The event included workshops and storytelling related to the legacy of Canada’s residential schools. Other elements included opening and closing prayers, a healing song and a talking circle—with special fanfare for the keynote speaker, Wab Kinew. Kinew, in case you don’t know, is a rock star of Canadian Indigenous politics, entertainment, and thought. He’s an academic (at the University of Winnipeg) and journalist (for Aljazeera America) as well as a TV personality (he hosted the acclaimed 8th Fire series for the CBC) and hip hop artist.
The Sisters of All Nations, an all-female drum group formed by Western University students of various Native backgrounds, were also part of the conference. In a show of appreciation, they invited Wab Kinew backstage and serenaded him with their version of Blackstreet’s ’90s R&B hit “No Diggity.” As you can tell from this video, a good time was had by all: