Amanda L Kennedy, Haudenosaunee from the Oneida Nation of the Thames, Bear Clan; was a colonized, marginalized Indigenous child and youth of yesterday, and is an Indigenous Child and Youth Advocate today as well as a Social Entrepreneur and the Founder of Yotuni “Its Growing” Social Enterprise.
Based on her Indigenous ways of knowing which is based on various cultures and traditions as well as personal experiences, Amanda will be holding a Sharing Circle that will be opened with a prayer acknowledging Mother Earth and all of creation and a smudge using Sage, one of the 4 Sacred Medicines.
Amanda will be sharing her wisdom and teachings on some Indigenous truth and issues of the past and present. This will be followed by teachings that helped her on her journey such as the Anishinaabe Teaching on the Seven Grandfather Teachings, Four Sacred Medicines based on her Iroquois Longhouse ways of knowing, as well as some of the Ojibwe and Cree Teachings on the Medicine Wheel Teachings; with the intent on bringing together positive, respectful open minds, learning awareness on some truth of the Indigenous People and how to take care of the self holistically, physically, mentally, emotionally and Spiritually in a kind and gentle way.
Empowering People from all walks of life to come together with courage, honesty, respect, love, and humility; working towards solutions on decolonization and building stronger, positive relations with the Indigenous People.