Sonia Hill is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) non-binary femme from Six Nations of the Grand River territory, born and raised in Hamilton Ontario. They are a community organizer primarily working within the urban Indigenous community of Hamilton, a poet, and a student. Sonia is currently completing a master’s degree in sociology at McMaster University. They hold an honours BA in Sociology and Indigenous Studies. Sonia is the Hamilton regional coordinator for the Indigenous Sustenance Reclamation Network, a youth-adult grassroots organization offering sustenance skills and sustenance justice programming to Indigenous people in Ontario. They are a research assistant with the National Centre for Communication on Indigenous Education, co-coordinator for the McMaster Indigenous Graduate Student group, and chair of the CUPE 3906 Indigenous Solidarity Working Group.
WORKSHOP TITLE : Hunting Groundwater: Engaging Haudenosaunee Water Knowledge as Community Care
DESCRIPTION : Haudenosaunee water knowledge is documented through story, remembered and developed through practice of processes passed down through generations. Haudenosaunee relations with water have been written into our ways of being, present in symbols passed on even in relations with early European settlers, such as the Dutch, through the Kaswentha. Water has been a visioning point for Haudenosaunee theorizing on relationships since time immemorial. What can this mean for restoring our rightful relationships with place, that continue to be unsettled by colonialism? How is community wellness connected to water? Hunting Groundwater will start with a brief presentation and branch out into a group conversation that will ask each participant to reflect on the places they touch, walk on, and are nurtured from.