CKUT and Native Friendship Centre Montreal Present:
ABORIGINAL DAY CELEBRATIONS held on THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010 Includes VOICES OF OUR NATIONS 8-HOUR RADIO-A-THON :: STONE CARVING VERNISSAGE :: COMMUNITY FEAST
Produced by CKUT 90.3 in Montreal AND REBROADCAST ON:
CFIS 93.1 FM, Prince George Community Radio Society
CFRU 93.3fm, University of Guelph
CKDU 88.1 FM, Dalhousie University, Halifax
CHRY 105.5 FM York University, Toronto
CFRC 101.9fm, Queen’s Radio, Kingston
CHRW 94.9, University of Western Ontario, London
CJSF 90.1 FM, SFU, Burnaby
CJAM 99.1 FM in Windsor-Detroit
DETAILS: THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010
11-1pm Round Table: History of Indigenous People in Canada, Re-Visiting the “Oka Crisis” 20-years Later and Contemporary Issues. Hosted by Irkar Beljaars, CKUTs Native Solidatirty News and Lisa Abel, host of The Circle, an Aboriginal-affairs program on CHUO 89.1FM in Ottawa, plus Gretchen King, CKUTs Community News Production Coordinator.
Long time activist, *Denise David* of the Mohawk Community of Kanesatake, was a defender 20 years ago when the police attacked her community, which was also later besieged by the Canadian Army for over a month.
*Dr. Roland Chrisjohn* is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Confederacy of the Haudenausaunee (Iroquois). He has been involved in indigenous affairs in Canada for 30 years, participating in a variety of ways in different aspects of the struggle. He has worked with Aboriginal young offenders, women’s organization, prisoner’s associations, family and children services, and suicide intervention programs. In Academia, he has taught such courses as personality, statistics, multivariate analysis, Native studies, world history, and education courses at six different universities in Canada, and is currently Director of the Native Studies program at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. He is author of The Circle Game: Shadows and Substance in the Indian Residential School Experience in Canada.
*Doreen Manuel* is a director and producer. She is the sixth child of Grand Chief George and Spiritual Leader Marceline Manuel, she is of Secwepemc and Ktunuxa ancestry. She joins to speak about George Manuel, her dad, and the history of sovereignty movements, land struggles, and campaigns for justice of indigenous peoples in Canada.
1-5pm Musical guests + Open Air Stone Carving + participation from MohawkRadio.com host Ross Montour & CKUTs Irkar Beljaars, Grant de Groot, Courtney Kirkby, and Gretchen King.
*Cheslea Vowel* is a singer/songwriter that comes from Cree territory.
*Moe Clark* Métis sound artist, fuses her unique understanding of performance narrative with traditions of circle singing and spoken word. She creates a lyrical style, steeped in ritual and poetic exploration. Her poetic songs resonate with the power to heal, to celebrate spirit and to connect with authentic purpose. Her debut album is “Circle of She: Story & Song”. Moe works with youth and adults on storytelling and writing workshops, performing with Ian Ferrier and his experimental group Pharmakon, and continuing to develop visual design work for festivals and other artists. Moe believes in the power of transformation and the continuum of the oral tradition through active involvement in communities, both locally and internationally.
*Nick Sherman* is an indigenous folk/acoustic artist from Sioux Lookout, Ontario.
*Nogeeshik Isaac* From the age of 16, Nogeeshik has used writing as a means to reflect upon contemporary Native issues in an attempt to find personal solutions and inner peace. Having spent time in jail as a youth, he has been exposed a great deal to the judicial system, one of his main influences in his writing. He has also been greatly influenced by his family and their engagement in the American Indian Movement. He has spent the last twenty years of his life living on Mohawk territory, in both Kahnawake and Akwasasne. He has also participated in the International Fighting Championship in the 1990’s.
