Guest Speakers

Eddy Robinson

Eddy Robinson is a York University alumni, noted Anishinaabe artist, musician, educator, facilitator, trainer and speaker. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Eddy Anishinaabe/Muskegowuk Cree did not enjoy a childhood of privilege. This narrative is not unique and is shared in similar ways by many other Indigenous people throughout Canada.

Over the past 25 years Eddy has worked on the frontline of social services advocating for Indigenous communities locally, provincially, and nationally. He’s involved with numerous school boards, colleges, universities, corporate institutions, and several Indigenous organizations.

With the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada putting forth the 94 Calls to Action Eddy engages Truth and Reconciliation through a personal narrative of his journey not only growing up as an urban Indigenous person, but also reflecting on his professional experience with Indigenous organizations on local, provincial and national levels. He discusses the utter importance of engaging Indigenous people in a respectful and reciprocal way when it comes to educational institutions and child protection agencies. Reconciliation for Eddy is not only a personal journey of forgiveness of self and others in support of past generations but is very much about being mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually part of this legacy of resurgence.

The power of the Dewegun (Drum) brought Robinson to the doorway of ceremony and other aspects of his Indigenous Way of Knowing. It was during the early years of his adolescence that he was first exposed to the sound of the Dewegun (Drum) calling him to a heritage that he now credits with saving his life and setting him on a good path in life.