend: Building Relationships to Create Change

Eddy approaches becoming an Indigenous Ally/Critical Friend through grounding learners with his personal insight to the Indigenous narrative in Canada. The Indigenous voice has been left out of many conversations and in order to elevate the collective consciousness he calls on people to take action within their personal and professional space. Indigenous methodologies and Cultural safe practices will be offered during the talk in order to help foster and form relationships with Indigenous people and communities.