The OWA is pleased to offer Indigenous Cultural Mindfulness Training with George Couchie to woodlot owners, forest managers and practitioners, and other people interested in private land forest management.
The session will be a full day with snacks and lunch provided.
Kemptville Campus Agroforestry Centre, 2627 Bedell Road, Kemptville, Ontario, K0G 1J0
About George Couchie and Cultural Mindfulness Training
George Couchie lives on Nipissing First Nation with his wife Carolyn and three children. He is a former national powerlifting champion. George’s spirit name is Zoongiday which means ‘strong heart’ in Ojibway. He is a member of the Red-tailed Hawk (Gibwanasii) Clan.
George has over 33 years of policing experience, including 12 years designing and delivering award winning Native Awareness Training Programs and Initiatives to youth and to members of the Ontario Provincial Police, as well as to other government employees and teachers.
A gifted communicator, George speaks from the heart and uses personal stories and humour to broach difficult issues. George has been honoured with many awards for his commitment to educating adults and working with youth.
The session will start in the morning with culture, traditions, importance of the circle, drum, turtle, connection to the earth, seven grandfather teaching and medicine wheel.
The afternoon will cover history, The Indian Act, The 60’s scoop, and the effects of Indian Hospitals and Residential Schools.
See www.culturalmindfulness.ca for more information about George Cultural Mindfulness Training.
For more information, contact:
Program Coordinator, Ontario Woodlot Association