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Towards May 5 Liberation / 5 mei bevrijdingsdag Artist talk & media arts installation by Irwin Oostindie

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Artist talk & media arts installation by Irwin Oostindie

Follow a Dutch youth’s 200km journey into hiding from Amsterdam’s Hongerwinter, eventually his life saved by Canadian soldiers on his sixteenth birthday on April 13, 1945.
71 years later, his sixteen year-old granddaughter revisits her Opa’s wartime route with the help of stories, archival images, social media, and live video streaming.

Join a public presentation exploring this media arts project (currently in development) which brings to life memory and archives for a new generation considering WWII, refugee and conflict issues. Today’s conversation will give voice to Elder’s carrying these memories, and consider digital strategies to bring archives and hidden stories to life for a new generation.

Irwin Oostindie is a Vancouver-based Dutch media artist researching occupation, settler and migration issues.

Sponsored by DUDOC and Consul General of the Netherlands.

Cover photos: (L) Leidschegracht, Amsterdam. January 21, 1945. 89924, NIOD; (R) Kijkduinstraat, Amsterdam, June 2015, Google Street View.

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Voices of Elders

April 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Join the ongoing movement for reconciliation and redress for our planet and communities. Kwi Awt Stelmexw and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (with support from the City of Vancouver), invite you to an intergenerational dialogue on reconciliation and redress.

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TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE
Hosts: Lisa Charleyboy & Ryan McMahon

ACT I
All Our Father’s Relations
Musqueam Welcome with Larry Grant
Squamish Welcome with Audrey Rivers
Tsleil-Waututh Welcome with Gabriel George & Children of Takaya
MCs welcoming
Grand Chief Stewart & Joan Phillip
Lee Maracle
George Leach

Intermission (silent auction, 50:50s, information)

ACT II
Children of Takaya – Chief Dan George Prayer Song (Coast Salish Anthem)
Ryan McMahon
Chief Robert Joseph
George Leach
THE RECONCILIATION MOVEMENT connects with younger generations to explore what reconciliation means for youth, our city and the planet, on this 46th Annual Earth Day.

Catch the brilliant words of Lee Maracle, one of the first Indigenous women published in Canada, hear the wisdom of Chief Bobby Joseph, laugh at the comedy of Ryan McMahon, love the intelligence gained from decades of struggle with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Joan Phillip, witness multimedia dance from Children Of Takaya, immerse yourself in the blues of Juno-winner George Leach, and hear the cutting-edge sounds of Indigenous DJs. [Read BIOS below]

Come on a journey exploring the true history of Vancouver and living cultural heritage of the Coast Salish Peoples.

A night to remember! artisans; displays + sponsoring organisations: contact@kwiawtstelmexw.com

Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KwiAwtStelmexw/
Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/kwiawtstelmexw
Visit the event on our website: https://www.kwiawtstelmexw.com/event/earth-day-2016/

#reconciliation #coastsalish #reconcileEarthDay

Join the Reconciliation Movement – Voices of Elders at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Fri April 22 2016 at 8pm

April 21, 2016 Leave a comment

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Kwi Awt Stelmexw and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, with support from the City of Vancouver, invite you to an intergenerational dialogue on reconciliation. VOICES OF ELDERS connects with younger generations to explore what reconciliation means for youth, our city and the planet, on this 46th Annual Earth Day.

Catch the brilliant words of Lee Maracle, one of the first Indigenous women published in Canada, hear the wisdom of Chief Bobby Joseph, laugh at the comedy of Ryan McMahon, love the intelligence gained from decades of struggle with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Joan Phillip, witness multimedia dance from Children Of Takaya, immerse yourself in the blues of Juno-winner George Leach, and hear the cutting-edge sounds of Indigenous DJs. [Read BIOS below]

Come on a journey exploring the true history of Vancouver and living cultural heritage of the Coast Salish Peoples. We will also be screening the trailer for “All Our Father’s Relations,” an upcoming film which chronicles the Grant family from Musqueam, plus “The Letter R ” reconciliation film by Hannah Leona with Kinnie Starr, courtesy of VIMAF.

Free PRE-SHOW for students and youth from 4-8pm in the QET Plaza hosted by comedian Ryan McMahon features Dialogue Circles on reconciliation strategies, as well as performances by Indigenous DJ’s and artists.  Participation in pre-show activities also includes a free diner and entry into the main event at 8pm. To register or for more information, emailcontact@KwiAwtStelmexw.com

TICKETS ///////

Youth/Children: $0
Adults: $19 / 39 + ticket & venue service charges.
OUTLETS: Banyen Books, Tickets Tonight box office (200 Burrard St), Spartacus Books, Highlife Records, Red Cat Records.
ONLINE http://www.ticketstonight.ca/includes/events/index.cfm?action=displayDetail&eventid=15009
Select ‘Will Call” for lowest service charges.
Phone orders (cost additional fees) 604-684-2787 or toll free 1-877-840-0457.
PATRONS – A special ticket is available including a pre-show Reception backstage for $99 available online or at Tickets Tonight box office.

