Welcome to Rooted: Beausoleil Island, an audio history experience exploring the history of Beausoleil Island! This project is aimed at creating new ways to engage with history using oral history interviews and soundscapes to transport you to beautiful Georgian Bay. Created by Know History, Rooted brings together experts, knowledge holders, and community organizations who all share a love for Beausoleil Island.
Host, Producer, Sound Designer
Historical Researcher, Know History
Lis is currently an MA in Public History candidate in Graduate Studies in History - Western University. She is particularly interested in the conservation and accessibility of Indigenous histories and traditional knowledge. An avid explorer, you can find Lis either out in nature searching for reptiles and cool critters or with her nose in an identification guide looking to learn something new.
Director of Eastern Operations, Know History
Emily directs Know History’s operations. She is trained in facilitation and has led many of Know History’s Traditional Knowledge and Land Use studies. In her current role, she develops and implements Know History’s operational procedures and guidelines, provides training to staff, and supports Know History’s outreach and business development.
Indigenous Outreach Officer, Georgian Bay Islands National Park
Shawn Corbiere is Ojibwe from M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Shawn is the Indigenous Outreach Officer for Georgian Bay Islands National Park, where he sits on the Cultural Advisory Circle and facilitates connections between Parks Canada and local Indigenous communities and organizations.
President, Georgian Bay Métis Council and Captain of the Hunt, MNO Region 7
My name is Greg Garratt. Born and raised in the Penetanguishene and Georgian Bay area as well. I come from a long line of family going back to Drummond island descendants of Dusome-Clermont and Beausoliel lines of the late 1700's. I joined the Navy as a Marine engineer from 1981-1989 then moved back home and married Heather (nee Gidley), a local girl. Heather is also a Drummond island descendant from the Laramee- Clouthier and Labatte lines.
We both discovered and applied for our Metis cards at the same time. Since 1999 we have been getting increasingly involved in our Metis community. We sit together on the current Georgian Bay Metis Council and have had great opportunity and privilege to serve our community.
I am currently the President of the council, home to the largest Metis population in Ontario of over 4000 citizens. Our region represents approximately 25% or more of the Ontario population.
I also hold the role of Region 7 Captain of the Hunt. The position oversees harvesting in the region and education and engagement of the registered harvesters of the MNO. This stands at approximately 50% of all the harvesters in Ontario in the 6 regions where historical harvesting rights have to date been proven and recognized by the government and supreme court.
The community unity has never been stronger and that is a direct result of the community we live in and the culture of Metis looking after their own.
Archeologist, former curator of Huronia Museum
Jamie Hunter has been interested in the archaeology and history of the region known as Huronia/ Georgian Bay for nearly 60 years. He obtained a BSc in archaeology from Trent University and a Masters of Museum Studies and Archaeology from the University of Toronto.He has participated on over 100 archaeological projects in the area and was Curator of Research at Sainte Marie among the Hurons for 4 years and Director/Curator of Huronia Museum and the Huron/Wendat Village for 30 years. After retirement in 2013 Jamie has continued to write,research and publish on Huronia's past in its many forms from underwater shipwrecks to land projects on a variety of topics.He is presently working on two major projects which if they come to fruition should add significantly to the history of Huronia in terms of collections and curation of this areas fascinating human history.
Elder, Beausoleil First Nation
Waywaynaboozhoo Giizhgondokwe ndizhnicaz Waubshishe dodem niindawaymognidok
I just introduced myself in my traditional language, Ojibway. I am a member from Beausoleil First Nation and have resided here most of my life except for the time I was taken away. I am a product of the 60s Scoop.
I am also in the 2nd Degree in my Midewiwin Learning. Midewiwin translates to People with Kind Heart.
My father is Joseph Sylvester, who co-founded the first holistic health provider in Toronto based on Indigenous health and healing called Anishnawbe Health of Toronto. His vision was to provide healing to the Indigenous population in Toronto. My Mother Emily King designed the pin for the National Diabetes Association. I humbly walk in the footprints of my parents and I carry their teachings apart of my bundle.
I have been alcohol and substance-free for 30+ years and have picked up my Bundle and held ahsemma (tobacco) in my hand when I was 15 yrs and have walked the Red Road for 40 years. Everything that I am is been gifted to me ..I do not know any original teaching…I ask spirit to guide me in all ways and then I listen. My job is to share what I’ve taught and to humbly keep the door open for others that are coming behind me. Miigwech.
Vice President, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka
Prior to joining the Y's Leadership Team, Brian was the director of YMCA Camp Kitchikewana, and before that was the director of YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (both located on Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay Islands National Park). Brian studied History and English Literature at Queen's University and currently lives with his awesome little family in Barrie, Ontario. Brian enjoys giving back, and over the years has sat on various committees and boards of directors for local organizations making a difference in their community.