Storytelling with Indigenous Artist Scott Debassige
11:00 am to 12:00 pm, The Carnegie Room
Admission free. No registration required
Join us for a story time with Ojibwe/Odawa artist and performer Scott Debassige, Sitting Bear of the Bear clan from M’chigeeng Reserve on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario. Incorporating singing, drumming and storytelling, families will learn traditional stories and be engaged by this fun and interactive event.
Scott Debassige is an Ojibwe/Odawa man originally from the M’chigeeng Reserve on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario. He was one of thousands of Indigenous children to grow up and survive the Canadian Government 60’s scoop. In his late teen years, he returned to his family on Manitoulin Island where he was able to spend precious time with his great uncles and great aunties, receiving traditional education and reclaiming his cultural identity. His traditional education came through the loving patience of his elderly family members with seasonal visits to the maple sugar bush camp, survival training, fishing, medicinal plant hikes, hunting, trapping, storytelling and attending sacred ceremonies. Throughout the past decades, Debassige has had the greatest privilege of working with traditional elders and Native healers throughout Canada. He has become well known for his art of traditional storytelling and singing throughout Ontario. He continues to focus on the revitalization of his Ojibwe/Odawa language (Anishinabemowin) and keeping his people’s stories alive. He currently resides in the Simcoe Region teaching at schools, colleges, universities and Native organizations.