Upcoming Event: Sentinel Shores

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A group show and event exploring land defense.

Our times are coloured with both urgency and collective strength as we are faced with resource extraction agendas that threaten the wellbeing, health and way of life for Indigenous People. We hope to create a space that utilizes the healing power of art to strengthen and reflect on the diversity of our efforts.

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February 2nd 6pm
Exhibition runs from January 24th to March 13th
Rhizome Café 317 East Broadway

Voluntary donation

Featuring Artwork by
Joi Arcand, Erin Marie Konsmo, Christiana Latham, Chandra Melting Tallow, Marika Swan and Carrielynn Victor

Screenings of

A Mothers Nature by Vanessa Claxton
Bloodland by Elle Maija Tailfeathers
Business as Usual by Jay Cardinal Villeneuve

Guest Speakers
Arthur Manuel

and

Ta’kaiya Blaney (who will also be singing!)


With special musical performance by Toronto’s
Red Slam Collective

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Bio’s:

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JOI ARCAND
Joi T. Arcand is a photo-based artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan currently residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. She has served as chair of the board of directors for Paved Arts in Saskatoon and was the co-founder of the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary aboriginal art gallery in Saskatoon.
Her work merges the personal with the political through the use of her own family history in addressing the Canadian aboriginal experience. Drawing from her family narratives, Arcand’s photo work connects memory and landscape with humour and nostalgia, while asking questions about what it means to be a mixed-race aboriginal woman. Her work has been exhibited at Gallery 101 in Ottawa, York Quay Gallery in Toronto, Mendel Art Gallery and Paved Arts in Saskatoon, grunt gallery in Vancouver, and published in BlackFlash Magazine.
http://www.joitarcand.com


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Ta’kaiya Blaney
Ta’Kaiya, 10, lives in North Vancouver and is from the Sliammon First Nation. “Shallow Waters,: recorded July 2010, is one of 5 songs co written by Ta’Kaiya and her singing instructor/professional songwriter/pianist Aileen De La Cruz. Ta’Kaiya is also known for singing “Amazing Grace” in the Sliammon language, translated by her grandfather. Ta’Kaiya began working with Aileen since the age of 5 and has performed at large events in both BC and Washington State. She also sings and plays the violin at various coffee shops in Vancouver and North Vancouver. Ta’Kaiya has also recorded the songs “Carried Away,” “Watching Over Me,” and “Wonderful, Beautiful” in June 2011. She was chosen as one of 20 “We Canada” Champions (earthsummit.ca) an organization putting pressure on Canada to show leadership at the UN Earth Summit 2012 in Rio De Janiero. This summit will review and set goals for s future that is sustainable and promotes social justice.
http://www.takaiyablaney.com/bio/


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Vanessa Claxton
A Mother’s Nature is a digital story created to address the issues of human and resource exploitation through the guidance and shared knowledge of Penelakut storyteller Florence James identifying how to heal the land, how to restore ourselves, our people and our relationships through respecting and caring for one another.
It was a fun story process as I was angry with Indigenous children being apprehended into Ministry Care, missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Children, deforestation, fish farms, oil fracking, extensive development & improper housing, mineral extraction & poverty. By identifying with concepts of humanity and the beauty afforded to us in Nature I was able to restore balance and how valuable A Mother’s Nature is even though patriarchal, capitalist, and hierarchal views are still dominant.

I am overwhelmingly Coastal with Salish on all sides of my heritage. My mother and father are Salish- Saanich, my grandparents Salish- Saanich, Cowichan Squamish, Samish, with Chilean, Sicilian, French in the mix. My family extends to the greater part of Southern Van Isl., Gulf Islands, into the Mainland, and parts of the United States miscellaneous islands…  My great grandmothers were instrumental in the development of our communities and unfortunately the women have been deprived of their nurturing voice and I feel that needs to be restored.  I love the literary arts. I find storytelling is an artistic form that has the ability to bring an audience on a journey. I am still learning the art of story. I find film and media reach an educated audience of insightful individuals.
http://about.me/VanessaClaxton


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Erin Marie Konsmo
Erin Marie Konsmo is a Métis Indigenous Feminist & compassion activist from Innisfail, Alberta. She is currently an Intern for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and on the National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV/AIDS. She focuses on art forms that incorporate traditional knowledge while telling stories of struggle, resistance, self-determination, identity and sexual and reproductive justice. Erin is currently taking her Master of Environmental Studies at York University.
http://erinkonsmo.blogspot.com/


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Christiana Latham
Christiana Latham graduated in 2008 from The Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary Alberta, Canada, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Multimedia Arts and Design Technologies. Christiana has been collaborating with other artists, exhibiting her work in galleries and theaters as well as showing her films in film festivals worldwide. One of her latest achievements was the acceptance of her film “SpongeBob SquarePants” into GAMA at The EPCOR CENTRE for the Preforming Arts in Calgary Alberta, Canada. Various paintings and digital artworks have also been published in several magazines throughout Canada and The U.S.


Presently, Christiana Latham’s main artistic focus is on her films, employing her talents in video/film/animation, music, photography and digital artwork, utilizing each at her discretion. Christiana currently is director of Indigeneity Artist Collective Society and has been co presenting films with CSIF and DreamSpeakers Film Festival.


