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Toronto, Jun 22 (Canadian-Media): Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) honours, on National Indigenous Peoples Day being celebrated today, Indigenous artists' cultures and contributions, filmmakers, activists, and original keepers of our land, with a collection of video and Review articles that highlights their stories, media reports said.
“When my grandmother came out of that school in northern Ontario, she came out ashamed of who she was; she came out without her language; and she came out without our stories. Our stories are our survival,” said Jesse Wente in a keynote address he made for the Canadian Media Producer Association’s annual Prime Time event
The following 10 Stories, originally published by TIF, are recommended to be read.
The Seventh Fire tells about an interview with filmmaker Jack Pettibone Riccobono, producer Chris Eyre, and lead subject Rob Brown, about Native representation and the making of a documentary that centers on the Aboriginal gang crisis in America.
The Top 10 Indigeneous Films of All Time (originally published by CBC): TIFF's Jesse Wente recommends 10 films made by Indigeneous filmmakers, including Canada's own Jeff Barnaby, Zacharias Kunuk, and Alanis Obomsawin.
Empathy Exists in VR: In this Canadian filmmaker Alan Zweig speaks to Indigeneous documentarian Lisa Jackson about her new VR documentary, filmed on the Highway of Tears where hundreds of Indigenous women go missing each year.
Before The Streets Allows Its Indigeneous Hero to Heal: highlights Chloe Leriche's film, set in a Atikamekw Nation community in Quebec and the first to be performed entirely in the Atikamekw language, raised by TIFF Next Wave commitee member Isabel Coleman.
Through The Wormhole: tells about the indigenous artists Skawennati, Jason E. Lewis, and Scott Benesiinaabandan imagine a Canada 150 years into the future and how it relates to their own artistic practice in this vivid conversation, conducted in Montreal.
The Most Remarkable Performance of the Year is Lily Gladstone's: in which Jesse Wente interviews emerging Indigeneous actor Lily Gladstone about her stunning performance, opposite Kristen Stewart, in Kelly Reichardt's Certain Women.
"Indigeneous Existence is Resistance": The artists behind TIFF's new VR installation, 2167, discuss what "Aboriginal Futurism" means to them and why Canada's 150th birthday is not worth celebrating.
Yo, Adrian Ep. 22: Angry Inuk director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril: Yo, Adrian's Kiva Reardon and Fariha Roisin get an award-winning Inuit director on the podcast to talk about the politics of hunting seal meat and her new film, which was eight years in the making.
"For 150 years, people have been told lies about Canada's history": Alanis Obomsawin, legendary documentarian shares her journey of how she became a filmmaker and why, at age 84, she can't stop fighting for Indigeneous rights and freedoms in her work.
"Imagine if You Knew our Stories Already": As we consider the future of Canadian storytelling, the only way forward is to let those who have previously been silenced speak. Watch Jesse Wente's keynote speech at the Canadian Media Producer's Association.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Jun 21 (Canadian-Media): Indigenous Peoples Day began this morning with the celebration of a sunrise ceremony, on Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto City Hall, media reports said.
June was declared National Aboriginal History Month In 2009 following the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons.
Since then during the month of June and June 21 every year, many Indigenous people and communities celebrate their culture and heritage and recognize.
More than 200 people, including Indigenous leaders and community members, Tory and councillors, City of Toronto staff and members of the general public, attended the 5:30 a.m. ceremony on Nathan Phillips Square.
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"Toronto joins cities across the country in celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day," said Mayor John Tory. "On June 21, we recognize and honour the important history, culture and outstanding contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to our city and to Canadian society."
The ceremony was led by Garry Sault and his Oshkaabewis (helpers), which included a sacred fire, smudging and singing with a hand drum.
the proclamation for Indigenous Peoples Day in Toronto was read by Tory.
The proclamation was then presented to Kenn Richard, Executive Director of Native Family and Child Services.
The ceremony was followed remarks from representatives of Mississaugas of the New Credit, Métis and Toronto's urban Indigenous community.
In honour of Indigenous Peoples Day, a medicine wheel, considered an emblem of North American Indigenous cultural values, tradition and spirituality was added to the Toronto sign on the square.
A new vinyl wrap resembling birch bark inlaid with symbols of significance for Indigenous communities was also added to the Toronto sign.
The latest phase of the City's Toronto for All public education campaign coincides with Indigenous Peoples Day and aims to raise awareness about Toronto's Indigenous heritage.
The campaign features a land acknowledgment statement to help to honour First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
The celebrations are being continued at Fort York National Historic Site with the four-day Indigenous Arts Festival, which is on now through June 24.
Performances by Indigenous artists, traditional and contemporary music, dance, visual arts, crafts and food are the the main features of the festival.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Jun 19 (Canadian-Media): Indigenous Peoples Day would be celebrated by the City of Toronto with a Sunrise Ceremony on June 21 at 5:30 a.m. on Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., near the Indigenous flags on the east side of the Square, media reports said.
Proclamation for Indigenous Peoples Day would be read by Toronto Mayor John Tory and the event will be attended by Indigenous leaders and community members as well as City officials and staff.
Indigenous Peoples Day takes place annually on June 21 across Canada.
Following the passing of a unanimous motion in the House of Commons, June was declared National Aboriginal History Month in 2009,
On this day, the public is encouraged to recognize, not only the unique and important history, culture and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Canada, but also the strength of present-day Aboriginal communities and their promise for the future.
To show respect for the sacred and traditional protocols for ceremonies and Indigenous Peoples, video and/or audio recording of the Sunrise Ceremony will not be allowed .
The proclamation presentation, which immediately follows the Sunrise Ceremony may be filmed/recorded.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)