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Woodward’s Indigenous Winter Market

November 29, 2012 Leave a comment

  • Our second year presenting a 4-day community festival and market supporting local artisans, artists, and performing artists with a focus on local Indigenous Peoples. We are also extending invitations to our non-Indigenous friends and neighbours in the inner-city to celebrate the creative talent and sharing and dialogue opportunities.Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement (ALIVE) in partnership with W2 Community Media Arts Society and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre are pleased to pres

    ent the 2nd Annual Woodward’s Winter Aboriginal Market.Supported by RayCam Community Centre, Inner-city Economic Strategy, Hastings Crossing BIA, BC Government & Services Employees Union, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF), and City of Vancouver’s Local Area Planning Process



    *subject to change

    Daily: Aboriginal Artisan Market, 11am-8pm

    Daily: Urban Screens NFB Winter Film Classics, 8am-10pm on the Atrium’s videoscreens
    winter classics from the video vaults of the NFB.

    Daily: Baking & Canning Workshops: Join us on Sunday in the cafe with Zoe and Karen to learn about making Christmas preserves and holiday baking. The cost is just $10-20 (sliding scale) for supplies and you get to leave with the delicious treats you make.


    ||||||||Wednesday, Dec 12: 7-9pm, HipHop Bingo featuring prizes and your cohosts JB The First Lady and Ostwelve


    ||||||||Thursday, Dec 13: 8pm, An Intimate Winter Evening with George Leach & guests. 19+ Combine one of Turtle Island’s premiere blues musicians, with an evening of beer tasting (courtesy of Scandal Brewing, Cariboo Brewing, and Pacific Western Brewing Company)


    ||||||||Friday, Dec 14: The Edward Curtis Project – Reading, 7pm, with hot chocolate & treats.

    Marie Clements Playwright’s Reading of ‘The Edward Curtis Project’ in advance of its Production
    at the National Arts Centre in Spring 2013. The work is based on the original production
    commissioned and produced by Presentation House Theatre.

    In 1930, photographer Edward Curtis’ landmark series, The North American Indian, recorded
    for posterity what he termed a “vanishing people”. Decades later, Metis/Dene playwright Marie
    Clements and Canadian documentary photographer Rita Leistner went in search of those
    same First Nations peoples and communities. Their three-year journey has become a visually
    stunning, thought-provoking drama. Present-day Aboriginal journalist Angelina – traumatized by
    chronicling the freezing death of three Native children – interacts with Curtis’ photo images and
    the controversial man himself, questioning the ethics of her work and assessing the collateral
    damage of being a witness.

    Marie Clements, is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, performer, director, and producer,
    and is Simon Fraser University’s Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer-in-Residence for Fall-Winter


    ||||||||Friday, Dec 14: 2nd Annual Holiday Hustle, Doors 9:30pm

    Some of Vancouver’s most celebrated electronic musicians and bands come together for this
    Beatroute Magazine fundraiser for W2 Community Media Arts Society. Lots going on including
    photo booth, artisan market, with performances by: Mandai, Vandettas, Bastet, Cherchez La
    Femme, Drugzndreamz, Frank Grimes, Andrew Van Hassel, Krusha vs Expendable Youth,
    Willisist vs Dubconscious, Woodhead, The Librarian vs Self Evident, HxdB vs Cure. $15
    advance, low-income DTES residnets receive discounted entry by calling 604-689-9896.


    ||||||||Saturday, Dec 15: Lifeskills’ PHS DTES Market is taking place adjacent to the Market, 12-5pm


    ||||||||Saturday, Dec 15: VIMAF presents Charlie Zone feature film with short, 7-9pm.

    Sunday, Dec 16: VIMAF Children’s Program in the NFB Studio Cinema, 12-2pm


    ||||||||Sunday, Dec 16: Community Carolling, 4-5pm with complimentary hot chocolate, cider and


Georgina Papin’s Vigil at Crab Park in Vancouver

September 22, 2010 2 comments

Friends and family members of Georgina Faith Papin gathered to honor her memory at Crab Park on Tuesday Sept 21, 2010

Georgina Faith Papin

March 11, 1964 – March 21, 1999

Internment on September 25, 2010 at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

To be buried next to her mother Maggie Alice Papin

Georgina was a woman who cherished her Native identity. Having two given names of “Little Feather and “Red Road Woman”, she arranged the naming ceremony for her oldest daughter, Kristina, in the summer of 1998. She was also a pow wow dancer. Her strongest passion was saved for her 7 children, which she was very active in their lives. She was an advocate, working with both elders and inmates.  Georgina was president of the Native Sisterhood at BCCW. Georgina was important to any community she was part of, leaving a legacy of honest sincerity.  Giving, supporting, kindness made up her personality, where friendship was important, and keeping a strong sense of integrity.

