Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Kwey, Aanii, Tansi, Sago, Bonjour, and Hello!
I want to extend an invitation to a one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate in
the National Arts Centre's (NAC) spring production of an all-Aboriginal King
Lear! (It stars August Schellenberg & Tantoo Cardinal, with Kevin
Loring, Lorne Cardinal & many others!)
NAC's Artistic Director, Peter Hinton, is looking to cast
50 extras from the local, Ottawa, urban Aboriginal population for the show and
will offer a 3 part theatre training workshop starting at the
beginning of January 2012. Workshops will take place at the NAC on
Sunday afternoons (for the first part), then move to most-likely
Tuesday evenings (part 2). The third component will of course be the
actual rehearsal period & production run, taking us to the end of May.
This is a wonderful opportunity for local First Nation, Metis & Inuit
theatre enthusiasts - young & old- to work with a wide variety of top
professionals, and shine - in 17th century period costume- on the NAC stage!
If you are interested, please let me know.There will also be an
announcement for an invitation to the Info/Intro Session - for which
we have yet to set the date (beginning of Jan) - for all details &
dates, etc. to be further discussed.
Please share with anyone from our local Aboriginal community who would
like to learn more about theatre, about Shakespeare, about the NAC,
and "hang" with some professional artists!
No experience necessary!
Watch for an upcoming announcement re the "50 Followers Project" in
the Ottawa Citizen next week!
in unity & spirit,
Monday, November 7, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
March & Rally
Monday, September 19
9am at Minwaashin Lodge (424 Catherine St), 10am Parliament Hill
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Algonquin Sharing Day with Bob Lovelace, Lynn Gehl, Paula Sherman, and Bonita Lawrence - Saturday, June 25, 2011http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101553219933546¬if_t=event_invite
Oshkabaywis Lynn Gehl
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Construction crews broke ground Monday to officially begin building Ottawa's biggest Aboriginal centre, the multimillion-dollar Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.
Brad Pickody, who teaches drumming at the centre, said the 25,000-square-foot centre was important to him and his family as a cultural resource and a place away from potentially bad influences.
"Living in the city is a totally different experience from living in the bush," said Pickody, who moved his family from the Chapleau reserve, west of Timmins, Ont., three years ago.
Allison Fisher, the executive director of the Wabano centre, said that 70 per cent of aboriginals in Canada are leaving reserves and moving to cities. That's why the new revamped facility means so much."It's to create a sense of belonging with our kids," she said. As the centre continues to fundraise to make up the remaining $7 million for the project, Fisher hopes the Ontario government will help out with funds.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Place-Making, Culture, and Identity Among Urban Aboriginal People in Ottawa,
- I am looking for research participants:
- People who self-identify as Aboriginal (First Nations
- Status or non-Status Indian, Metis, Inuit, or mixed Aboriginal heritage)
- Aboriginal adults 18+, male and female
- Must reside in Ottawa
Research participants will participate in a 60 to 120 minute video or audio
recorded interview. Video recorded interviews will not provide anonymity
but audio recorded interviews will be anonymous. The topic of the interview
will be on your thoughts and experiences of urban Aboriginal culture and
identity as a resident of Ottawa, Ontario. One of the main purposes of the
research is to produce a short film on urban Aboriginal culture and identity
in Ottawa, Ontario and to show the vibrancy of urban Aboriginal life.
A gift/honourarium will be provided to participants with a value of
approximately $10. As transportation and child care can be barriers to
participation I can provide bus tickets as well as offer to pay for
childcare costs at the standard hourly rate for parents with children who do
not have access to childcare.
If you are interested in participating or would like any more information
please feel free to contact me, Cheryl Matthew at the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University, B753 Loeb Building, Phone:
(613) 899-3530 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
This project has been reviewed and cleared by the Carleton University
Research Ethics Board 613-520-2517 or email@example.com.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada to appeal Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Decision to dismiss discrimination claim for First Nations Children on a legal loophole.
OTTAWA, March 14 /CNW/ - The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada is deeply concerned with the ruling today from Shirish Chotalia, Chair of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, to dismiss the complaint filed by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations in 2007 alleging that the Federal Government is racially discriminating against First Nations children by providing less child welfare benefit on reserve. Chair Chotalia dismissed the case on a preliminary motion brought by the Federal Government even though the Federal Government had tried, and failed, to get the case dismissed on similar grounds in Federal Court on two previous occasions. Chair Shirish Chotalia did not address the overwhelming evidence of the inequity and harm experienced by First Nations children on reserves even though she was in possession of numerous reports confirming the problems such as the Auditor General of Canada (2008), the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (2009) and internal documents from the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Instead, Chair Shirish Chotalia dismissed the case on a legal technicality suggesting that the Federal Government can provide a different, and inequitable, level of service to First Nations children so long as the Provinces/Territories provide the service to all other children. In issuing this ruling, Chair Shirish Chotalia, in effect legalized racial discrimination against vulnerable children on reserve by the Federal Government.
