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Indigenous Art, Culture and Resistance: An Evening with Christi Belcourt

October 23, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
TRSM 1-067 Ted Rogers, 55 Dundas Street West
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Event Description

What is the relationship between the land, education and resistance? What are our roles in the struggle for the environment, decolonization and liberation? Why do human beings need to imagine alternative worlds and broaden political possibilities? Join renowned Michif artist Christi Belcourt, co-founder of the Onaman Collective (a grassroots, land-based art initiative sharing traditional knowledge and language with youth) as she addresses these important questions. In a moderated discussion with Hayden King, Christi will explore the need for people to organize for the earth and waters, the importance of resurgence and preservation of  traditional knowledge, and ways to organize outside the systems of government and institutions.

For more information on the external,Onaman Collective.


Speaker Bios

Christi Belcourt is a Michif (Métis) visual artist with a deep respect for Mother Earth, the traditions and the knowledge of her people.  In addition to her paintings she is also known as a community based artist, environmentalist and advocate for the lands, waters and Indigenous peoples. She is currently a lead organizer for the Onaman Collective which focuses on resurgence of language and land based practices. She is also the lead coordinator for Walking With Our Sisters, a community-driven project that honours murdered or missing Indigenous women. Her work Giniigaaniimenaaning (Looking Ahead) commemorates residential school survivors, their families and communities to mark the Prime Minister’s historic Apology in 2008 and is installed at Centre Block on Parliament Hill commissioned by the Government of Canada.  She was named the Aboriginal Arts Laureate by the Ontario Arts Council in 2015. In 2016 she won a Governor General’s Innovation Award and was named the winner of the 2016 Premier’s Awards in the Arts.  Author of Medicines To Help Us (Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2007) and Beadwork (Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2010). Christi’s work is found within the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gabriel Dumont Institute, the Indian and Inuit Art Collection, Parliament Hill, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Canadian Museum of Civilization, First People’s Hall.

Hayden King is Anishinaabe from Beausoleil First Nation on Gchi’mnissing in Huronia, Ontario. Hayden has been teaching Indigenous politics and policy since 2007 and is currently in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson working on Indigenous Governance and Education. He is also an Adjunct Professor (research) at Carleton University, and Senior Fellow at Massey College. Hayden's analysis and commentary on Indigenous nationhood and settler colonialism in Canada is published widely. He has also served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Aboriginal Affairs, Director of Research at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and Scholar-in-Residence at the Conference Board of Canada. He is the co-founder of the language-arts collective, The Ogimaa Mikana Project.

Amy Desjarlais (Opening Honor Song) is Ojibway/Potowotomi from Wasauksing First Nation. A community organizer, and Traditional Knowledge Keeper, Amy currently works at Ryerson University in the School of Social Work as the  First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) Program Coordinator, and at York University as Indigenous Knowledge Keeper.