The message behind the work, which was created as a response to the report released by the federal commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, is an important one for all of us across Canada, but very much so in Toronto Centre where there are many Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people living in vulnerable situations and facing the challenges of poverty, housing insecurity, and racist violence. Since these topics can be difficult to face, we're aiming to create a safe, moderated discussion space where we can respond to and process this art piece together, and consider the impact its message might have on our own political and personal missions.
If you're available this Saturday, April 10th, from 7pm-8pm, you can join us on Zoom. The link will be emailed to you when you RSVP.
You can also find the Facebook event page here: [insert FB link]
If you're not available, the videos in the project can be viewed any time before April 11th on the project's website here: https://www.embodyingpowerandplace.com/
Please note that while the videos are free to view, you need to register with an email address to receive the password. If you happen to have the financial ability to do so, a donation to the artists can also be made on their page here: https://www.embodyingpowerandplace.com/donate/
And if you're already in a generous mood, you can always make a donation to the TCNDP here: [insert link] Your donations help us to facilitate events like these & engage with local artists and causes.
About the Project:
In 2019, the federal commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released their final report, Reclaiming Power and Place. In 2020 over a dozen artists from a wide range of disciplines were commissioned by New Harlem Productions to read and respond to specific chapters of the report. This digital iteration of Embodying Power and Place offers twelve audio-visual works that seek to honour the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Trans, and Two-Spirit people, and strives to create a sacred space in which to reflect, heal, and find renewed hope.
Incorporating text, sound and imagery, Embodying Power and Place includes pieces from incredible Indigenous creators such as Janet Antone, Reneltta Arluk, Tara Beagan, Yolanda Bonnell, Darla Contois, Deborah Courchene, Aria Evans, Eekwol Lindsay Knight, Jessica Lea Fleming, Falen Johnson, Émilie Monnet, Yvette Nolan, Michelle Olson, Natalie Sappier, jaye simpson and Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone.