June 4, 2020 from 4-5pm, with Jenny Blackbird, Karyn Recollet, and special guest Liz Osawamick.

We ask, how do we think alongside a strawberry, as a more-than-human relation/as a ready to be worn, or offered-extension of care? What are the concepts and forms, shapes of care, and relationality that does not require a performance of a knowable, consumable packaged Indigenous aesthetic? What are the technologies of emergence that we hold tender and close at this moment in time?  How does being in relation with a berry extend into a conversation of critical care-ing technologies?

We ask you to bead alongside us, with us, together, yet notin this moment of a collective pause. 

We will be activating the following provocations: 

  • The first bead reflects and imagines self care
  • Then expand outwards to imagine future kinds of care and kinship with family and friends 
  • Then expand outwards to imagine future kinds of care and kinship with ancestors and future ancestors.

We ask that you pre-prepare your tool kit in advance of this activation. Here is what you will need:

  • Beading needle size 11
  • Thread
  • Beads
    • Size 11 beads
    • Any combination (Red/Black/White)
  • A circular piece of felt 


Liz Osawamick (Giniw Miigwan) is of the Anishinaabe and Odawa Nation and is originally from Wiikwemkong Unceded First Nation located on Manitoulin Island.  She is a jingle dress dancer since the early 90’s, inspired by her late sister Lilly Osawamick-Bourgeois. She currently resides with her family in Hastings, Ontario. She is of the beaver clan.  She is currently a Native Language teacher with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District school board both Elementary and Secondary level.  She is now currently in her twenty sixth year of teaching at North Shore Public School and thirteenth year of teaching Introduction to Anishinaabemowin at Trent University and Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School.  She also taught the Introduction to Indigenous Music and Dance for four years at Trent.

Liz utilizes Indigenous knowledge and teaching songs and ceremonies as a core component in her teaching methods and community work facilitating various language Immersion programs and cultural teachings within First Nation communities.   She is in her Fifth year as President for Anishnaabemowin-Teg Inc.  Originally inspired by Elder Josephine Mandamin, she has been walking for the water in the Mississauga territories of the Kawartha Lakes region for ten years now along with her aunt Shirley Williams and other Anishinaabe-kwewag.

Elizabeth Osawamick
44 New Street
P.O. Box 327
Hastings, ON
K0L 1Y0