Vigil Agenda

September 21, 2010, Crab Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Opening Prayer:  Audrey Rivers – Squamish Nation

Dorothy Visser – Saddlelake First Nation

Opening Drum/Song:  Buffalo Spirit Drummers Group

C.J. Julien with Old Hands

Speakers:  Cynthia Cardinal

Alana Papin

Bonnie Fowler

Kristina Bateman Papin

Maggie De Vries  – Sister to Sarah De Vries

Sandra Ganon – Sister to Janet Gail Henry

Troy Boen ( son of Yvonne Boen – “The Denied 20″

Mabel Todd – Elder for Walk4Justice

Open Mic:   Honour the memory of Georgina Faith Papin

Closing Prayer: To Be Announced

Acknowledgement:  Amnesty International – Don Wright, Gloria Larocque, Battered Women’s Support Services, Marlene George, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Below is a photo and video of Christina Cardinal (sister of Georgina Papin) speaking

Kristina Bateman Papin – oldest daughter of Georgina Papin

Old Hands

AHA MEDIA filmed at DTES Smudge Ceremony 2010 at Main and Hastings in Vancouver

June 19, 2010 1 comment

The Downtown Eastside Smudge ceremony came to be through a vision and has been carried out by a very dedicated group of women. The Aboriginal Women’s Working Group is made up of traditional ceremonial women and men that work within organisations in the helping field. Over the past two times the smudge was carried out WAVAW took the lead to help with the organising of the ceremony, the working group has many partners and this year we are proud to say that the Pacific Association of First Nations Women is taking the lead with the organising. These women are taking leadership with the help of our men to bring this ceremony to the people to pray for the healing of the world and to bring an end to violence against women beginning with mother earth.

Each direction will have a youth to lead the way bearing the sacred flag, a traditional firekeeper bearing medicines to cleanse the sacred mother earth, one ceremonial man and women of each of the sacred races in the east yellow, the south black, in the west red, and north white. Also in each direction there will be four aboriginal ceremonial women and four aboriginal ceremonial men. These people are all known to the people as our helpers and healers. The drummers are also in ceremony and a sundance drum is used. The traditional people of these territories have given permission to do this work and all protocol of ceremony is followed for the entire ceremony from the first offering of tobacco to the closing.

Below are photos of the DTES Smudge Ceremony from an aerial view perspective

Below is a video of  Sacred Races in the west Red marching to Main Street in DTES Smudge Ceremony 2010 in Vancouver

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video or for additional footage, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or

Below is a photo of Jenny Kwan, MLA

***Additional photo and video footage of this event is available upon request***


Below are photos taken by Hugh Lampkin at National Aboriginal Day Celebration at Oppenheimer Park

Below is Rockin’ Randy giving a Big Smile

AHA MEDIA was pleased to meet Jadeon Rathgeber, Aboriginal Artist and Carver in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Saturday Jan 9, 2010

January 16, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was  pleased to meet Jadeon Rathgeber, Aboriginal Artist and Carver at Interurban Gallery  and Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts in Vancouver on Saturday Jan 9, 2010

See Jadeon Rathgeber’s story in his own words in Common Ground Magazine…

See more about Jadeon Rathgeber’s mother Pat Bruderer and The Ancient First Nation Art of Birch Bark Bitings & Transparencies


In this video, Jadeon Rathgeber introduces himself and his art show Make It Real at Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or


In this video, Jadeon Rathgeber speaks about his mother Pat Bruderer’s Birch Bark Bitings at Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or


In this video, Jadeon Rathgeber speaks about his art piece which represents his sister at Interurban Gallery in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or


See description of Jadeon Rathgeber’s art show in
Indn Arts ‘n Action Make it Real

January 7 to January 30, 2009

Wednesday to Saturday, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Interurban Gallery, One East Hastings, Vancouver…

Evening Events

January 19

To Honour Our Mother: Do Our Stories Lie with Farley Mowat

Matriarch and elder Ilse Schweder Bruderer Clements joins with her daughters and grandchildren to tell their stories and explore the consequences of story and historical manipulation and exploitation, with particular focus on the stories of Farley Mowat as they pertain to them. This is about setting the record straight in art and history.

