Episode Eleven / Takastepanichikewin Peyakoshap
CHIPPEWAS OF THE THAMES FIRST NATION
Next stop is the Ojibway community, Chippewas of the Thames where Knowledge Keeper, Shane Henry, teaches us the very important steps in setting up a sweat lodge and participating in a sweat ceremony. Before we leave, Shane shares with us a powerful account of the community’s Residential School Legacy as we visit a monument dedicated to the survivors.
Meet the Knowledge Keeper
Knowledge Keeper Name: Shane Henry
What is your favorite meal? A big plate of fried pickerel with bread and butter!
Words to live by/favorite traditional teaching: A quote that I always shared with youth and believe in 100% is. You say this with emotion and feeling. “Don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream…You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period!” – Will Smith.
Chippewa of the Thames is home to combat athlete, Ashley Kechego-Nichols. NHL hockey player, Cody McCormick and Country artist, Genevieve Fisher.
First Nation Name
Deshkaan Ziibing Anishinaabeg, also known as Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.
located on the north bank of the Thames River approximately 20km southwest of London, Ontario
Google Map Link
2,420 registered band members (896 living on reserve)
We call ourselves Anishinabek which means the original people. We are known as the Ojibway, which are a band of the Algonquin language family who originally migrated to the Great Lakes area from the north-eastern region of North America.