Aboriginal Awareness Week 2010

The Queen’s Native Students’ Association presents…
Aboriginal Awareness Week 2010
“Love as Medicine”

Monday March 8th
7:00pm – 9:00pm, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (146 Barrie St.)
Elder David Jock will be sharing some teachings on the theme of love in his understanding of Haudensaunee traditions.  Join us this evening for a relaxing discussion, light supper and dessert!

Tuesday March 9th
7:00pm – 9:00pm, JDUC Lower Ceilidh
Join us for a social! We will have drumming, singing, and dancing! Refreshments will be provided.  Everyone is welcome to join in and take part! Feel free to bring along your shakers and drums to join in.

Wednesday March 10th
12:00pm – 1:00pm, John Orr Room (Room 236) JDUC
Jessica Yee presents “Strong, Indigenous, Sexuality”.  Join us for an engaging discussion about Indigenous ideologies, sexuality and feminism. Lunch will be provided.

Jessica Yee is a self-described Indigenous feminist reproductive justice freedom fighter.  24 years old and Two-Spirited from the Mohawk Nation, Jessica is the founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, a CanAmerica wide organization by youth and for youth. She has spent more than half her life mobilizing individuals, families, and communities alike to reclaim their ancestral rights to self-determine decisions over their own bodies and spaces. In addition to this, Jessica is currently serving as the first inaugural Chair of the National Aboriginal Youth Council at the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, as well as the International Indigenous HIV/AIDS Working Group.

Thursday March 11th
1:30pm – 3:00, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre (146 Barrie St)
Movie Screening of “Singing Home the Bones” and short informal discussion to follow. Everyone welcome, light refreshments provided.
Singing Home the Bones is an arts documentary suffused with humour and pathos that chronicles Métis poet Gregory Scofield’s lifelong striving to piece together his fractured identity. His ethnicity, his sexuality, his sense of family, his creative calling – all these elements have played a part in the process, as have the brutality and bigotry he’s had to stare down…. For Greg, the work of finding himself and of articulating what he’s found is at once serious and playful, and both moods are captured onscreen. Singing Home The Bones is structured around a fresh revelation about Greg’s ancestry, which has him radically redefining himself once again (and, here’s a hint, beading himself a buckskin yarmulke!). The film is stitched together by Greg’s voice as he chants and sings and recites his own poems, described by Joy Harjo as “so beautiful they are dangerous.”

Friday March 12th
7:30pm – 8:30pm, AKA Autonomous Social Centre (75 Queen St.)
The Red Slam Collective will be performing as our final event for the week. This event will have your mind thinking and your hips moving! Co-sponsored by QCRED. Afterwards stick around for the ‘Shades of Gay’ dance, sponsored by QCRED, Queen’s Pride Project and the QNSA.
In the fall of 2008 a diverse collective of emerging indigenous writers, musicians, and performers manifested after a 12 week Slam Poetry workshop series facilitated by spoken word artist Mahlikah Awe:ri at the On-U Youth Program, located at the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto. With support from the Toronto Urban Aboriginal Strategy fund the collective began professional development recording workshops with award winning recording artists Digging Roots. The Red Slam Collective is poetic song stories infused with hip hop, rez blues, powwow reggae, and drum talk. A variety of themes are expressed in the pieces, but the underlying goal is to: uplift, self-identify and promote unity through Spoken, Lyricism which Arranges Meaning (SLAM).

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