All proceeds from the event will help three Coast Salish youth projects:
• Twenty-one Tsleil-Waututh youth are travelling to Aotearoa for Indigenous youth sharing;
• Kwi Awt Stelmexw is delivering language revitalization;
• Coast Salish Cultural Network is mentoring youth in digital storytelling.

A night to remember! Community and bulk tickets available; artisans; displays + sponsoring organisations: contact@kwiawtstelmexw.com

BIOS ///////////////

Lee Maracle
Lee Maracle is a celebrated Coast Salish author, poet, educator, storyteller and performing artist. She is one of the country’s first and most prolific First Nations’ writers. Among her novels are Ravensong, Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel and Daughters Are Forever. She is a descendant of Mary Agnes Joe Capilano, and granddaughter of Chief Dan George. She is an Instructor in the Aboriginal Studies Dept. at University of Toronto, cofounder of the En’owkin International School of Writing, and Cultural Director of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto. One of the foremost experts of Coast Salish Peoples and culture, she regularly mentors young people and speaks to audiences across Canada.

Chief Robert Joseph
Chief Robert Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation. As one of the last few speakers of the Kwakwaka’wakw language, Chief Joseph is an eloquent and inspiring Ceremonial House Speaker. He shares his knowledge and wisdom in the Big House and as a Language Instructor at UBC, from where he has an Honorary Doctorate of Law Degree. He is Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, Chairman of the National Assembly of First Nations Elder Council, Special Advisor to both Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Indian Residential School Resolutions Canada, Chairman of the Native American Leadership Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation and Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation with the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IFWP).

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
The Grand Chief has taken an active role in the defense of Aboriginal Title and Rights by readily offering support to Native communities in need. He is proud to be in his sixth three-year term as the President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. He has taken a personal approach across Turtle Island, standing with Elders and communities, and to Victoria and Ottawa and seats of colonial power. He served the Penticton Indian Band as Councillor for 10 years, as Chief for 14 years, and continues to serve as the Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. He is a husband, father and grandfather.

Joan Phillip
Joan Phillip is a former elected member of the Penticton Indian Band Council. Joan has more than four decades of political experience advancing Indigenous rights from the 1970’s Native Alliance for Red Power period to the present day. In her role with the Penticton Indian Band Council and as its Lands Administrator for more than ten years, she helped manage reserve lands and resources as a Nation-building exercise, and in a manner that protects them for future generations’ use and enjoyment. Joan is of mixed heritage including Okanagan and Tsleil-Waututh, and has been married for 31 years to her husband Grand Chief Phillip. They have four grown sons, two daughters, seven granddaughters and seven grandsons.

George Leach
Juno Award-winner George Leach is an artist in relentless pursuit of truth. His dedication to songcraft is evident throughout his career, nowhere more so than on his ‘Surrender’ album.
A mix of power and vulnerability, George’s lyrics evoke an unusual intimacy and are set to a vast terrain of sounds – touches of classic rock, balladry, and blues. He is in the service of a restless musical exploration and leaves audiences in awe across Turtle Island. In concert George disappears into the moment, chasing the promise of fleeting transcendence that music offers and taking us all with him. Don’t miss his closing set at the QET!

Children of Takaya
Children of Takaya was formed in the early 1950’s by Chief Dan George; from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Children of Takaya is a Coast Salish group with performances that include singing, dancing and storytelling. They are very active locally, nationally and internationally. Including festivals in Europe and throughout North America. The group is currently led by Gabriel George, who also serves as Manager of Culture for Tsleil-Waututh.

Ryan McMahon
Ryan is an Anishinaabe/Metis comedian, writer and actor out of Winnipeg. Armed with a degree in Theatre and graduate of Toronto’s prestigious Second City Conservatory, Ryan became the first native comedian to ever tape a one hour standup comedy special for CBC TV. Ryan’s storytelling comedy style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad and the ugly between Indian Country and the mainstream. He has had performances on CBC Radio and CBC TV, a special at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, and in 2014, Ryan recorded a new one hour national comedy show for CBC Radio called, “Red Man Laughing.” This live variety show format is currently in development for television. Ryan criss-crosses the country and is an active media commentator on issues from Idle No More to reconciliation.

