"Knock at the door of knowledge, keep knocking until the truth is heard"






 February 13, 2015.  Invited by the Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to be part of creating a human Canadian Flag as part of the celebration of our national flag's 50th birthday. It took place at Old Maple Leaf Gardens on College Street in Toronto. We were all required to wear red tops and darks pants.  A good time was had by all.

Shannon & Kate


Final Photo - 1500 strong creating the Canadian Flag

Kate and Peter


September 28-29, 2014.  Banned at a University, welcomed with open arms to be part of the closing ceremonies for the prestigious International Astronautical Congress which drew 3,000 stars of the space industry. Among those converging here for the four-day conference were researchers, scientists and engineers and the heads of 30 space agencies, 90 per cent of them from outside Canada. It marked the first time in 10 years Canada hosted the event. We also had the thrill of meeting Superstar Hero Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hatfield.  It was a great way to finish a month of dealing with small minds, inflexibility and racism as regards the U of Waterloo Powwow (See below). We were honoured to be with big minds, great thinkers and visionaries.  What an interesting life I lead!



September 27, 2014. Protest at the University of Waterloo for rescinding an invitation to the  Moonstone Women's Big Drum Group to sit in the arbour at their annual powwow. We were threatened with physical harm (leg breaking) by the Chippewa Valley and Cedar River Men's big drums groups if we came to the powwow with Moonstone. It was a very stressful three weeks. Facebook was humming.  It ultimately ended with the University allowing the abusive men's drums to remain in the powwow, while banning the innocent women's drums.  It in, effect, sanctioned violence against Aboriginal women, and violated their own gender equity policies.  A protest was necessary. 

Elder Kate Dickson

Elder Thunderbird, with great friend & supported, Metis Drummaker, John Somosi.

Kate & John
Shannon & Colleague


September 19, 2014. I was invited to attend reception for the Countess of Wessex, hosted by Her Honour Ruth Ann Onley, Premier Katherine Wynn, and the University of Nipissing.  It was a lovely day for a drive, the trees were just starting to turn. The Countess has taken an interest in Canada's First People, she was most elegant and gave a very straightforward speech.

  Shannon & Premier Kathryn Wynn



I was invited by former Lt. Governor, David Onley to speak at his Farewell Party as he retired as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. It took place at the Royal Ontario Museum, Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  It was a lovely and very special honour.


He is a very special man who served Ontario and Canada magnificently. I wish him nothing but fabulous in the next phase of his life journey. Travel well, your honour.


I had a few laughs with Premier Wynn. She is also something special because she laughed at my jokes!

I was invited by friend, Kevin Ormsby, Artistic Director of Kashedance to give a teaching at the April 29, 2014, International Day of Dance Celebration. It was hosted by Lt. Governor, David Onley.



Shannon giving a teaching Shannon, Kevin, Kashedance and the Lt. Governor


Thunderbird Women's Big Drum Group - Last Thursday of each month we gather together at Ancestral Voices Healing Centre on the Six Nations of the Grand Reserve, Ohswekan, ON