Ka’nikonhrí:yo Gatherings: Alan Corbiere and Katsitsionni Fox

We are pleased to announce the next two speakers for the Ka’nikonhrí:yo Gatherings:

The Ka’nikonhrí:yo Gatherings connects cultural leaders to the Indigenous community in Toronto. Leaders who discuss identity, wellness, language revitalization, traditional arts, ceremony, and history, as well as issues that face our communities such as climate change and the environment, decolonization, reconciliation, and sovereignty. Through monthly presentations, based on each leader’s own distinct nation and culture, the gatherings strengthen, empower, and support our community members. Ka’nikonhrí:yo means to have a good mind in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk).

This Month’s Gathering: 

Anishinaabe Wampum and Treaty Teachings with Alan Ojiig Corbiere. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 7pm – 9pm
CSI Annex, The Garage, 720 Bathurst St, Toronto
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/277082162742712/

Cultural Leader

Alan Ojiig Corbiere, Bne doodem (Ruffed Grouse clan), is an Anishinaabe from M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island.  He was educated on the reserve and then attended the University of Toronto for a Bachelor of Science, he then entered York University and earned his Masters of Environmental Studies.  During his masters studies he focused on Anishinaabe narrative and Anishinaabe language revitalization.  For five years he served as the Executive Director at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF) in M’Chigeeng, a position which also encompassed the roles of curator and historian. Currently he is the Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program Coordinator at Lakeview School, M’Chigeeng First Nation, where he and his team are working on a culturally based second language program that focuses on using Anishinaabe stories to teach language.

Next Month’s Gathering: 

In partnership with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts we will present the film Ohero:kon – Under the Husk, followed by a Q&A with director and producer Katsitsionni Fox. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 2pm – 4pm
Jackman Hall, AGO, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/140348039831108/

Ohero:kon – Under the Husk

Ohero:kon – Under the Husk” is a documentary following the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S. / Canada border. They both take part in a four- year adolescent passage rites ceremony called Oheró:kon “Under the Husk” that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.

Director and Producer

Katsitsionni Fox, (Writer/Director/Producer) has been making films since 2003 in the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne, where she resides. Her credits include: Sacredly Stoked, a short drama related to the traditional uses of tobacco. This film was distributed across Ontario and partially funded by Cancer Care Ontario. She has also produced several short films that relate to domestic violence awareness and environmental awareness. Katsitsionni directed and produced the film “Ohero:kon – Under the Husk” a documentary following the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Katsitsionni received the Jane Glassco Award for Emerging Filmmaker at the imagineNATIVE Film Fesitival in 2016 as well as the Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking Award at LA Skins Fest in 2016.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts

imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. The organisation is recognised locally, nationally, and internationally for excellence and innovation in programming and as the global centre for Indigenous media arts. imagineNATIVE (legal entity: The Centre for Aboriginal Media) is a registered charity committed to creating a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures through the presentation of contemporary Indigenous-made media art (film, video, audio and digital media).

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