By Carly Maga Theatre Critic Tues., April 9, 2019 “We acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.” That statement, adapted from the official land acknowledgement from the City of Toronto (updated as of February), should sound familiar if you’ve attended virtually any kind of public arts event in the last few years. But now, dissenting voices have started picking them apart. They can sound detached, shallow, and give a false sense of progressive accomplishment when delivered by settler, often white, organizations and artists. Anishinaabe writer, educator, and Indigenous policy adviser Hayden King is one of the most vocal critics of land acknowledgments as they’re currently being practiced. In his talk “Welcome to My Territory, Please Leave: … [Read more...] about How can theatre companies get Indigenous land acknowledgments right?
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By Nadine Yousif Star Edmonton Sun., Feb. 10, 2019 EDMONTON—Those passing by the DC3 Gallery in central Edmonton may have already come face-to-face with Lauren Crazybull’s work. Her talents are proudly displayed in one large mural on the outside walls of the gallery — two portraits adorned with growing branches and pink, yellow and purple flowers. Its colours are bold and vibrant, much like the faces painted within it. “All my portraits are of Indigenous people,” Crazybull said. “ … A part of that is to kind of show the diversity within indigeneity, because it’s not something you can just define in one sentence.” The 24-year-old Dene artist from Kainai Nation in southern Alberta has been painting for much of her life, but only transitioned to doing it full-time last year. Now, Crazybull has been selected from 100 applicants as Alberta’s first artist-in-residence, a position that will enable her to … [Read more...] about Alberta’s first artist-in-residence to reflect Indigenous history, culture in year-long project
By Anna Desmarais iPolitics Mon., Oct. 22, 2018 From far away, the map covering the lawn on Parliament Hill looks like modern-day Canada. When you get closer, though, you see that the traditional provincial borders have been stripped away, replaced by huge swaths of green, purple and yellow to represent Indigenous traditional lands. The only cities are those with significant Indigenous populations, such as Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. This is the map that accompanies the Indigenous People’s Atlas of Canada, a new resource created by Indigenous leaders that gives a first-hand account of their history to K-12 students. Along with the map comes a four-part atlas that describes at length the history of Canada’s three distinct families of Indigenous peoples: First Nations, Métis and Inuit groups. The massive project began in 2016, when John Geiger, the CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, met with Crown-Indigenous Relations … [Read more...] about New Indigenous map makes parliamentary debut
By Debra Yeo Toronto Star Wed., Aug. 8, 2018 This is the third instalment of On Location, a series about art that thrives in creative spaces. People picnic, play games or music, create art, nap or chat, and pursue any number of other activities there, all drawing on their own life experiences. The prime people-watching to be had in the Toronto park — its status as a gathering point — and the diversity of businesses and homes in the surrounding neighbourhood are what inspired Natalie Feheregyhazi to use it as a setting for Overhear Toronto, which is part of this year’s SummerWorks Performance Festival. “When I walk through the city I see art and drama everywhere,” says Feheregyhazi. “A couple having an argument or kissing and cuddling on a bench; there’s a whole story there, one I don’t know, but it’s fascinating. I love being able to bring people into that for a moment.” The spectators at Overhear … [Read more...] about At Overhear Toronto, an iPhone app lets spectators listen in on other people’s thoughts
VALENTINE’S DAY doesn’t have to mean just a romantic dinner with your special one. Travelling during the month of love is an even more exciting idea. Even if you’re on your own, it’s fun to take up the challenge and explore the unfamiliar. And weekend trips with your beloved or the family can be highly rewarding. Kanokkorn Premwichein, 27, a professional geologist, is one singleton who’s overcome her discomfort about travelling solo. She was at university in Moscow when she decided to take a journey aboard the famous Trans-Siberian Express, the world’s longest railway. A photo of a dragon blood tree, with its unusual dome of foliage, inspired Kanokkorn Premwichein to visit Yemen’s Socotra Island, where they’re indigenous. Kanokkorn soon learned to get chummy with the locals and ask for help finding accommodations. She raves about the wonderful places she saw along the route, but the generosity bestowed on her was far more … [Read more...] about Romance of the road