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King Lear

Canada's National Arts Centre English Theatre Production

From the NAC website:  "Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, set in 17th Century Canada, amidst the pressure of early contact and confrontation, with a cast of Aboriginal actors from across the country, including the renowned August Schellenberg as Lear.  In this powerful family conflict, an aging father—dividing his kingdom—demands proof of love from his daughters, thereby unleashing a tempestuous tragedy that even a king can’t control. A play as big as Canada, resonating with our own history. "

When:  May 8 - 26, 2012

Where:  National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON

Read the Globe and Mail article about this production and its exciting mission to interpret Shakespeare's tragedy through an Aboriginal lens.


imagineNATIVE and NAISA co-present Indigenous Youth Radio Art Installation at Artscape Wychwood Barns

Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street, Studio 252
May 5 - 25, 2012
Fridays 12pm - 3pm, Saturdays 10am - 2pm
Extended hours May 25 - 27 for festivals' Trans X Symposium

From the website: imagineNATIVE and New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) are excited to co-present a new installation of radio artworks created by four Aboriginal youth, part of a new collaboration between both organizations. Selected participants Cheyenne Scott (Coast Salish), Judith Schuyler (Oneida), Michele Lonechild (Ojibway/Plains Cree) and Leslie McCue (Ojibway) were challenged over six workshops to create short radio art pieces responding to the concept of "freedom", the theme of this year's Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art, presented by NAISA. Works will also be programmed at imagineNATIVE 2012. 

The NAISA/imagineNATIVE youth radio art installation will be presented FREE during the month long Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art. Come check out the great community space of Wychwood Barns, which has a farmer's market each Saturday, 8am - 12pm weekly.


Native Canadian Centre of Toronto - Full Moon Ceremony

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

16 Spadina Road

May 7, 2012 - 6:00-8:00pm

From the website:  This Ceremony was performed by Anishinaabe Women/Grandmothers and is a women’s ceremony. This knowledge has been passed down through generations and acknowledges our role as women and the responsibility we have with the water. This ceremony is open to all women of nations and cultures.


Looking Back: Thunders, Sun, Moon, and Planting

May 18, 2012 - 12:00-3:00pm

From the flyer (linked here): "Traditional Gardening the way it was, the way it is, and the way it could be.  A series of workshops based on the Longhouse Ceremonial Calendar and the lessons learned from Traditional Ways."


Native Women's Resource Centre Feast

May 22, 2012 - 6:00pm-8:00pm

Native Women's Centre of Toronto

191 Gerrard Street East

The Native Women’s Resource Centre is hosting a Feast to feast sacred items you may have.  This is an open event to women and their families in the community.  It is a potluck, so if you have a favorite or specialty dish  please feel free to bring it. Not only is this a chance for many to feast items that need to be feasted, maybe learn some new teachings and socialize.


Indigenizing Psychology Symposium

May 31, 2012 - 9:00am-5:00pm

Native Canadian Centre

From the flyer (linked here):  "This one-day symposium will cover a wide range of issues related to Indigenous mental health and healing in the community.  It is designed for students, practitioners and researchers of all disciplines who are interested in enhancing their understanding of community mental health practice, as well as knowledge and skills around Indigenous mental health"


The Meeting Place - Truth and Reconciliation

May 31-June 2, 2012

The Sheraton Centre Hotel

123 Queen Street West

An intergenerational regional gathering to promote respect, education and engagement on the Indian Residential School System.

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