Aboriginal group to host ribbon skirt workshop

GUELPH – Some Indigenous neighborhood members from Guelph and Wellington County will have a good time Worldwide Ladies’s Day with a ribbon skirt workshop.  

The occasion is organized by the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Well being Entry Centre (SOAHAC) and can happen at Guelph-Wellington Ladies in Disaster on March 6. 

“For Indigenous ladies, a ribbon skirt is a part of identification, tradition and custom, used for ceremony,” stated Kellie Grace, conventional therapeutic liaison at SOAHAC.

“Ribbon skirts, to many Indigenous neighborhood members, symbolize power, resilience, empowerment and connection to Mom Earth.” 

Juanita Paul O’Neill, who will facilitate the workshop, stated “ribbon skirts touching the bottom lets Mom Earth know we’re there.”  

Paul O’Neill made this ribbon skirt in honour of kids who attended residential faculties. Photograph from Nukumi Creations Fb.


Paul O’Neill, a “very proud member of Qalipu First Nation,” is the proprietor of Nukumi Creations, a small enterprise promoting ribbon skirts, bead work and work. 

“I additionally do courses for anybody who’s eager to be taught,” she stated, as a result of instructing others is a part of her personal therapeutic. 

Nukumi means grandmother in Mi’kmaq and Paul O’Neill is a grandmother of 5. 

Throughout the workshop she’s going to stroll contributors by means of each step of the method to make a ribbon skirt. 

Supplies and provides, together with material, ribbons and stitching machines, will likely be offered freed from cost.

Ribbon skirts may be customized with specific “colors, clans or causes,” Grace famous, like “Orange Shirt Day or lacking and murdered Indigenous individuals.” 

Paul O’Neill stated “with a lot negativity on the go concerning the Indigenous and even different teams, it is crucial simply to get the phrase out that we’re right here and we’re not going wherever.” 

Grace encourages individuals with Indigenous heritage to attend “neighborhood occasions, workshops, and socials to be taught and hook up with the tradition, as our neighborhood is open and welcoming.”

She stated occasions just like the ribbon skirt workshop are essential as a result of “many individuals have been disconnected from the Indigenous tradition and neighborhood because of impacts of colonization, assimilation and racism.”

She stated bringing First Nation, Métis, and Inuit individuals collectively to be taught new abilities, socialize and share Indigenous data empowers people and is a invaluable technique to domesticate emotional, psychological, non secular, and bodily therapeutic. 

“Connection to tradition and traditions inside neighborhood” is essential for individuals from all cultural identities, Grace famous.  

Talking from her personal expertise as an Indigenous girl, she stated “our Indigenous neighborhood members are social, oral individuals and connection to tradition and custom supplies a way of belonging and identification.” 

The workshop had area and provides for 10 contributors from the Guelph-Wellington Indigenous neighborhood to every make their very own ribbon skirt to take house. It’s free to attend and reached capability inside 24 hours of SOAHAC opening registration for the workshop. 

Grace stated “we see the communities need and must have one of these workshop” so SOAHAC will arrange one other within the close to future.