January 20

Opening Night: Bruderer Fashion Show Musical Performances

Indigenous inspired fashions by Sandra and Pat Bruderer, as well as up and coming designer, 19 year old Heather Williams. Musical performances by Tara Willard and Camillia.

January 21

Birch Bark Biting: One of the Rarest and most threatened Indigenous art forms.

Pat Bruderer is one of the last remaining practitioners of this art form, bringing it to a level of articulation never before witnessed in history. Single layers of bark are painstakingly harvested, then folded and bitten with the teeth to produce elaborate stories and patterns. Discussions about history, traditional uses, as well as participatory demonstrations.

January 22

Hereditary and Traditional Perspective: Conversations on issues of the day

Come listen and participate in conversation with traditional peoples and spiritual leaders about the issues facing us all.

January 23

She Keeps The Door Sandra Bruderer & Splitting The Sky with John Boncore
In Conversation

This dynamic couple will be presenting their views and current work, including Splitting the Skys upcoming historic court case pertaining to the war crimes of George W. Bush, as well as readings from their book.

January 27

Make it Real: Authenticating and protecting indigenous art forms

Conversations with people involved in the indigenous arts movement discussing the recognition, authenticating, and support of First Nations arts and crafts. Panelists include Pat Bruderer, who as worked on this issue for years, and guest keynote presenters working on behalf of Norval Morrisseau, including: Gabe Vadas (Weekan) who was Norvals agent for 20 years; Bryant Ross of Coghlan Art who continues to represent Norval for over 20 years; and Mark Anthony Jacobson.

January 28

Food, Clothing, Shelter, Youth, Art

What does our future look like? Conversations surrounding our collective future, with particular focus on the necessities of life and the plight of todays youth, finding our way back to a meaningful existence. Jadeon Rathgeber will discuss his experiences and perspective from his own life, and will be joined by Thom Evans with analysis of the big picture.

January 29

Five Ring Circus: The Olympics portraying a false image of indigenous reality

Conversations exploring false images in promotion and culture, with particular focus on the Olympics and the realities facing indigenous peoples

January 30


Includes art by Mark Anthony Jacobson, Pat Amos, Jadeon Rathgerber, Cyrile Derrick
All events take place at the InterUrban Gallery at One East Hastings at 7:30 p.m

AHA MEDIA ‘s First “Holiday Themed” Film in Vancouver Downtown Eastside with LifeSkills Centre members

December 15, 2009 1 comment

AHA MEDIA began producing their first “Holiday Themed” Film  in Vancouver Downtown Eastside with  members of LifeSkills Centre – a drop in centre run by PHS


AHA MEDIA is thankful for the opportunity to make a film through great support from our Artistic Mentor Christoph Runne, staff at LifeSkills Centre and PHS who provides us space,  high end cameras and gear as well as ongoing training in Art, Media and Filmmaking! :)

Producing Short Satirical/Parody films is one of the reasons why AHA MEDIA came together in the first place! :) – To do positive community engagement while educating others on the social justice issues of our Downtown Eastside neighborhood

Lights, Cameras, ACTION! :)


In this photo is Andrew Lavigne with Hendrik Beune. Andrew is one of AHA MEDIA’s mentors

Andrew Lavigne is  also Directing a movie  which has AHA MEDIA as one of the story lines and includes great insights into social media, social justice, Vancouver Downtown Eastside and the Olympics!


In this photo, Hendrik Beune takes “roll call” with LifeSkills Centre members interested in acting


In this video are members from LifeSkills Centre getting ready for AHA MEDIA First “Holiday Themed” Film Shoot in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or


In this following photo is April and Hendrik  – in a serious moment before the camera! :)


In this photo, the cast reads their lines while April stands by :)


In this photo, Hendrik and Clyde of AHA MEDIA stand with Andrew Lavigne after being out in the cold weather to film our scenes!


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