Eddy Robinson
Indigenous Artist, Activist & Educator
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Eddy Robinson is Anishinaabe/Mushkegowuk Cree,an inspirational educator, performer,speaker,changemaker featured in CBC's “Moccasins & Concrete” documentary.Eddy Robinson enlightens with passionate personal narratives that carry a depth of insight, elevating methods of Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous culture and ways of knowing.

Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity

Speaker Types

  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Education & Teachers
  • Indigenous
  • Inspirational
  • Racial Justice
  • Social Justice & Human Rights

EDDY ROBINSON BIOGRAPHY

Eddy Robinson is an Anishinaabe/Muskegowuk Cree of the Missanabie Cree First Nation who was born and raised in the city of Toronto. Like many Indigenous people in Canada, Eddy Robinson did not enjoy an easy childhood as an Anishinaabe youth in the big city. His father – a Residential School survivor – left the family when he was just three years old. Eddy Robinson subsequently endured years of abuse from an alcoholic parent. Only in his adult years was Eddy able to understand the legacy of his father’s experience at Chapleau Indian Residential School and Shingwauk Indian Residential School.

Eventually ending up in the care of his grandparents, Eddy Robinson found himself caught in the same cycle of violence and addiction that dominated his childhood. He credits a Catholic priest at the Native Peoples Parish located in Toronto for first encouraging him to seek out his roots. He pointed Eddy Robinson to a traditional Anishinaabe Vision Quest/Fasting held at “Dreamers Rock” located on Manitoulin Island, ON; that would imminently begin his journey towards understanding his Indigenous identity and helping him leave behind the family legacy of abuse and violence.

The power of the “Dewegun” (Drum) brought Eddy Robinson to the doorway of ceremony and other aspects of his Indigenous Way of Knowing. It was during the early years that he was first exposed called him to a heritage that he now credits with saving his life and setting him on a good path in life. Over the past 25 years of working on the frontline of social services and advocating for Indigenous communities locally, provincially and nationally Eddy has evolved into a noted Anishinaabe artist, musician, educator, facilitator, trainer and public speaker. He’s involved with numerous local district school boards, colleges, universities, corporate institutions and several Indigenous/Aboriginal organizations.

In support of his qualifications, Eddy Robinson completed a Master of Education Degree from York University as well as a graduate diploma in Urban Environments. He is a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation, which has given him the foundation to effectively represent Indigenous ways of knowing.  He has a partial fluency in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway language) and over the past 30 years Eddy Robinson has participated, lead and facilitated cultural events

With the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada putting forth 94 recommendations for residential school healing, Eddy Robinson engages the TRC through a personal narrative. He discusses growing up as an urban Indigenous person and his professional experience with Indigenous organizations on local, provincial and national levels.

Eddy Robinson emphasizes the utter importance of engaging Indigenous people in a respectful and reciprocal way. 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. Eddy Robinson encourages non-Indigenous people to seek out a deeper understanding of what it means to be Anishinaabe, Indigenous, First Nations, Métis and Inuit before stepping on the path of reconciliation. A member of the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business Eddy established his First Nations-owned and operated business Morningstar River in 2007 to address the societal need for Indigenous education and displays of authentic culture. Awards: Wabnode Institute-Cambrian College, Elizabeth Osawamick Memorial Scholarship for Ojibway Language, Sudbury, ON

Diversity & Inclusiveness

  • Eddy looks at the methodology of being inclusive of ethno-communities and diversity within the educational systems through Indigenous best practices. Multi-culturalism – although well intended – has been a vehicle that has stifled and silenced many voices. The inclusiveness of the global diaspora and nationhood is crucial to the growth of a nation.

  • Keynote Presentation

Truth and Reconciliation in Education: Moving Forward Together

  • Global citizens have been left out of the conversation of the Indigenous narrative. Truth and Reconciliation is a vehicle that can bring us together. This conversation is important for educators who are on the front line in cultivating the relationship between the next generation of Indigenous & non-Indigenous peoples. Core to this is inclusion and asking the question: How can we strengthen the educational framework for Indigenous learners?

