Indigenous Art and Culture Awareness Week - September 19-25, 2022 - World News Report

Indigenous Art and Culture Awareness Week – September 19-25, 2022 – World News Report

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Local organizations in the heart of Georgian Bay came together to host the first Indigenous Art and Culture Awareness Week.

MIDDLAND, ON, CANADA, September 12, 2022 / — This week-long event will showcase the work of Indigenous authors in the fields of dance, food, literature, music, visual arts and crafts. The week will also offer educational and practical components. The event will kick off with a sunrise ceremony on Monday morning (7:00 a.m.) at Nijodai Park in Midland.

Developments will be represented in various locations throughout the district from organizations including:

Cultural alliance in the heart of Georgian Bay with Simcoe County:
September 24 (9:00-16:00) – Seminar on the basics of cultural competence.
This free seminar is an introductory framework for learning about Indigenous/Aboriginal issues in Canada today. The main goal is to provide participants with the tools they need to develop healthy and sustainable relationships with Indigenous/Aboriginal communities and their clients. This training (pre-registration required) will be led by Kelly Brownbill at Wye Marsh.

Midland Cultural Center (MCC):
September 20 & 22 (4:30-6:30 pm) – Acoustic Cafe with Sean Corbière – MCC Atrium
Sean was born out of his creativity and Indigenous heritage. A member of the M’Chigeeng First Nation community, Sean is the co-founder of the Juno-nominated band No Reservations. He brings indigenous knowledge to acoustic performances. Join Sean in his acoustic creations. The Acoustic Cafe will take place in the atrium of the MCC with coffee/tea and food from Indigenous vendor Joseph Stupa.

September 23, 20:00 – DIGGING THE ROOTS
JUNO award winning band Digging Roots will take you on a journey through tall grass, fresh water and unconditional love in a joyful and powerful celebration of the new Zhawenim album. The 7-piece band presents a blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll show featuring ShoShona Kish’s dynamic and compelling vocals.
and riffs from the rock god Raven Canatacta.

September 24, 4:00 pm — Artist Talk at MCC Indigenous Art Gallery with Clayton Samuel King.
Visit the MCC Indigenous Art Gallery to hear from current exhibiting artist Clayton Samuel King, answer questions about his artistic process, and tell the stories that inspired this exhibition. A short film by Alec Jordan will also be screened at Rotary Hall to accompany the Gaagige Bimaadiziwin Everlasting Life exhibition. Feel free to visit this exhibition from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 anytime until the end of September.

Midland Public Library – Author Visits (Call 705-526-4216 for more information):
September 20, 19:00 — Sherry Lawson
Sherri Lawson is a Chippewa citizen of the Rama tribe, the third child of an Ojibway father and an Algonian mother. Her father was a chieftain, custodian of the language, and a notorious instigator. Sherry grew up listening to the stories of her people from her father and paternal grandmother. Known as a historian, writer, orator and advocate for the marginalized, Sherry has an interesting and varied work history. The author of three autobiographical books, Sherry has spoken to groups ranging from university women to librarians and crisis victims. Sherry is known as an outstanding volunteer in Simcoe County. She prefers to be known for her last very important unpaid job as a grandmother (Nukomis). Free; the fall.

September 22, 19:00 (online) – Dr. Chantal Fiola
Chantal Fiola Michif (Red River Metis) with family from Saint Laurent, MB. She is the award-winning author of Reviving the Sacred Fire: Métis Ancestors and Anishinabe Spirituality and Revisiting Ceremony: Spirituality in Manitoba’s Métis Communities. Dr. Fiola specializes in topics such as mestizos, indigenous gender, sexuality, spirituality and sovereignty. Chantal is two-faced, Midevivin, a member of Sundancer, lives with his wife and daughter in Winnipeg. Register online to receive information about the Zoom meeting.

September 24 – 14:00 – Joanne Robertson
Joanne Robertson Misko Anungo Kwe (Red Star Woman) is an Anishinaabe author, illustrator and water activist. She is the author of several award-winning picture books. This visit will be great for kids and families! Free; the fall. We thank the Cultural Alliance at the Heart of Georgian Bay for sponsoring this program.

Parks of Canada
September 21 – 9:00 am & 1:00 pm – Natural & Cultural History Guided Tour – Georgian Bay Islands National Park/ Beausoleil Island National Historic Site – Online Registration
Take a cultural walk through a landscape as old as time itself. Where indigenous peoples have walked and collected medicines for thousands of years. Join Sean Corbière on an exciting cultural and natural history guided hike. Come learn about local history and explore your inner nature.

Sept. 23 – Flint pounding with custodian: Sean Corbière, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Nijodai Park in Midland.
Sean will demonstrate an ancient art form using traditional tools and techniques. Sean was born out of his creativity and indigenous heritage. A member of the M’Chigin First Nation community, Sean brings ancient Indigenous ingenuity to life.

Penetangishene Centenary Museum and Archive
September 21, 6:00 pm — What is Spirituality with Grandma Trish
What is spirituality? Come and learn about indigenous spirituality with Elder Grandmother Patricia Monaghu of the Beausoleil First Nations. The event is free and will include refreshments.

September 21, 19:00 – GIIDWIN DRUMMERS
GIIDWIN DRUMMERS will perform songs and teach hand drums at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives after a spiritual workshop.

From 19 to 24 September – the exhibition “Connecting with our ancestors: a photo-voice project about returning to Drummond Island.” This project is dedicated to the descendants of Drummond Islanders who were resettled in Penetangishen, Ontario, Canada from what is now Drummond. An island in the United States after Canada abandoned the island.

Sainte Marie among the Hurons – 24 and 25 September.
Join Sainte-Marie among the Hurons for the culmination of this week-long cultural outreach event. The historic site will host many activities, including drumming, cultural demonstrations, and interpretation of historical events. Community partners such as Parks Canada will be on hand to provide Indigenous cultural awareness classes, and Indigenous artisans will also be on site throughout the weekend displaying their art and handicrafts for sale. Sainte Marie among the Hurons will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with programs running throughout the day.

Michelle Fair
Midland Cultural Center
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