Saturday Oct. 5 2013
Rooms 217 & 219 at Telus Centre, 111 Street 87 Ave NW
University of Alberta Campus, Edmonton
Facebook event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/711355762212267/
This launch is part of AMIQAAQ "Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women" symposium organized in conjunction with Walking With Our Sisters - Edmonton Exhibit and supported through the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives funded by Provost office Vice President (Academic). The launch is supported by CUPE Alberta, Blue Quills First Nations College and Director of Leadership of Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada
Free to Attend, Everyone is Welcome!
Opening by Elder Rose Matial
Gandmother Song by Aunt Alsena
Introducing Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations - Vol. 2
Reading and discussion by contributing artists & writers of the book: Lisa Bourque-Bearskin (Cree/Metis), Lana Whiskeyjack (Cree), Heather Shillinglaw (Cree/Dene), Faith Turner (Cree) and Miranda Moore (Anishnabe:Kwe)
Sharing from the audience
Books will be available for purchase.
Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations - Vol. 2 is a collection of creative writings and visual arts by Indigenous women alongside their allies from many nations across Turtle Island. It is made possible by over 60 writers and artists reflecting and sharing their lived experiences with regards to their relationships with the land, birth mothers, families, communities, and themselves.
This is part of our multi-city launch in fall 2013 in cities including Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto, Peterborough, Ottawa and Manistee (Michigan, US).
About the artists:
MONA LISA BOURQUE-BEARSKIN grew up in Lac La Biche, Alberta, and is a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation. She has been a practicing nurse for over 25 years and is passionate about completing her research studying nursing from a Cree/Metis perspective. She is grateful to the women and her family who have blessed her with life, knowledge and compassion. And thankful for the generous support from the Faculty of Nursing, CIHR-IAPH and the Alberta NEAHR. Lisa is also the Leadership Director at Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (ANAC).
HEATHER’ SHILLINGLAW’s art celebrates her Cree/Dene ancestry as medicine people – she applies aesthetic layers of many mediums about the healing powers of plants. Her art series; ‘Kookums Quilt’ celebrates and draws and the theory of quilting to provide comfort and inspiration through aesthetic explorations of the layers of knowledge shaped by plants and the natural world. She blends the traditional beadwork to communicate how the plant has provided comfort to her family and her community. ‘I hope that my painting will bring a higher purpose of ancestral memory of my culture that is not to be forgotten.’ Heather is an artist, an activist and an arts educator. She also is a guest curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta, and her artwork can be found at the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, in Canadian embassies, as well as internationally. More of her art can be found at www.shillinglaw.ca
FAITH TURNER is a Moose Cree First Nation member. Faith and her family currently reside on Moose Factory Island in Ontario. Her passion is writing and the arts with her writing published in various magazines and in an Anthology Book of Poetry and also read on stage in Poetry Readings. Combining the written word with varying topics such as FASD, Suicide Prevention, Residential Schools to bring awareness and understanding of Indigenous culture and people.
LANA WHISKEYJACK is an art actionist and multidisciplinary artist from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Working at decolonization one Cree word and brush stroke at a time; Lana’s art themes reflect her personal experiences and reflections on the paradoxes of being a Cree woman, mother and grandmother, educated by a non-Cree-speaking system.
MIRANDA MOORE, LL.B. is Anishnabe:Kwe, Treaty 4 territory, Cote First Nation. She is a proud mother, partner, sister and Anishinaabe helper. Her work and focus has been to challenge and expose colonialism continuously in her own life, and to engage across Indigenous and non-Indigenous arenas and spaces. She has worked and lived within a Treaty 4 Nation where she experienced and witnessed directly how colonialism is being perpetuated by Indian Act leadership, impacting Treaty peoples in a manner detrimental to future generations if not exposed, confronted and eliminated. She is currently completing the lawyer licensing process in Ontario and offers workshops to Indigenous communities that are ready to challenge and eliminate colonialism firstly through acknowledgement, people directed action and true commitment to original laws and values.
For more info, please visit:
The Sound of My Heart Collective: http://thesoundofmyheart.weebly.com/
Walking With Our Sisters - Edmonton Exhibit:https://www.facebook.com/WWOS.EdmontonExhibit
AMIQAAQ III “Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women” Symposium: https://www.facebook.com/events/157279151128643/
See you there!