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Cultural Connections

The Culture Alliance hosts learning and networking opportunities for organizations and individuals involved in the cultural sector. 

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with Kelly Brownbill

June 8 and 15 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Foundation to Cultural Competency

A Historical Perspective on Indigenous Awareness

Too often we are bombarded with frightening statistics enumerating the social and economic challenges faced by Indigenous people and communities in Canada today.  Rather than view these statistics in isolation, Kelly believes that they are better processed when considered through a lens of cause and effect.

Beginning prior to contact and moving into modern society, Kelly will take participants through an introduction to Indigenous culture that compares what was here, what was brought here, and how those very different world views collided as the country of Canada was formed. 

Participants will leave with a better understanding of Indigenous culture, a better awareness of the challenges faced by Indigenous people and communities, and an introduction to relationship building in order to address the history of assimilation and inequities.


Kelly Brownbill’s spirit name, Wabunnoongakikwe, means Woman Who Comes from the East and she is proud to be Waabizhashi Dodem, Marten Clan. She is a member of the Flat Bay community of the Mi’kmaq Nation in Newfoundland and a member of the Three Fires Midewin Lodge.

Kelly’s major focus continues to be assisting agencies of all kinds to become more culturally competent in offering services to Indigenous Peoples.  This work includes conducting cultural awareness programs across a wide range of service sectors and facilitating individual organizations in their diversity work. 

She has been published in 2 peer reviewed texts, adding Indigenous views to issues of addiction and employee assistance programming and is the Senior Editor and Cultural Advisor of 4 Canoes magazine and Canoe Kids books.

Kelly continues to follow the guidance of her elders, both here and in the spirit realm.

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