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A Conversation with Indigenous Consultant Vanessa Kennedy (Red Quills)

July 15, 2021 @ 2:00 am - May 21, 2022 @ 3:45 pm


Join us during 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM EST on Thursday, July 15, 2021 for a conversation with Indigenous Consultant Vanessa Kennedy (Red Quills).In partnership with St. Clair Student Representative Council, Indigenous Student Services have arranged a Virtual Check-in with Vanessa Kennedy (Red Quills) for Staff and Faculty of St. Clair College.
Join Vanessa for an online smudge and check-in with your smudge bowls and/or a candle to light for prayers for the Indigenous children found in Canada. In the recent discovery of more unmarked graves and children found, it has become unbearable to deal with grief and trauma especially in a pandemic. Staff and Faculty are welcome to join Vanessa in a safe place to meet and talk about your feelings.
Vanessa Kennedy is the owner of Red Quills, a business that delivers cultural sharing. This business provides services to non-Indigenous sectors in order to build relationships with the Indigenous population. Vanessa is passionate about Indigenous culture and building partnerships and joint ventures to better the lives of Indigenous people. As a mother and wife, living in Simcoe County, she has seen a need to build better relationships for future generations. As a member of Wasauksing First Nation, Vanessa grew up between Saugeen and Wasauksing of her mother and father’s reserve. As an Ojibway and Pottawatomi Indigenous woman, Vanessa intentionally dug deeply into her people’s history and stories. It was here she saw a need to make connections with non-Indigenous people so they could better understand her people’s past and history.
Early in her youth, she pursued her artistic endeavours and actively painted Indigenous art pieces and went on to study art at Georgian College. Mrs. Kennedy has worked for thirteen years in the public sector of municipal government in York region and eight years in Indigenous community-oriented organizations within Simcoe County. As a Youth Councillor with Enaahtig Healing Lodge, she has seen the need for healing through Indigenous wholistic approaches within the family unit. As an Administrative Assistant with Simcoe Urban Native Housing Inc., she has also seen the struggles of her people trying to acquire housing. It was at the Barrie Native Friendship Center that Vanessa was able to coordinate many endeavours for the Indigenous population accessing the center. During her time with these organizations, Vanessa has seen a need to make connections and assist with healing and reconciliation for all.  In her spare time, Vanessa creates handcrafted Indigenous jewelry and art pieces.
Registration opened to Staff and Faculty of St. Clair College only.
This event is offered free of charge.
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July 15, 2021 @ 2:00 am
May 21, 2022 @ 3:45 pm