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Arthur Manuel
Arthur Manuel from the Secwepemc Nation is a spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade and chairperson of the Interior Alliance of BC First Nations, Manuel has been a leading voice of opposition to the Canadian government’s agenda to “extinguish” Aboriginal and Treaty rights and assimilate Indigenous peoples into the Canadian body politic. Active locally in defense of Shuswap land (during the expansion of the Sun Peaks resort), and at the national level, he has also taken the struggle international, following in the path of his father, the late George Manuel, President of the National Indian Brotherhood and founder of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples.
http://www.ienearth.org/pmec.html


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Chandra Melting Tallow
Chandra Melting Tallow, Siksika Nation, creates a wide range of artistic forms. She has performed across Turtle Island as a performance artist, musician, and actress.
http://mourning-coup.blogspot.com


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Red Slam Collective
Red Slam is a hiphopsoulrock fusion band whose music uplifts, self-identifies and promotes unity through Spoken, Lyricism which Arranges Meaning (SLAM). The group is comprised of young poets, songwriters, rappers, musicians, composers, and vocalists: John Hupfield aka MC 7th Son Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nations; Mahlikah Awe:ri,aka MC AngelHeart Afro-Native of Mohawk and Mik’maw First Nations from Nova Scotia; Miles Turner Six Nations Mohawk; Isaac Llacuachaqui aka Riverwalker, Native, Spanish, Black Inca ancestry from Peru; Yusei Ota, Tokyo Japan and ally to the Ainu.  Jav Bravo from Mexico of Aztec Ancestry on Percussion; Will Charbonneau on Bass, Paul Casterodale on Sax and Cree hip hop culturalist Rawn Razor. The Red Slam Movement started back in the fall of 2008 after a 12 week Slam Poetry Workshop series facilitated by Mahlikah Awe:ri at the On-U Youth Program, located at the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto. In 2009 with support from the Toronto Urban Aboriginal Strategy fund and the OAC Access & Career Development Grant the collective began professional development recording workshops with award winning recording artists Digging Roots.
http://www.youtube.com/RedSlamCollective
http://profiles.sonicbids.com/artists/RedSlamCollective


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Marika Swan
I am a Tla-o-qui-aht woman and I was born out in the wilds of the west coast, on an island, on the beach, in a spot where our whaling chiefs used to bring the whales in. Northern lights stretched out into the north the night before I came into this world. I believe in a deeply profound relationship with the land that I come from and a responsibility to it’s survival, health, and freedom.
If we go back to before I was born, my mother’s Scottish and Irish ancestors were living off the bounty of stolen lands in Aotearoa (New Zealand) very close to the same time that my father’s ancestor’s were surviving the colonization of their communities in Tla-o-qui-aht (Clayoquot Sound). I was conceived through the love of two artists who came from very different worlds. I became the unseverable connection between two parallel histories.
My mother, Paula Swan, is a photographer and painter. Her main inspiration is the beauty she finds in nature especially arbutus trees, flowers, moonscapes and seashells. My father, Joe David, is a master carver and painter who is heavily influenced by our rich culture and his spiritual practice. They have both nurtured the artist in me from a very young age.
I have been working with Redwire Native Youth Media Society for 7 years now. My work there has shown me the importance of healing through expression.  I find great fulfillment in creating space for our young people to explore their creativity so that when we seek justice, our voices are strong.
http://marikaswan.com/


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Elle Maija Tailfeathers
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is Blackfoot from Kainai, or the Blood Reserve, as well as Sámi from northern Norway. She is an emerging filmmaker, actor, writer, and activist.  Elle-Máijá is a graduate of Vancouver Film School’s full-time acting program.  She also recently completed her bachelor’s degree in First Nations Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her film “The Bandit” was among the top ten Canadian national finalists in MTV’s For the Reel competition.  Most recently, she wrote, directed, and produced an experimental short film titled “Bloodland” which was an official selection of numerous international film festivals including ImagiNATIVE in Toronto and the Vancouver International Film Festival. She was selected as a fellow in the Indigenous Film Fellowship sponsored by the Indigenous Film Circle so she is currently writing a feature-length screenplay with Chris Eyre to mentor her along the way. Recently, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2011 American Indian Awards for her role in “White Indians Walking”.  Her film and TV credits include roles in “White Indians Walking”, “The Guard”, “The Reaper”, “Shattered”, “Another Cinderella Story”, as well as a number of U.S. and Canadian national commercials. Elle-Máijá has also done voice-over work for a series of youth advocacy cartoons for the Healthy Aboriginal Network. Her creative and non-fiction written work has been published both nationally and internationally.


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Carrielynn Victor
(coming soon!)


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Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
Jay Cardinal Villeneuve grey up in Slave Lake Alberta and now works as an actor, writer and independent filmmaker in Salish City Vancouver, BC. He studied theatre in College and received a diploma in Indigenous Independent Filmmaking from Capilano University.

Both a dramatic and documentary filmmaker, his short films have played at festivals across North America including The Hanging of Louis Riel which Screen at the 2010 imagineNATIVE Film Festival and Indigenous Streets which won Honorable Mention at the 2011 Los Angeles Movies Awards Film Festival. His Latest film Reserved for Hollywood won first place in the 2011 APTN Shortcuts contest and was recently names and Official Selection at the 2011 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.

He’s Currently working to develop Reserved for Hollywood into a television series, adapting a novel for his first feature film and writing and epic Cree historical drama to be filmed on trandition Woodland Cree Territory in northern Alberta. At the moment he works with residential school survivors documenting their stories and producing webisodes for the APTN environmental documentary series Down2Earth.

 

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