Above is Myeengun Henry doing a presentation with the educational Tribal Visions Dance Troupe
Native American traditional medicine offers a weath of knowledge. Having the knowledge is one thing... practicing it with a respect towards the Creator and all created things is another.
Myeengun Henry promotes the natural laws and traditional medicine of Native Americans.
Educating others, regardless of race, is his reason for speaking.
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Below is a bio of Myeengun's efforts to a make a difference in the lives of others.
As we venture into a new generation where the Aboriginal population is on a sky-rocketing increase, just look at all of the new Aboriginal babies born in the past year. It is imperative to make sound investments and responsible decisions today. The economic downturn in Canada has affected our chances to compete for meaningful employment in the London region. As previous Director of Employment Services for six years at Chippewas of the Thames First Nation I was able to build initiatives such as the WiijiiAnookeewin Adult Education Centre, to provide community members access to essential skills on reserve. Also I have created a solid network with employers in the Southern Ontario region through the Aboriginal Human Resource Development Agreement (AHRDA).
I’ve been very fortunate to have studied Anishnabe culture with various elders and today I am a conductor of ceremony and practitioner of Aboriginal traditional medicine and the Anishnabe language. I’ve conducted many weddings, funerals, and naming and healing ceremonies. My practice with traditional medicine supports healing from various illnesses such as cancers and diabetes. I’ve gained extensive experience at Anishnabe Health Toronto as program manager and as oshkibiiwis (healer’s helper) along with working on the street patrol program in the homelessness initiative. I have been involved with many pow wows as coordinator, emcee, arena director and security. I have been asked to speak at the world religions conference three times representing Aboriginal Spirituality in Waterloo and conduct many cultural workshops and speaking engagements. I have blessed the 2010 Olympic flame that crossed through Chippewas of the Thames. I like to use the seven grand-father teaching and medicine wheel along with scientific research as a guide for decisions and pass this on to those looking for direction. I teach through story-telling and through presentations and conferences.
I have actively participated and designed many environmental projects such as stewardship projects, trees for life, youth hunting day and the hummingbird study along with fostering better relationships with the ministry of natural resources and stewardship councils and recently in February 2011 helped coordinate a historical meeting with all southern First Nations and MNR. My contacts in the environmental sector offered to do some much needed maintenance to the sacred oak trees in our pow wow grounds at the ball park. I work with Brian Salt of Salthaven farms in Mt. Brydges, Ontario and we now regularly release once injured birds such as hawks and eagles back to their natural habitat. It was done at the eagle staff carriers gathering and the women’shonouring gathering and other events.
Currently, I am the Manager of Aboriginal Services for Conestoga College, Kitchener Ontario. I value education in its many forms and through consultation with community leaders, spiritual people and looking at current statistics there is need to elevate opportunities to promote higher education. At Conestoga College, I delivered a unique opportunity to students and community members by negotiating a partnership with the college. The college wanted to host a “service” to Aboriginal people to support their post-secondary experience. I insisted that a “service” would not be adequate but by partnering with Aboriginal people a leadership quality would be established. This was accepted and today Aboriginal Services at Conestoga College is a full partner.
I work with the School Boards and other educational institutions in many capacities to create awareness and culturally sensitive programs and am happy to announce that we were successful in prompting one school board to conduct one smudging ceremony at a trustee meeting each year, it is now policy.
Youth identity is imperative to healthy living standards; I work continuously with organizations that foster good communication. My involvement with the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board as a board member and presentor at the annual DreamWalkers gathering has paired me with celebrities such as Mike PinBall Clemons (Toronto Argos), Waneek Miller-Horn (Aboriginal Olympic Athlete), Carla Robinson (CBC news Anchorwomen), Mike Holmes (TV Holmes on Homes), George Chavelo (Heavyweight Boxer), Don Burnstick (Aboriginal Comedian, Ted Nolan (NHL Hockey player and coach), Buffy Ste Marie (Aboriginal singer), Genevieve Fisher (Chippewa’s Aboriginal Singer), Crystal Shawanda (Aboriginal singer) and Canada’s female vocalist of the year), former Lt. Gov. James Barttlemanand more. Role models of this capacity are an important element to support our youth. I conduct a youth group in Kitchener Ontario and have built healthy relationships with youth in various Aboriginal communities. Creating identity and fully understanding the teachings of the “stages of life” our youth can achieve and excel through this extremely important time in their lives, Not one more youth suicide will be tolerated!
In 2009 I created a concert called Chippewa’s Rocks the Park, a highly successful and well attended event that produced a stimulated economy to local businesses and elevated attendance at our competition pow wow. The show featured Crystal Shawanda and Genevieve Fisher and Hector Sturgeon Chippewa’s first Chippewa Idol contest along with many band members displaying their musical talents.
Communication is a bonding agent that supplies cohesiveness. I have been honoured with the spoken word award for my radio show “from where we are heard” out of the University of Windsor and I am currently the host of a new radio show out of Conestoga College called Nish-Vibes. I have been able to bring youth into these radio shows to demonstrate an excellent career.
I have been a member of the Kitchener/Waterloo housing board of directors and I am aware of barriers that our urban band member continue to face and I will continue to build resources to combat poverty.
I would like to continue bringing events such as these together while working with community members to enhance the gifts you were blessed with.
My family consists of my wife of 9 years, Lori, my daughter Matilda 25, daughter Allana 17, son Aaron 8 (an Elvis impersonator), daughter Jillian 6 and soon to be Grandfather. My parents are Arnold and Freda Henry of Chippewas of the Thames.. I hold an honours diploma and a 4.0 grade point average in Indigenous wellness and addiction prevention from Canadore College and was honoured by Canadore College as their only nominee for the prestigious Ontario Premiers Award.