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June 2015

 

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Closing Events

Sunday May 31st - Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

Various events to be held in the city of Ottawa 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's final events and closing ceremonies.  

 

The Metis Fiddler with Nicholas Delbaere-Sawchuk

Friday June 5th, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3

From the website, "Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month with an interactive Metis fiddler performance with Nicholas Delbaere-Sawchuk. Drop in, no registration. Groups, call 416-393-7692 to inquire about space."

 

Singing and Dancing First Nations Culture

Satuday June 6th, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto, ON M8X 2B5

From the website, "Singing and dancing is a very important part of First Nations culture which celebrates the connection with Mother Earth. While a form of merriment, it is also a form of prayer, to give thanks to ancestors and the Creator. Join us in celebrating Canadian Aboriginal culture with a discussion and performance of song, dance and drum. Drop-in. For all ages."

 

Film Screening: Martha of the North

Sunday June 7th, 2015 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Museum of Inuit Art: 207 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 1A7

From the website, "In the mid-1950s, lured by false promises of a better life, Inuit families were displaced by the Canadian government and left to their own devices in the Far North. In this icy desert realm, Martha Flaherty and her family lived through one of Canadian history’s most sombre and little-known episodes."

 

Exploring Inuit Culture

Tuesday June 9th, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

1565 Lawrence Avenue West, Toronto, ON M6L 1A8

From the website, "The Museum of Inuit Art presents a fun, hand-on program that explores both traditional and modern Inuit culture. Participants will also make their own iggaaks (snow goggles) to take home!"

 

Red Bear Programming

Tuesday June 9th, 2015 from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto, ON M2J 4S4
 
From the website, "Red Bear storyteller Jim Adams will share stories from various First Nations. Be prepared to laugh and learn as stories from the Ojibwe and Cree culture illustrate the richness and diversity of First Nations cultures in Canada. Please register at the information desk or call 416-395-5750."
 
 

Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott

Wednesday June 10th, 2015 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 
1101 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1M7
 
From the website, "In this talk, Montreal poet and non-fiction writer Mark Abley explores the paradox of Duncan Campbell Scott and explains his relevance for Canadians today. Scott was one of the major Canadian poets of the early 20th century, a man whose literary reputation was built partly on his poems about Aboriginal people. Yet he was also Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs, an architect of the residential school system, and a fervent believer in assimilation. Abley's widely acclaimed 2013 book "Conversations with a Dead Man" is an interrogation of Scott's ghost -- a work of creative non-fiction that asks why Scott behaved as he did, and questions how we can escape his legacy."
 
 

Stories from an Ojibway Storyteller

Wednesday June 10th, 2015 from 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

1675 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4C 5P2
 
From the website, "Aaron Bell, Ojibway Storyteller, shares the magic of spoken word, drama, and humour. Using the gift of imagination, enjoy stories from the First Nations people of Southern Ontario. Groups or classes, please RSVP, 416-393-7783."
 
 

Webinar: First Nation Community Based Literacy Tutoring: Viewing Success from a Community Perspective

Wednesday June 10th, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Website: http://indspire.adobeconnect.com/firstnationcommunitybasedliteracytutoring/

From the website, "The K-12 Indspire Institute invites you to participate in its upcoming free webinar, First Nation Community Based Literacy Tutoring: Viewing Success from a Community Perspective, on June 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. ET with Deborah Berrill, Katie Wakely and Aricka Fleguel. This webinar will describe a community based literacy tutoring program and present information regarding the impact of the program on literacy achievement. Findings from a program evaluation completed in 2013 show increased student wellbeing through children’s pride in their heritage, a strong feeling of self-worth, and increased strength and courage that they need to successfully navigate their journey through education.

In the webinar, you will learn:

  • The value of integrating a community based literacy tutoring program in a First Nation School.
  • The impacts of literacy tutoring on student achievement and wellbeing.
  • Please note this webinar will be offered in English and is available through Adobe Connect."

 

Traditional Story Telling

Friday June 12th, 2015 from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

184 Sloane Avenue, Toronto, ON M4A 2C4

From the website, "Enjoy the classic art form of oral storytelling with traditional native stories for children."

