Monday, June 6, 2011

Check Out National Aboriginal History Month Happening Throughout June!

Public Talk on Local Michi Sagiik Anishinaabe History and Contemporary Realities with Rick Beaver 
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Peterborough Public Library – Auditorium 

Rick Beaver is an internationally-recognized Mississauga Ojibway artist and trained biologist from Alderville First Nation in Ontario. He has been painting professionally for more than 30 years and is an avid conservationist. His passion for nature, combined with his native heritage, is exemplified in his unique celebrations of its flora and fauna. He is the proprietor of Sweetgrass Studios located at his birthplace on the Alderville First Nation in Ontario. His diverse involvements include consultations in aboriginal tourism, the arts, cultural history and environmental management. He has been a tour guide and host for “Spirit Walks”, an aboriginal tourism initiative for First Nation communities and partners where his artistic and communication skills have helped establish these venues. He has served as a member of the design team for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario and was awarded the Governor General’s commemorative medal for community service in 1993. Rick Beaver has appeared as a personality on television and radio, has been an illustrator for many publications and has been a strong promotor of cultural history and environmental management. Currently Mr. Beaver serves on the board of the natural heritage site the Alderville Black Oak Savanna and is involved in design work for a number of Canadian manufacturers. Rick Beaver is a 2011 Honorary Degree Recipient from Trent University.

Language Nest - Wii-Kendimiing Nishinaabemowin Saswaansing
June 12, 11-12pm
Ernie and Florence Benedict Gathering Space
First Peoples House of Learning, Gzowski College, Trent University

Culture-grounded Ojibwe language playgroup
facebook page: Nishinaabemowin Saswaansing

Club Native Film Screening
Thursday, June 23, 7-9pm
The Cannery Art Centre (168 Hunter St W)

A film by Tracey Deer, Produced by Rezolution Pictures & National Film Board of Canada, 2008

On the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake, located just outside the city of Montreal, Canada, there are two firm but unspoken rules drummed into every member of the community: Do not marry a white person and do not have a child with a white person. The potential consequences of ignoring these rules―loss of membership on the reserve, for yourself and your child―are clear, and for those who incur them, devastating. Break the rules, and you also risk being perceived as having betrayed the Mohawk Nation by diluting the “purity” of the bloodline.

In Club Native, filmmaker Tracey Deer uses Kahnawake, her hometown, as a lens to probe deeply into the history and present-day reality of aboriginal identity. Following the stories of four women, she reveals the exclusionary attitudes that divide the community and many others like it across Canada. Deer traces the roots of the problem, from the advent of the highly discriminatory Indian Act through the controversy of Bill C31, up to the present day, where membership on the reserve is determined by a council of Mohawk elders, whose rulings often appear inconsistent. And with her own home as a poignant case study, she raises a difficult question faced by people of many ethnicities across the world: What roles do bloodline and culture play in determining identity?

Club Native is a candid and deeply moving look at the pain, confusion and frustration suffered by many First Nations people as they struggle for the most important right of all: the right to belong.

Winner of BEST Canadian documentary at DOXA Documentary Festival 2008, Vancouver

Winner of BEST Canadian documentary at Terres En Vues Media Arts Festival, Montreal

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Tour and Talk on Indigenous Studies/SAGE Community Garden
Monday, June 27, 6:30-7:30pm
Next to the Tipi – First People’s House of Learning, East Bank, Trent University

Join us for a talk and tour of the Indigenous Studies/ Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Education (SAGE) gardens at Trent with Christine Sy.


CRRC at Ode’min Giizis!

Arts Activities for Families with Ode'min Giizis Festival Artist-in-Residence Mel McCall
Saturday, June 4, 10-1pm
Cannery Arts Centre (168 Hunter St W)

CRRC warmly invites you to participate in the Community Arts workshop in partnership with Ode'min Giizis. Please feel free to come out and make materials for your organization and/or your family and friends to participate in the Community Procession!

Fun and Free for all ages!
for full schedule, artist bio's, how to get involved and more visit us at

Cross Cultural Musical Collaboration at IndieGenius Outdoor Concert
Saturday, June 18
Hunter Street Café District

Musical collaboration and residency between the Indigenous Nations of Zimbabwe, Mohawk and Yaqui. Musicians Chaka Chikodzi (marimba), David R Maracle (flute and percussion) and Gabriel Ayala (classical guitar).

Bimaadiziwin: the Art of Living in a Good Way
Guided tour of Robert Houle’s multi-media installation “Paris/Ojibwa

Friday June 17, 9:30am-2pm
Art Gallery of Peterborough

We will enjoy a guided tour provided by CRRC of Robert Houle’s multi-media installation “Paris/Ojibwa”. In this exciting work, the artist re-imagines a grand 1845 Parisian room in which two different cultures, Ojibwa and Parisian, make contact....what could happen?

Please join us at the Community Procession on Saturday, June 18 at 10:00am!


Many thanks to our generous co-sponsors: Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), the Centre for Gender and Social Justice (CGSJ), Department of Indigenous Studies – Trent University, Trent Central Student Association

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