Engage for Change

June 2017

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Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen - Thanksgiving Address in Haudenosaunee Culture

Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen - Thanksgiving Address in Haudenosaunee Culture

In the Haudenosaunee language, the Thanksgiving Address is called Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen pronounced ‘Oh hon don Gar ee wah day kwon,’ which translates to “What we say before we do anything important.” In English, it is commonly known as the Opening Prayer, the Greetings (“giving greetings to the natural world”), and most commonly, the Thanksgiving Address.

In traditional Haudenosaunee culture, the Thanksgiving Address is spoken at the opening and closing of important cultural events, including traditional Haudenosaunee ceremonies, meetings and gatherings.

Learning in Limestone

The truth about reconciliation

Find out more about the incredible student projects that were the culmination of an inquiry-based curriculum project. These amazing students were tasked to find answers on the next steps to the path to reconciliation. Thanks to the Limestone District School Board for featuring Engage for Change in its June 2017 Learning in Limestone segment.

Indigeneity 101

Indigeneity 101

Although Canada promotes multiculturalism and inclusion, Indigenous peoples still face stereotyping and racism. This phenomenon can be connected to not being exposed to the true history of colonialism in the public school system. Until recently, this history was not widely taught in schools. Luckily, this is beginning to change and Indigenous history is now being integrated into public school curricula across Canada.