(Los Angeles, CA) - Stard Films’ multi award-winning short film Candy & Ronnie, written and directed by Pittsburgh native filmmaker Skyko, has been selected for the 2018 Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival. The director and his producer-wife Lucy Macedo will be in attendance for a Q&A.
Official Trailer: www.vimeo.com/229768086
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Toronto, Jun 18 (Canadian-Media): City of Toronto is adding a Medicine Wheel and a new vinyl wrap to the Toronto Sign in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, media reports said.
Toronto Sign reflects Toronto's Indigenous roots and diversity of its Indigenous communities and was initially installed at
Nathan Phillips Square in July 2015 for the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games and remains there due to popular demand.
The Medicine Wheel was chosen, in consultation with the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, as it is an emblem of North American Indigenous cultural values, tradition and spirituality.
Its four directions (east, south, west and north) symbolize completeness, wholeness, connectedness and strength.
The Medicine Wheel will be part of the sign through the Canada Day weekend and will return to Nathan Phillips Square in early October in advance of the Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS) Legacy Celebration.
(IRSS) Legacy Celebration produced by Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre would reportedly take place October 9 to 11 on Nathan Phillips Square, in collaboration with the City of Toronto.
The Medicine Wheel, a positive action for National Indigenous Day will be positioned before the sign's "T".
The vinyl wrap symbols will remain on the Toronto Sign until IRSS Legacy Celebration in October 2018 on Nathan Phillips Square.
"City initiatives like these and the Indigenous Arts Festival are helping to build a tradition of Toronto profiling the Indigenous experience, past and present, at some of the city's most accessible and prominent public locations," said Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Co-Chair of the City's Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee.
Indigenous artists from across Canada would showcase more than 30 performances in partnership with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation from June 21 to 24 to mark free four-day Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York National Historic Site and would feature traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, visual arts, crafts and food.
On June 23, the Indigenous Arts Festival will feature Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, (APTN)'s Indigenous Day Live, Canada's largest national celebration in recognition of Indigenous Peoples' accomplishments through cultural activities and live music.
A live national broadcast on APTN will feature concerts in Toronto, Winnipeg and Ottawa.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Canada's apology for residential schools translated into 7 Indigenous languages, 10 years after its delivery
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Ottawa, June 11 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today by Carolyn Bennett, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister that ten years after the delivery of Government's formal apology for residential schools by then-prime minister Stephen Harper on the floor of the House of Commons, the same has been translated into seven Indigenous languages, media reports said.
Carolyn Bennett. Image credit: Facebook page
Educational videos about this dark chapter in Canada's history -- highlighting the damage they did to Indigenous people through their efforts to compel Indigenous children to assimilate into mainstream culture -- will also reportedly be ready for use in schools, beginning this fall.
Bennett called it a "small step" on the path to reconciliation.
"This is being done not only because it's important for Indigenous people to hear these words in their own languages. It will also help further education on the destructive legacy of residential schools and help promote the languages that so many students and families lost as a result of these past experiences," she said.
"This is a linear relationship, and we have to be much better about dealing head-on with what that trauma has done and be ever watchful to make sure nothing (like it) can happen again," she said.
The apology has been translated into seven languages for distribution and posting online at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website. The languages are: Mohawk, Plains Cree, Western Ojibway, Mi'kmaq, Inuktitut, Dene and Algonquin
The survivors of residential school in Ontario had reportedly said the government has an obligation to improve living conditions for Indigenous people like clean water, good housing and good health.
On June 10, 2008, Harper admitted the policy that forced Indigenous children from their homes and families into church-run schools was wrong and caused great harm.
"The government of Canada sincerely apologizes and asks the forgiveness of the Aboriginal peoples of this country for failing them so profoundly. We are sorry," he said at the time.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, June 8 (Canadian-Media): The Calgary Public Library is partnering with First Nations on a $500,000 project devoted to bringing Indigenous art to the new building when it opens this fall, media reports said.
The Indigenous art project, said organizers, will ensure the representation of stories, history and culture of Treaty 7 and Metis communities in the new space.
The project is a partnership with the Indigenous Place Making Council (IPMC).
By collaboration with Indigenous communities, IPMC reportedly seeks to restore Indigenous presence to Canadian communities and to promote reconciliation and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
Indigenous people. Image credit: Wikipedia
IPMC ultimately aims to transform canadian communities, institutions and public spaces to better reflect the rich and diverse contributions of Canada’s founding peoples.
Unveiling of three permanent art exhibits would be done, in the first part of the plan, when the new Central Public Library opens in November
This would be followed by the addition of four more works in the future.
"Growing up an Indigenous person in an urban setting, I never saw my culture reflected in places we worked, lived and played," said Teneya Gwin, the Indigenous design leader for the new library said.
"So I feel this space, which is going to be an iconic space for Calgary — how beautiful would it be to have this rich, vibrant culture reflected in our urban space, but also as an education tool?"
Most of the half-million-dollar budget, Gwin said, will reportedly be dedicated to the artists and artwork.
A release from the library said that the commissioned artist or artist team will be required to "design, fabricate and install a public art feature that will create a strong and recognizable link to themes of diversity, inclusion and identity."
Gwin said that the library exhibits will be permanent and the library will also fund an artist in residence.
A display space for temporary exhibitions in the new library would also be funded.
"What our goal is for the artists is to collaborate with nation members, also urban Indigenous members, to get a feel of all the Treaty 7 Nations," said program assistant Jared Tailfeathers.
"We are asking for Treaty 7 artists to apply, most of all. But we're not discouraging anyone from outside of Treaty 7, any Indigenous person outside of Treaty 7 [is invited] to apply as well."
Recruitment of qualified Indigenous candidates in the library to serve on an eight-member art selection committee is being processed.
The committee would comprise of members of the library staff and one art consultant.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)