 

Puppet Show: Council of the Animals

Saturday June 13th, 2015 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

1625 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON M6H 3L9

Toronto Public Library will be hosting an upcoming drop-in event for children.  From the website, "Travel back to the dawn of human memory, when all the animals lived in harmony with each other. Then, one sunny day, a bear cub discovered a little bundle of joy: the first man! He was raised and educated by our elders, the animals, learning much from them, but also becoming dependent on them. And so the animals formed a council to determine what to do about mankind. Find out how a faithful dog saves the day in this funny and touching puppet show about friendship and unconditional love."

 

Puppet Show: Council of the Animals

Saturday June 13th, 2015 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

48 Thorncliffe Park Drive, Toronto, ON M4H 1J7

Toronto Public Library will be hosting an upcoming drop-in event for children.  From the website, "Travel back to the dawn of human memory, when all the animals lived in harmony with each other. Then, one sunny day, a bear cub discovered a little bundle of joy: the first man! He was raised and educated by our elders, the animals, learning much from them, but also becoming dependent on them. And so the animals formed a council to determine what to do about mankind. Find out how a faithful dog saves the day in this funny and touching puppet show about friendship and unconditional love."

 

Film Screening: Coppermine

Sunday June 14th, 2015 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Museum of Inuit Art: 207 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 1A7

From the website, "This feature documentary introduces us to the Copper Inuit of the Coronation Gulf region of Canada's Northwest Territories, one of the last aboriginal groups to be contacted by people from outside. When Doctor R.D. Martin arrived in Coppermine in 1929, he had to deal with one of the consequences of that contact: a full-blown tuberculosis epidemic."

 

Exploring Inuit Culture

Monday June 15, 2015 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

4279 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, ON M1E 2S8

From the website, "The Museum of Inuit Art presents a fun, hands-on program that explores both traditional and modern Inuit culture. Participants will also make their own iggaaks (snow goggles) to take home!"

 

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto's Education Days

Monday June 15th - Tuesday June 16th, 2015

Metro Toronto Convention Centre 

From the website, "Since 1962 the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto has been a key meeting place for all people, of all nations, from across Canada and all over the world. As Toronto’s oldest Indigenous community organization, the NCCT provides social, recreational, cultural and spiritual services for the Indigenous community and visitors alike.

The NCCT is creating Education Days in response to the numerous requests from educators to provide an opportunity for Students to learn more about Aborginal peoples. The content of the day is based on the Ontario Curriculum and will be highly interactive."

 

Native Storytelling with Sacred Hoop

Tuesday June 16th, 2015 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am

228 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON M6R 2L7

From the website, "Enjoy the classic art form of oral storytelling with traditional native stories for children told be Sacred Hoop Productions. Please note: this program is currently full. For questions, phone the branch and ask to speak with Jessica."

 

Spotlight on Films from Turtle Island: The People of Kattawapiskak River

Tuesday June 16th, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3

Toronto Public Library will be hosting an upcoming drop-in event for teens and adults.  This event will be a showing of an Indigenous film.  From the website, "The People of Kattawapiskak River directed by Alanis Obomsawin (2012, 50 min.) Indigenous life through the indigenous lens. National Film Board of Canada presents films by First Nations filmmakers and writers.  It is October 2011, and 1700 Kattawapiskak Cree are living in dreadful conditions at -40C in Northern Ontario. Crude stoves, no sewage,heat or insulation. This documentary examines the history and causes of this housing crisis. Included are person accounts by the people of Kattawapiskak River and political debates in the House of Commons."

 

Spotlight on Films from Turtle Island: Trick or Treaty

Wednesday June 17th, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

1515 Albion Road, Toronto, ON M9V 1B2

From the website, "Trick or Treaty? (PG, 2014, 85 min.) A special Q&A follows with acclaimed film maker and director, Alanis Obomsawin. Indigenous life through the indigenous lens. National Film Board of Canada presents films by First Nations filmmakers and writers. This documentary follows the journey of Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, they want to raise people's awareness about the issues that concern them: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their society can prosper. In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing, such as the Idle No More movement. Indigenous youth are mobilizing in increasing numbers to put an end to inertia. This film gives those who refuse to surrender a chance to speak out."

