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Special Celebration Honours Founders and Features Keynote Speakers Wab Kinew, Shirley Ida Williams, Hoedown, Mini-Powwow Dance Social, Round Dance, 69 Workshops and more!
SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN — Anishinaabemowin Teg, Inc. has announced that online registration for the 20th Anniversary Celebration Language Conference March 26-30, 2014 continues until next week only but conference registration is available on site at the conference scheduled to take place at Kewadin Casino and Convention Center in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
This popular event celebrates the 20th year with a series of special events for registered delegates:
— Sacred Fire, Teaching Lodge and daily Sunrise Ceremonies Thursday through Sunday morning
— Opening Ceremonies on Thursday morning with Keynote Speaker Wab Kinew
— Founders Honouring Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Shirley Ida Williams, Lifetime Member
— Hoedown on Thursday night at Kewadin with MC “Suntan” Fran Mishibinijima, fiddler Ruby John and keyboardist George “Jaach” Trudeau
— Round Dance on Thursday night at Niigaanagiizhik Building Ceremonial Building 11 Ice Circle Sault Ste. Marie, MI
— Scholarship Banquet on Friday night honouring 70 students of Anishinaabemowin
— Sixty-nine (69) concurrent workshops Thursday, Friday, Saturday
— Annual General Membership meeting, Board of Directors election (six open seats), annual audit report
— Drum and Dance Social on Saturday night at Kewadin with Head Dancers Karaka Osawamik and Nathalie Restoule (Ateg Youth Reps), and Jr. Head Dancers Tanner Southwind and Acadia Solomon. All dancers welcome! Bring your regalia and your smile!
— Breakfast and Closing Ceremonies on Sunday morning with conference MC Bea Shawanda
Keynote Speaker – Wab Kinew
This year, the theme is “Niizhtana Nsa-biboon Gii bibimoseyaang Anishinaabemowin: Shkweyaang-naabing miinwaa Niigaan-naabiing” A Twenty Year Journey of Language: Looking Back and Looking Forward.” Keynote Speaker Wab Kinew will deliver a talk about looking forward in language developments titled “Looking Forward: Directions in Digital Learning.” Wab Kinew was named by Postmedia News as one of “9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know.” He is the Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the University of Winnepeg.
This year, with the gathering of most of the Founders of Anishinaabemowin Teg being present to be honoured at the Founders Honouring Luncheon, Keynote Speaker Shirley Ida Williams, Lifetime Member, will deliver the overview of Anishinaabemowin Teg’s development in the last twenty years. Following the luncheon, the Founders will take part in a Meet and Greet panel session to talk about the early years of Anishinaabemowin Teg. This panel will be hosted by Margaret Noodin, current secretary for the board of directors. Dr. Noodin is a long-time language activist Assistant Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research and writing focuses on Anishinaabe language and culture.
In addition to the keynote speeches and founders’ comments, there is a Children’s Program that operates daily from 9:00 – 4:00 with structured language-focused activities for registered children ages 5 – 12. Registration is available on site.
The board of directors is hosting a Presenters Meet and Greet on Wednesday night from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. If delegates wish to meet the presenters and board/senate/youth members at that time, please feel free to stop in and say “aanii.”