*Odaya* was formed from a gathering and organization of Indigenous Women of Quebec in 2006. Socially and culturally active with the different communities, Odaya has participated in many festivals and events with the goal of promoting the rights of women and indigenous peoples. They participated during the course of last summer in several Pow-Wows throughout the Quebec. Odaya unites Anik Sioui from Anishinabeg (Algonquin) and Wendat (Huron) Nations, Émilie Monnet from Anishinabeg Nations, Kary Ann Deer from Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) Nations, Kim Picard from the Innu Nations, and Lisa Gagné from Ojibway (Saulteaux) Nations. Proud of their cultural identity and driven by their sense of the sacred towards their respective communities, the members of Odaya are drawn in uniting their voices to share their heritage. Reviving traditional songs in their unique mother tongue, they pay homage to their ancestors, celebrate the union of the past, present and future and nourish hope for the generations to come.
*Rising Sun Child Care Centre* is one of two Aboriginal Child Care Centres in Quebec. After years of advocacy and lobbying, the centre opened last May, 2009. Members of CKUT and the Inter-Tribal Youth Centre visited Rising Sun and recorded the voices of children from the Inuit room and interviewed Alana Phillips, the center’s director.
*Ross Kakwirakeron Montour* is joining us from Kahnawake. Ross is a visual artist, radio host and journalist.
*Sophia Rashid Khan* is the Executive Vice-President of KANATA McGill’s Indigenous Studies Community.
*Tania Dopler* is the Regional Outreach/Support Services worker at the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy Ottawa Site. She is a Two-Spirited woman of Sauk-Fox, Cherokee and Irish descent. Lisa Abel, host of The Circle, an Aboriginal-affairs program on CHUO 89.1FM in Ottawa, spoke with Tania about Two-Spirit teachings, what’s being done about the rates of HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal communities, and the realities of homophobia.
*Vincent Isaac* is a Mi’gmaq Native from the Listuguj reservation in the Gaspé region of Quebec, who uses his voice and traditional songs to heal. Vincent is from the wolf clan, and is also known by his indian name Grey Wolf.He shares songs, stories, and words from the elders and people he has met.
5-7pm Inter-Tribal Youth Stone Carving Vernissage, Musical guests, and Community Feast
*DJ madeskimo* hails from the great north and the land of maple syrup with a creative family background. His ancestry crossed over land and water by foot, dogsled, boat, automobile, bus, train, and airplane to get him here today. A continual presence and interest in cultural presentation, with an interest for floaty textures, abstract rhythmic patterns and syncopation allows an original interplay between smooth synthesizer tones, vocal samples, found sound, ethereal sound effects, and clashing rhythms.
*Jen Allan* is originally from the Yukon. Having spent some time on the streets of Vancouver herself, Jen has a desire to bless those she comes into contact with the same way she has been blessed. Jen was instrumental in having lights installed at the Raymur Underpass at East Hastings to improve the safety of those frequenting that area. She has been an active proponent of women’s and sex trade worker’s safety issues and well-being, working in conjunction with many Vancouver based sex trade worker advocacy organizations as well as her own project “Rekindling Your Spirit”, an empowerment and self-discovery course for incarcerated youth. Jen also works with incarcerated adult women and runs Jen’s Kitchen, offering advocacy, outreach and food relief services for Women.
*Tiotiake Intertribal pow-wow drum group*
Spelled out with the orthography more formally is “Tiohtià:ke”; we generally use the less formal and less “correct” “Tiotiake” or “Tiohtiake”. That big drum, that Grandfather, is for the Community, it isn’t ours; this is why we are a teaching drum. We are there to not just teach the songs, but everything that goes with it: traditions, protocols, customs. This is why anyone who is sober, clean of drug/alcohol, for 48 hours, and wants to sit with us, can do so freely. It is customary to also bring a little tobacco for Grandfather before you sit, but it isn’t required with us. We are a mixed traditional drum, not strictly so like some drums we know, but we do observe the protocols as closely as possible, according to what we were taught.