The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada will immediately appeal Chair Shirish Chotalia's decision to Federal Court. This case is being followed by over 7200 Canadians and organizations making it the most formally watched court case in Canadian history. Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, says that "the Government of Canada should not be immune from human rights laws and obligations to First Nations children because of a legal technicality and we will take all necessary measures to ensure that this case is decided in a public forum on the full set of facts - the children deserve nothing less." The appeal will be filed in Federal Court in the next 30 days.
Read the ruling: http://bit.ly/i531IB
IPSMO's note: If you have not yet signed up as witnesses on the "I Am a Witness" website http://www.fncfcs.com/fnwitness, please do and join over 7200 Canadians and organizations to follow the most formally watched court case in Canadian history.
IPSMO on unceded Algonquin Territory
Georges Sioui, Coordinator Program of Aboriginal Studies
La communauté autochtone pleure le départ de ce monde d'une grande femmes métisses, l'historien Dr. Olive Patricia Dickason. Il est difficile même de commencer à décrire l'importance du legs intellectuel de cette grande penseure. Cette perte est très lourde puisque Olive Dickason, par son oeuvre et per l'exemple d'une vie courageuse, a marqué chaque membre de notre société canadienne.
Georges Sioui, coordonnateur du programme d'études autochtones
Link: Winnipeg Free Press - Author who detailed the aboriginal contribution to Canada's economy dies at 91
Link: Globe and Mail Obituary - DR. OLIVE PATRICIA DICKASON C.M., PH.D., D.LITT.
Link: Guest Book for Olive Patricia Dickason
When: Friday, March 18th, 2pm
Where: Parliament Hill
The Aboriginal Law Students Association and the Law Union of Ontario from the University of Ottawa will be joining McGill University student groups to take part in a vigil at Parliament Hill taking place Friday, March 18th at 2pm.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I write to you today asking for your support in helping First Nations, Metis and Inuit people to reconnect with the land. Naategama or Peaceful Waters is a 230 acre property owned by the Archdiocese of Ottawa and entrusted exclusively for the use of Kateri Native Ministry. Located on the Ottawa River near the Quyon Ferry Landing. Under the direction of Kateri Native Ministry, Naategama has been used for Aboriginal youth and Elder retreats, community workshops, and family reunions of Indian Residential School Survivors.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Calling Young Aboriginal Women across Canada ages 16 to 29!
ENTER THE YOUNG ABORIGINAL WOMEN'S CREATIVE ESSAY CONTEST
Do you want to be part of one of the biggest gatherings of women from around the world happening in Ottawa-Gatineau from 3-7 July?
The Aboriginal Women's Leadership Circle for Women’s Worlds 2011 invites you to submit your written, artistic, or otherwise creative submissions to attend Women’s Worlds 2011. We greatly value the participation of young Aboriginal women and would like to hear directly from YOU about why you want to be at this exciting global event by answering "What does Aboriginal women’s leadership mean to you?"
3 grand winners will be awarded an honorarium of $1,500 (one young First Nation woman, one young Inuit woman, one young Métis woman) plus the opportunity to present their essay at the Women’s Worlds 2011 congress
7 winners will be awarded an honorarium of $1000
WHO SHOULD SUBMIT?
Young Aboriginal Women (trans, Two-Spirit, gender non-conforming inclusive), First Nations, Métis, Inuit, status, and non-status identified from 16-29
Deadline: 25 March 2011
Notification of acceptance: 4 April 2011
SEE ATTACHED FOR CONTEST GUIDELINES AND MORE INFORMATION.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
3e Colloque étudiant du FERA
Résistance et reconstruction : les peuples autochtones au passé et au présent
Université d’Ottawa, 9 mars 2011
Desmarais 3105, 9h-16h
Horaire et information:
3rd FASR Graduate Conference
Resistance and Rebuilding: Exploring Indigenous Challenges Past and Present
University of Ottawa, march 9, 2011,
Desmarais 3105, 9am-4pm
Schedule and information: