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Christine

Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Legacy by Waubgeshig Rice


Review:

Legacy Written By: Waubgeshig Rice
Published By: Theytus Books
Pages: 192

Reviewed By: Christine Smith (McFarlane)


“Legacy” written by Waubgeshig Rice is a bold yet haunting story of what can happen to a family when tragedy hits them too often.  The Gibson family has to deal with an unfortunate accident that takes their parents away from them, and then not long afterwards, the oldest sister Eva Gibson is killed in downtown Toronto.

Eva Gibson, leaves the northern community of Birchbark to become a University student in downtown Toronto. The odds seem stacked against her as she struggles with being one of a only a couple of Anishnaabe students trying to make her way through the education system and city life. She is also in a hurry to finish her education so that she can return home to serve her community.

Tragedy ensues when she lets her guard down one night and goes with friends to a local bar. She meets a young man while intoxicated and he ultimately kills her when they leave the bar together, and he brings her into a dark alley to try and take advantage of her.

The death of Eva brings on a string of troubles for the surviving members of her family.  Her brothers and sister already struggling with how to deal with the loss of their parents, are met with more tragedy when they learn of their sister’s untimely death. Some turn to ceremony and some turn to alcohol, but each member is haunted by a creeping sentiment of revenge when it comes to the absolution of their sister’s death and her killer.

Legacy boldly looks at the truths and stereotypes that First Nations peoples often face in their struggle to leave the reservation and move to the big city. The truths can be uncomfortable and make you cringe but it is these truths that Rice speaks of that must be addressed and talked about.

Events


Events:

 Monday October 6, 2014-6:30pm-9pm-Inconvienent Indians: Reflecting on the Past in Canada's Future with Thomas King
Inconvenient Indians”: Reflecting on the past in Canada’s Future
Opening Lecture by Dr. Thomas King

Monday October 6 evening
Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Location: TRS-1067 (55 Dundas Street West)

Moderated by:
Hayden King, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance & Assistant Professor of Politics, Ryerson

Closing Remarks by:
Dr. Cyndi Baskin, Chair, Aboriginal Education Council, Ryerson

ASL interpretation provided.

For more information on Social Justice Week 2014: A Different World Is Possible:

A week of events, keynote speakers, art exhibits, actions and cultural events to transform Ryerson into a hub of social justice and solidarity in Toronto.

Website: www.ryerson.ca/socialjustice
Twitter: @RyeGindinChair
Email: tsf@ryerson.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/351637421671811/?context=create&source=49#


Wednesday October 8, 2014-7pm-9pm From Ferguson to Toronto: Examining Race, politics and Scholarship with Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry -Mandela EDI Social Justice Annual Lecture
From Ferguson to Toronto: Race, Politics, and Scholarship

A Public Lecture by Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry
Tuesday October 8
7 to 9 pm
TRSM 1067 (55 Dundas Street West)

October 9, 2014-7-9pm Gender & The City: A Mayoral Debate @ YWCA Toronto, 87 Elm Street On October 9th, Toronto's leading mayoral candidates will convene for Gender and the City, a live debate hosted at YWCA Toronto’s Elm Centre and moderated by award-winning journalist Denise Balkissoon.

Candidates will field questions about how their positions on issues ranging from affordable housing to safety and city planning will impact the lives of women and transgender people in Toronto. Olivia Chow and John Tory have confirmed their participation. Doug Ford received an invitation shortly after declaring his candidacy.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for candidates and residents alike to reflect on the gendered implications of city issues. The debate is co-organized by Toronto Women's City Alliance, YWCA Toronto, North York Women's Centre (NYWC), METRAC, Women in Toronto Politics and the Toronto & York Region Labour Council Women’s Committee.

ASL interpretation and live note-taking will be provided, and child-minding will be available on site. The venue is accessible for those with mobility devices.

Wednesday October 15, 2014- Bold As Love co presents: Kinnie Star (CD release) , Janet Panic and d'bi young!

$10-12!

BOLD AS LOVE is a new music series curated and dedicated to supporting and uniting POC and Indigenous Artists on the same stage! Everyone is welcome!

This first show is in collaboration with Kinnie Star's Cd release and national tour featuring Janet Panic and the amazing d'bi young!

COME OUT AND SUPPORT!

Tickets at the Door! PRICE TBA!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Events

Events:

Sisters In Spirit Week 2014 - 5 Days of Events prior to Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Mon. Sept. 29: Art workshop – Understanding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) through art. 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4pm at NWRCT. Facilitated by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts. ALL WOMEN WELCOME.

Tues. Sept 30: Media Day- raise awareness about MMIW through handing out flyers.

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Hand drumming with Amy Desjarlais. 10am-12pm. Drop in and learn three different women's honour songs.
Sweetgrass Ceremony – Private healing ceremony for families who are affected by MMIW with Grandmother Wanda Whitebird. 1:30-3:30pm at NWRCT. Please contact 416-963-9963 ex. 212.

Thursday, Oct 2: Letter writing campaign with Amnesty International and Button Making with Native Youth Sexual Health Network. 10:30am-12:30pm at NWRCT.
NWRCT Presentation and Teach-in: Dispelling Stereotypes about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. 5-7pm at NWRCT with Dr. Suzanne Stewart and Lee Maracle. Open to general public.

Friday, Oct 3: Social Media Campaign to raise awareness about Sisters in Spirit and MMIW. Tweet, Facebook, etc.

Sat. Oct 4: Sisters in Spirit Vigil. Join us in Allan Gardens from 6:30-8:30pm. All welcome. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1469168156683383/?fref=ts



  
September 30, 2014-The Red Revue presents Midnight Shine with Special Guest Jace Martin and the Pace
The Red Reuve presents an Album Release Party for Midnight Shine- “Northern Man”

Special Guest
Jace Martin and the Pace

Tickets $10

Doors Open 7:30 p.m.
Open Mic 8 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Jace Martin and the Pace 9:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Midnight Shine 10:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.

September 30
Tuesday
Hard Rock Cafe
Toronto

For more info, email  millie.andpva@gmail.com.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekly Events


Events:


Thursday September 25, 2014-5:30pm-8pm- Anishnawbe Health Toronto invites you to participate in the feedback session for the design of their new facility. To be held at Daniel’s Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East. ( 1 block east of Sackville Street on Dundas Street East.


September 27, 2014- 3pm-The Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives Presents Cara Krmpotich: Repatriation and the Force of Family. Main Activities Hal, Multi Faith Centre, 2nd Floor, 569 Spadina Ave

September 27, 2014- 11am-Protest to End Violence Against Women. Come one, come all, to a protest on September 27, 2014 at the Gates of St. Paul’s University College University, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.

September 29-October 4, 2014-Sisters in Spirit Week: Arts Workshop, Sweetgrass Ceremony, Teach-In, Social Media & Letter-writing Campaign

Sisters In Spirit Week 2014 - 5 Days of Events prior to Sisters in Spirit Vigil

Mon. Sept. 29: Art workshop – Understanding Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) through art. 10am-12:30pm and 1:30-4pm at NWRCT. Facilitated by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts. ALL WOMEN WELCOME.
Tues. Sept 30: Media Day- raise awareness about MMIW through handing out flyers.

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Sweetgrass Ceremony – Private healing ceremony for families who are affected by MMIW with Grandmother Wanda Whitebird. 1:30-3:30pm at NWRCT. Please contact 416-963-9963 ex. 212.

Thursday, Oct 2: Letter writing campaign with Amnesty International and Button Making with Native Youth Sexual Health Network. 10:30am-12:30pm at NWRCT.
NWRCT Presentation and Teach-in: Dispelling Stereotypes about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. 5-7pm at NWRCT with Dr. Suzanne Stewart and Lee Maracle. Open to general public.

Friday, Oct 3: Social Media Campaign to raise awareness about Sisters in Spirit and MMIW. Tweet, Facebook, etc.

Sat. Oct 4: Sisters in Spirit Vigil. Join us in Allan Gardens from 6:30-8:30pm. All welcome. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1469168156683383/?fref=ts

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Life's Journey-Unanswered Questions Don't Have to Stop You From Healing

 The Indigenous Adoptee Gathering of 2014 in Ottawa is nothing short of amazing because it gives a voice to all of us who once were silenced-  that means adoptees, those who survived foster care etc etc.....

Today I had a profound thought after a sharing circle I participated in. Though I have always known it deep down inside me, it awakened within me again today when I realized that I have this one haunting question that I would love to ask my ex-adoptive parents

"What was so wrong with me, that you didn't keep me, like you kept my sister?"

 For god sakes I was a kid, you guys were the adults. Then in my head I realized this is a question that will probably always haunt me, and may never get answered because my adoptive parents are no longer in my life, which is completely my choice. I recognized within me, unanswered questions and what they can do to me, is up to me.

Everyone's healing journey is different. I went through a gamut of problems-eating disorders, suicidal ideation, very deep depressions and other self harming behaviours before I realized with the help of therapy, friends and community I was worth fighting for, I was worthy of living despite not feeling like I was.

Now I see that no matter how far I go in my healing journey there will always be questions and sometimes there will be questions that will go unanswered. It's these unanswered questions I believe I need to make peace with in order for my healing to continue and for me to not stray back to where I used to be..... I so don't want to go back down that road. I recognized today that its the community and friends I have built around myself (not to mention my awesome nieces, my sister and others) that have literally helped save me and made me who and what I am today.

Chi miigwetch to everyone in my life, your support means more than words can ever say!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Events

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Saturday, September 20, 2014-10am-4:30pm-The S.W.E.E.T. Success Experience Live Event with Brenda McIntyre-Medicine Song Woman @ Dovercourt House, Main Floor Studio, 805 Dovercourt Rd Tickets available at  http://ah133.infusionsoft.com

Saturday September 20, 2014-7pm-10pm- Drum Journey Circle@ the Life Loft, 390 Dupont Street, Suite 201


Sunday, September 21, 2014-11am-6pm-The Word On The Street, Toronto's Book and Magazine Festival. Join us for our 25th festival! We are Canada's largest, one-day, literary festival. Each year, we turn Queen's Park Circle into a book and magazine lover's paradise by showcasing Canada's hottest new books and authors, as well as the best Canadian magazines!
To see a full festival schedule, visit: http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/toronto/whatson/intro.



September 27, 2014- 3pm-The Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives Presents Cara Krmpotich: Repatriation and the Force of Family. Main Activities Hal, Multi Faith Centre, 2nd Floor, 569 Spadina Avenue