 

Stories and Poems from Nunavik

Thursday June 18th, 2015 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

From the website, "Inuit poet, storyteller and throat singer Taqralik Partridge brings to life poems and tales from Canada?s north in her distinctive and unique style.Taqralik Partridge is a writer, performance poet and Inuit throat singer originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. Her performance work has been featured on CBC radio one and her writing has been reproduced in Swedish and French language translations. She has toured with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano and with Les productions Troublemakers under the direction of Cinematheque Quebecoise composer Gabriel Thibaudeau. Influenced from dub poetry to contemporary Canadian novelists, Taqralik's writing is focussed on stories about the north and Inuit people."

 

Spoken Word Poetry with Taqralik Partridge

Thursday June 18th, 2015 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2161 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M4L 1J1

From the website, "Taqralik will perform spoken word poetry and share a short film featuring one of her stories. The audience will be invited to participate in an interactive poetry activity. Taqralik Partridge is a writer, performance poet and Inuit throat singer originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. Her performance work has been featured on CBC radio one and her writing has been reproduced in Swedish and French language translations. She has toured with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano and with Les productions Troublemakers under the direction of Cinematheque Quebecoise composer Gabriel Thibaudeau. Influenced from dub poetry to contemporary Canadian novelists, Taqralik's writing is focussed on stories about the north and Inuit people."

 

Spotlight on Films from Turtle Island: Crazywater

Thursday June 18th, 2015 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2380 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON M1K 2P3

From the website, "Crazy Water directed by Dennis Allen (2013, 56 min) Indigenous life through the indigenous lens. National Film Board presents films by First Nations filmmakers and writers. This feature documentary, directed by Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen, is an emotional, honest, and revealing exploration of substance abuse among First Nations people in Canada. We meet Alex, Stephen, Paula and Desirae, who courageously share their experiences. Alex's struggles with alcoholism were an attempt to forget the abuse he suffered at a residential school. Stephen was trying to bury a childhood trauma. For Paula and Desirae, two mothers with a history of addiction, family becomes the key to breaking the cycle of abuse. Like his subjects, the director himself is a recovering alcoholic. Ultimately, all the survivors in this film maintain a deep and devoted commitment to their traditional Aboriginal cultures as a means to achieving long-term sobriety."

 

Toronto Zoo's National Aboriginal Day Celebration

Sunday June 21st, 2015 from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7

From the website, "In celebration of National Aboriginal Day on Sunday, 2015-06-21, Toronto Zoo visitors will receive FREE admission with presentation of Aboriginal status card, Métis card, or a First Nations Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) Client Identification Number Card. Turtle Island Conservation will be hosting a table from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Toronto Zoo’s First Nations Art Garden (by Americas Pavilion) where visitors can learn about the traditional plants in the Art Garden and the work they do in partnership with First Nations communities to protect species at risk. There will also be live turtle presentations at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00pm. All are welcome!"

 

Film Screening: Between Two Worlds

Sunday June 21st, 2015 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Museum of Inuit Art: 207 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 1A7

From the website, "This feature film is a documentary portrait of Joseph Idlout, a man who was once the world's most famous Inuit. Unknown to most Canadians today, Idlout was the subject of many films and books, and one the Inuit hunters pictured for many years on the back of Canada's $2 bill. In this film Idlout's son, Peter Paniloo, takes us on a journey through his father's life - that of a man caught "between two worlds.""

 

Toronto Public Library National Aboriginal Day

Sunday June 21st, 2015

789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8

From the website, "Toronto Public Library is pleased to host a variety of events celebrating First Nations culture, bringing awareness to the No More Silence movement. One ticket admits you to all three programs in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon on Sunday, June 21, National Aboriginal Day."
 