    As a survivor of the education system, Eddy provides personal accounts of his Indigenous experience growing up in city schools. With a Master’s in Education, he is keenly aware of how the educational system works. Eddy empowers educators, leaders and administrators to be introspective within their educational practice in order to identify how colonialism is perpetuated. Audiences will be equipped to create space for the Indigenous conversation physically, mentally, emotionally and digitally.

    Key Takeaways:
    • How to incorporate Indigenous insights into strategy and change.
    • The ‘5-L’ framework for creating space for Indigenous conversation.
    • A structure for educators to approach Indigenous knowledge.

  • Keynote Presentation

Urban Indigenous Ways of Knowing

  • Eddy approaches the topic of Indigenous Ways of Knowing through an urban lens grounded in the Indigenous methodology of locating one self. He also looks at how we can engage Indigenous ways of knowing through modern technology. When Anishinaabe (Ojibway) people locate themselves in the Anishinaabe language they are essentially locating their spirit to the universe and creation. When in the city and we locate ourselves as Indigenous people with Indigenous methodologies we are re-Indigenizing urban spaces. Eddy creates access points for the audience to engage in the conversation.

  • Keynote Presentation

Rewriting Your Story

  • In this presentation, Eddy shares his personal narrative. He discusses the struggles he faced with his First Nations (Indigenous) identity and the allies who created safe spaces for him throughout his life. Growing up facing struggles of poverty and marginalization, Eddy ended up being on the front line at shelters within the city before making the decision to rewrite his story. He overcame a learning barrier, took on a self-education through books, before eventually obtaining his masters in education and finding himself on the frontline of the academic realm.

  • Keynote Presentation

Indigenous Cultural Awareness

  • This workshop will discuss Indigenous methodologies and how it translates to life today for students, professionals and individuals. This workshop will allow participants to safely ask the question of how we can as a society engage Indigenous Ways of Knowing (culture) within professional and educational environments? There will also be ample opportunity to discuss the current Indigenous presence within society and the distinct differences between; identity (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), culture, language, location and populations.

  • Keynote Presentation

Eddy Robinson’s talks fit perfectly with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call for all of to learn more about First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. Eddy’s an Anishinaabe brother, who I greatly respect. His talks focus on fostering relationship building between the organizations, institutions and agencies with thoughtfulness and cultural safety. He shares the impacts of colonization, historic trauma and existing issues of oppression within the First Nations’ communities in a way that is approachable and accessible. Through stories and song, Eddy works towards a day when the power of knowledge, inclusiveness and sharing of First Nations cultures helps our nation and all its’ people to be connected and stronger.

Wab Kinew

The depth of knowledge and respect eddy Robinson brings to the mainstream through cultural presentations is invaluable.

Ryan McMahon

Comedian

Ojibway/Metis

He is able to address issues of race and discrimination in a way that is non-threatening and allows for deep discussions and commitment from schools to address injustices to the Aboriginal people.

Superintendent

Toronto District School Board

Eddy is an energetic speaker. He is passionate about bridging the gap between Indigenous and Non Indigenous people. He possesses the rare ability to stimulate audience participation in a nonthreatening environment. As a facilitator and relationship builder, he can navigate through complex discussions with positive and successful outcomes, even when the topics evoke passionate responses from his audience. Eddy speaks from the heart and draws from his knowledge and real life experiences. He shares his knowledge through stories, song and visual symbolism.

Regional Sales Manager

Aboriginal Banking, Prairies & Territories TD Commercial Banking

Everything went great at the conference. Eddy’s keynote was fantastic and he was a pleasure to work with. We really appreciate all of your help with making Eddy’s keynote at our event a success.

Tapestry Conference

Coordinator

Greater Victoria School District

Eddy Robinson is a powerful and provocative speaker. His winning combination of historical and cultural knowledge, along with a leader’s vision of the future can help all Canadians gain new insights and ideas on how to reconcile and build together.

TRUTHPLANE Inc.

IN THE MEDIA

PODCASTS

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MEDIA INTERVIEWS

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Eddy Robinson CAN DELIVER CUSTOMIZED PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF EXPERTISE & TOPIC THEMES

Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity

Speaker Types

  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Education & Teachers
  • Indigenous
  • Inspirational
  • Racial Justice
  • Social Justice & Human Rights
  • TED & TEDx
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