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Canoes, Colonialism and Reconciliation

June 4, 2018 — 

The University of Manitoba and its partners are hosting two events focusing on canoes and reconciliation; the first is a screening of two films, the second is a lecture at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. movie poster

The films

Please join us on Friday, June 8, for a screening of two films about canoes, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Derrick LaMere and Hillary Beattie. 

United by Water (Derrick LaMere, 2017, 56 min)
The 5 tribes of the Upper Columbia River unite on the water in traditional canoes for the first time since the Grand Coulee Dam flooded their traditional waterways 76 years ago.

GLWA: The Resurgence of the Ocean-Going Canoe (Vina Brown and Hillary Beattie, 2017, 46 minutes)
A group of Heiltsuk youth paddle down the coast of Washington State to honour the invitation of ancestral groups of the Nisqually Tribe for Tribal Journeys 2016. Over a period of twelve days, youth learn and revitalize their cultural songs, dances, stories, language, teachings, and other traditions.

What: Film screening
When: Friday, June 8, 7 p.m.
Where: Dramatic Arts Centre, 585 Ellice Ave

The lecture

Bruce Erickson, assistant professor in the department of environment and geography, has organized a panel discussion featuring Indigenous community leaders speaking about what how canoeing can be a practice of reconciliation. The discussion will take place at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on June 10. 

What: Panel discussion, “Canoes, Colonialism and Reconciliation”
When: Sunday, June 10, 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation on Level 3, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Cost: Free with admission

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