The Three Programs Will Be As Follows:

We Keep the Stories  - 2:00 pm (doors will open at 1:30 pm)
The Eh List Presents, Lee Maracle and Marilyn Dumont - 3:00 pm (doors will open at 2:50 pm)
No More Silence - 4:00 pm (doors open at 3:50 pm)

 

Spotlight on Films from Turtle Island: People of the Ice

Tuesday June 23rd, 2015 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3

Toronto Public Library will be hosting an upcoming drop-in event for teens and adults.  This event will be a showing of an Indigenous film. From the website, "People of the Ice by Carlos Ferrand & Jean Lemire (2003, 52 min). Indigenous life through the indigenous lens. National Film Board of Canada presents films by First Nations filmmakers and writers. For over 4,000 years the Inuit have lived in harmony with their Arctic environment. In this frozen landscape, survival depends on a deep understanding of nature. Today, global warming threatens their habitat. As the ice disappears, so does Inuit culture. Will this extraordinarily resilient people be able to adjust to such dramatic change? People of the Ice looks at climate change through the eyes of Inuit from several generations."

 

Spotlight on Films from Turtle Island: People of the Ice

Wednesday June 24th, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3

Toronto Public Library will be hosting an upcoming drop-in event for teens and adults.  This event will be a showing of an Indigenous film. From the website, "People of the Ice by Carlos Ferrand & Jean Lemire (2003, 52 min). Indigenous life through the indigenous lens. National Film Board of Canada presents films by First Nations filmmakers and writers. For over 4,000 years the Inuit have lived in harmony with their Arctic environment. In this frozen landscape, survival depends on a deep understanding of nature. Today, global warming threatens their habitat. As the ice disappears, so does Inuit culture. Will this extraordinarily resilient people be able to adjust to such dramatic change? People of the Ice looks at climate change through the eyes of Inuit from several generations."

 

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto - Aboriginal History Month Celebration

Wednesday June 24th, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From the website, "Join us for our 6th Annual Aboriginal History Month Celebration at Yonge & Dundas Square on Wednesday June 24th, 2015! This year, we have an exciting line-up of entertainers including Digging Roots headlining! As well as, all day Kid’s Arts & Crafts Tent and authentic craft vendors exhibiting and selling their wares. Check back as full lineup to be added soon!"

 

Film Screening: My Village in Nunavik

Sunday June 28th, 2015 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Museum of Inuit Art: 207 Queen's Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 1A7

From the website, "Shot during 3 seasons, this documentary tenderly portrays village life in Puvirnituq on the shores of Hudson Bay in northern Quebec, as well as the elements that forge the character of its people: their history, the great open spaces and their unflagging humour."

 

Spotlight on Films from Turtle Island: Vanishing Point

Tuesday June 30th, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm and again from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

145 Annette Street, Toronto, ON M6P 1P3

Toronto Public Library will be hosting an upcoming drop-in event for teens and adults.  This event will be a showing of an Indigenous film. From the website, "Vanishing Point by Stephen A. Smith & Julia Szucs (2012, 82 min) Indigenous life through the indigenous lens. National Film Board of Canada presents films by First Nations filmmakers and writers. A dog team pulls an Inughuit family across the vast sea ice of Greenland. But with the terrain melting beneath them, the dogs break through the surface, plunging into frigid polar waters. Navarana, an elder and one of the passengers on this sled, is coming to terms with the unprecedented changes facing all Arctic peoples. In the 1860s, Navarana?s visionary ancestor?a shaman from Baffin Island, Canada, named Qitdlarssuaq?embarked on a legendary and epic journey, leading an Inuit migration to Greenland. It was this shaman?s quest that introduced vital bloodlines and technology to Navarana?s beleaguered forbearers. Over 150 years later, Navarana travels to her ancestor?s homeland to connect with her distant Canadian cousins. Navarana accompanies families from both regions on their annual hunting journeys. She witnesses how these two genetically-linked groups of Inuit have adapted differently to outside influences and to the inescapable changes that affect their hunting traditions. Through her experiences, she hopes to find the key to making the right choices for her people?s survival. Navarana draws inspiration and hope from the ties that still bind these two communities, as well as from the legacy of her intrepid ancestor, at a time when circumpolar peoples are facing the greatest social and environmental challenges in their history."

 
 
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