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Global Solidarity Series

The Global Solidarity Series is a new video series presented by Ryerson International that will explore the topic of global solidarity from diverse perspectives and sensibilities. Please join us as we welcome new hosts each year who will invite guests from across the world to explore the topic of Global Solidarity.  

2020-2021: Indigenous Perspectives From Turtle Island and Beyond

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Launched as part of Ryerson's Pow Wow Education Week, this year's focus for the Global Solidarity Series is Indigenous Perspectives From Turtle Island and Beyond. Ryerson International is thrilled to partner with the Musagetes Foundation, external link for the series. 

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Meet Our Hosts!

The Indigenous hosts of the series sit smiling next to each other on a boulder in the middle of a green field. In the background are tall grasses and blue sky with clouds.

A warm welcome to this year's hosts, Leslie McCue from Curve Lake First Nation (left) and Elwood Jimmy from Thunderchild Cree Nation (right). 

Leslie Kachena McCue is a proud member of the Mississaugas of Curve Lake First Nation, currently living and working in Ajax. Leslie is an artist who also works freelance for various organizations in performance, arts administration, facilitation, and project coordination. Her work is driven by her past, her passion to educate, and the motivation to empower others. 

Leslie is a three year Fellow for the International Society for the Performing Arts and is grateful to be a part of the Thread Residency with Musagetes Foundation. Leslie currently works independently with Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, Chocolate Woman Collective, Mola Dulad Media Collective, CHIPPEWAR, Young Peoples Theatre and the Royal Ontario Museum. www.odawawiingushk.com, external link

Elwood Jimmy is originally from Thunderchild First Nation, a Nehiyaw community situated in the north central region of what we now know as Canada. For over 20 years, he has played a leadership role in several projects, programs and organizations, locally and abroad. Since 2015, he has worked with the Musagetes Foundation, a philanthropic organization with a mandate to make the arts more meaningful in peoples lives. Through his role there, he has been able to work with Indigenous communities in his current home of southern Ontario, as well as in the global south and global far north. That relational work and exchange with his global peers provides a rich source of nourishment and guidance in his artistic, curatorial, writing and life practices.

Series Videos

Video 2: A Conversation with Rev. Houston R. Cypress

In the first video of the Global Solidarity Series, Leslie McCue and Elwood Jimmy talk with Rev. Houston R. Cypress from the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. Houston is a Two-Spirit Poet, Artist, Filmmaker and Environmentalist. In their conversation, Houston discusses the work and projects he leads through his non-profit, as well as his perspectives and experiences with Indigenous solidarity with other Nations. He talks about the importance of relationships with our non-human family and the land, youth engagement in Global Indigenous Solidarity, honouring diverse gender identities from an Indigenous perspective, and how Indigenous Global Solidarity can continue through the pandemic. 

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Rev. Houston R. Cypress, Otter Clan (He/They)

Rev. Houston R. Cypress is a Two-Spirit Poet, Artist, Filmmaker and Environmentalist from the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.  Pronouns:  He / They.  He resides on the Miccosukee Reservation in the River of Grass region of the Greater Everglades, an area called by his community:  KAHAYATLE, which can be translated as “Shimmering Waters.”

 Art, conflict management, multimedia communications, gender diversity and spirituality are some of the disciplines & priorities that he contributes through collaborations with local, regional, and international organizations.

He invites you to join him in creating portals between worlds.

 

Video 1: Meet Our Hosts! 

In this video, this year's hosts, Elwood Jimmy from Thunderchild Cree Nation and Leslie McCue from Curve Lake First Nation, introduce themselves and present the focus of this years series - Indigenous Perspectives from Turtle Island and Beyond.