Arts Connects is a series of workshops, art installations, talks and tours that aims to connect the local North York Community with both the environment and the history of the land that we live, work and play on. As part of ArtworxTO and in celebration of the Year of Public Art, we will be celebrating our connection with the land we inhabit as settlers and share with Indigenous Peoples. Our free public programs will have a focus on environmentalism and building positive relationships with the Indigenous community. NYA is excited to be working with all our Indigenous partners, educators, advisors and artists to continue to support the process of decolonization in the arts sector. This program is supported by TAC's Animating Toronto Streets, ArtworxTO and Canada Council for the Arts.
NOTE: This series of workshops are open to the public who have an interest to learn Indigenous Knowledge from Indigenous Elders, Educators and Time Keepers. Please note that if spots are limited priority will be given to North York residents.
About the guest speakers:
Nististange we (understanding women)
Anishabek moswin. Her Oneida name is Dayyayutdoladoe - Haudenosaunee
from turtle clan from her mother's Nation.
Cultural Educator/ Knowledge Keeper
Ojibway and Oneida
She has been working in the helping field for almost 40 years.
She has a Social worker background, she is a ceremonial person, Lodge
conductor, cultural Educator for educators and caregivers, Cultural
knowledge keeper for Native Communities, Healer and medicine person.
Veronica Johnny is a Cree-Métis, multidisciplinary, two-spirit artist from the Northwest Territories. A hand drummer and rock singer, she’s also a songwriter, visual artist and writer. Veronica facilitates culturally-informed arts-education workshops, often with a matriarchal lens, and focuses her creative energies on natural healing modalities and Nehiyawewin language revitalization.
* (Limited participants) If you are signing up for this workshop you will receive a separate email with some details you will need previous to the session.
Grandmother Reneé Thomas-Hill
Grandmother Renee was born into the Haudenosaunee Confederacy of the Grand River Territory.
She honours her lineage, Mother- Cayuga Bear & that of her Father Mohawk Turtle.
As a Haudenosaunee woman, her role in life is a Carrier of our Heritage
Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother & auntie to many
Educator, Historian, Lecturer/Teacher, Wisdom Keeper
Lindsey Lickers is a Haudenosaunee/ Anishinaabe multi-media artist, arts facilitator, and program developer originally from Six Nations of the Grand River with ancestral roots to the Mississaugas of the Credit. Her traditional name is ‘Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe’, which translates to ‘Medicine Water Woman’ and she is of the turtle clan. Recently, she was awarded a commission to create a permanent public installation for the Region of Waterloo’s light rail transit system that will speak to the historical stewardship of the land base of Waterloo and the importance of agriculture from a First Nations perspective.