About this event
Jenny Buckshot Tenasco is a Residential School Survivor who attended a Residential School in Kenora, Ontario when she was 6 years old. Through storytelling, Jenny and her daughter Anita Tenasco (members of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community) will share some thoughts and reflections on how Canada's Residential School system has impacted First Nations communities. This presentation will weave in themes of First Nations education, poverty, systematic racism, mental health, strength and resilience.
About the speakers
Jenny Buckshot Tenasco
Jenny Buckshot Tenasco is a djo djo (mother) to three children, Kokomis (grandmother) to three grandchildren and Kichi kokomis (great grandmother) to one great grandchild. Jenny is a proud member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community. At 6 years of age, Jenny attended a residential school in Kenora, Ontario. After her time at residential school, Jenny then attended an Indian Day School, a provincial school in Maniwaki, Quebec and eventually college. Jenny is a retired Child and Youth Worker who graduated from Algonquin College when she was 53 years of age. Jenny enjoys teaching others about Anishinabe Algonquin cultural traditions and is a firm believer in lifelong learning. Jenny exemplifies resilience.
Anita Tenasco is Anishinabe Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community (an Anishinabe Algonquin community located about 2 hours north of the Ottawa area). Anita was born and raised in the Kitigan Zibi community. She is a djo djo (mother), kokomis (grandmother) and the Director of Education for the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. As Anita is the daughter of a Residential School Survivor and an Indian Day School Survivor, she fully supports First Nations Control of First Nations Education and educating non indigenous people about the impacts of the Residential School system in Canada. Ms. Tenasco values promoting and sharing the brilliance, talents and ongoing strength within the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation.
Register for a Zoom link. This event is also streamed live on Ottawa Public Library Facebook.