Brenda Collins, five times great-granddaughter of Chief Jean Baptist Assiginack, the keeper and great orator of the 1764 covenant chain wampum belt, is an Indigenous artist living in London, Ontario. Brenda was born in Blind River. Her mother is a band member of the Sheshegwaning First Nation located on Manitoulin Island. Brenda identifies as Métis but also shares the knowledge of her mother’s heritage.
Brenda has travelled throughout Southwestern Ontario guiding others in the creation of various mosaics but in particular The Medicine Wheel/Healing Circle mosaic. The latest Medicine Wheel mosaic is the 100th one on the exterior walls of the London Tourism Centre on Wellington Road. Others are located at Sheshegwaning First Nation Reserve, the Atlohsa Family Healing Services in London, London Public Library, Hassan Law Office, Oakville Community Centre, and countless schools.
Brenda enjoys sharing her knowledge, and her Anishinaabe heritage, of the Seven Grandfather Teachings especially when employing the arts. These workshops have frequently taken place at Museum London as well as within multiple secondary and elementary schools where entire school populations have participated. Brenda also spreads the Indigenous word through wampum belt workshops and Land Acknowledgements.
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