Living in Relation

June 15, 2022 - January 22, 2023

An Indigenous Exhibit

Wellington County Museum and Archives, in collaboration with our Indigenous Partner, Amber Holmes (Naawayaa), is pleased to unveil Living in Relation. This family-friendly exhibit provides engaging opportunities such as experiencing Anishinaabe teachings through one-on-one conversations with Amber, seeing and learning about traditional medicines, reading stories by Indigenous authors, and playing and participating in activities that promote self-reflection about our relationships with the environment.

“This exhibit is a "living exhibit", meaning it will constantly change and evolve over the duration of the show with different seasonal medicines on display. The exhibit brings attention to what is under our feet and all around us, including the plants, the animals, and the waters that sustain us as human beings. It explores the concept of “who we are” as being relational to the land, the water and each other.”

-         Amber Holmes (Naawayaa)

Regretfully, Amber had to cancel drop-in tours in December.  We all extend our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.  We hope to provide new dates in January 2023.

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About the Exhibitor

Green and Blue painted shell of a Ontario snapping turtle.

Amber Holmes (Naawayaa) (pronouns: they/them/ki/kin) is Two-Spirited of mixed Anishinaabe and European descent and a Registered Early Childhood Educator. The name Naawayaa means “The One in the Middle” and this exemplifies the work that ki accomplish within the community. Amber has spent many years supporting reconciliation and connection with Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals and communities across Southern Ontario, with a concentration on linking contemporary western disciplines with corresponding traditional Anishinaabe knowledge, medicines, teachings and world views.


Living in Relation (video) - A Conversation with Amber Holmes (Naawayaa)

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