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COAST SALISH PROTOCOL IN THE ARTS for 12th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 2015 in Vancouver on Nov 3 2015

November 3, 2015 Leave a comment


Panel Discussion
COAST SALISH PROTOCOL IN THE ARTS
Tuesday November 3, 2pm – 4pm
VIMAF/W2 Media Hub, 3rd floor, 877 E. Hastings
Free

Are you working in the arts and want to learn about Coast Salish protocol? Want to make “territorial acknowledgements” mean something? Learn about opportunities for non-Coast Salish artists to explore reconciliation and redress, while promoting Coast Salish culture and identity here in the Unceded Territory. Speakers: Charlene Aleck (Tsleil-Waututh), Khelsilem (Squamish), Columpa Bobb (Sto:lo/Tsleil-Waututh), and Irwin Oostindie (Dutch Settler). Presented by Heart of the City Festival and Coast Salish Cultural Network. Refreshments

This event was on  Day 7 of the 12 Days of the Heart of the City Festival. Please check the website for more events!

The 12th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 28 to Sunday November 8, 2015

Over 90 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com

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Visit the Heart of the City Festival website

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com

On page 29 of the Festival Program guide, there is a writeup on AHA MEDIA

AHA MEDIA for Heart of the City Festival 2014

The Festival is thrilled to partner with the DTES’s AHA Media to provide social media coverage (video/photos/blog) of the Heart of the City Festival. AHA Media gives voice to our local community and provides services for individuals and organizations to share their news and special events on a broader scale through social media. Founded in 2008 by local artists April Smith, Hendrik Beune, and Al Tkatch, AHA Media previously collaborated with Fearless City Media and has an ongoing working relationship with W2Community Media Arts and various other organizations and individuals in the DTES community. The members of AHA Media describe themselves as “definitely not mainstream media”. Based in Vancouver’s DTES, their style is described as non-invasive and unassuming.

Say Hello to AHA Media as they visit the Festival events. They will be happy to chat with you. Stay connected to the festival with AHA’s links – see photos/videos of the festival events you attended; take in a festival event you missed; or follow one festival event while you are attending another!

Follow AHA MEDIA on Twitter, Facebook,  Youtube and Flickr!

AHA MEDIA Twitter   @AHAMEDIA  @AprilFilms  

AHA MEDIA Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AHAMEDIA

AHA Media YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/AHAFilm

AHA Media Flickr Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/AHAMEDIA/sets

PANIC STARR for 11th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 2014 in Vancouver on Nov 6 2014

November 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Music & Media
PANIC STARR
Thursday November 6, 8pm – 11pm
Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender
Tickets at the door $15

Enjoy a night of great music and inspiring images from Indigenous artists as Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF) pulls the community together for a fall party! On stage: provocateur, rapper and singer Kinnie Starr and Bohemian-Métis pop artist Janet Panic. Live Stock Room: self taught electronic bass music DJ Kookum and guests. On screen: Haida Raid series Just Say No, inspiring stop-motion from Indigenous filmmakers confronting oil culture. Produced by VIMAF and Salish Coast LIVE. Presented by W2Media, Co-op Radio, Late Night with Savages, Think NDN, with the DTES Heart of the City Festival.

No guest lists; everyone’s a VIP tonight. Ticket includes appetizers, photo booth and door prizes! Advance tickets $12.50 – panicstarr.eventbrite.ca; at the door $15.

 

This event was on  Day 9 of  the 12 Days of the Heart of the City Festival.

The 11th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 29 to Sunday November 9, 2014

Over 90 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com

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Visit the Heart of the City Festival website

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com

On page 45 of the Festival Program guide, there is a writeup on AHA MEDIA

AHA MEDIA for Heart of the City Festival 2014

The Festival is thrilled to partner with the DTES’s AHA Media to provide social media coverage (video/photos/blog) of the Heart of the City Festival. AHA Media gives voice to our local community and provides services for individuals and organizations to share their news and special events on a broader scale through social media. Founded in 2008 by local artists April Smith, Hendrik Beune, and Al Tkatch, AHA Media previously collaborated with Fearless City Media and has an ongoing working relationship with W2Community Media Arts and various other organizations and individuals in the DTES community. The members of AHA Media describe themselves as “definitely not mainstream media”. Based in Vancouver’s DTES, their style is described as non-invasive and unassuming.

Say Hello to AHA Media as they visit the Festival events. They will be happy to chat with you. Stay connected to the festival with AHA’s links – see photos/videos of the festival events you attended; take in a festival event you missed; or follow one festival event while you are attending another!

Follow AHA MEDIA on Twitter, Facebook,  Youtube and Flickr!

AHA MEDIA Twitter   @AHAMEDIA  @AprilFilms  

AHA MEDIA Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AHAMEDIA

AHA Media YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/AHAFilm

AHA Media Flickr Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/AHAMEDIA/sets

 

 

 

West Coast Oil Pipelines Summit – Livestream today

April 19, 2013 Leave a comment
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  • This is a special invitation for you to watch the LIVESTREAM of today’s soldout Summit events (1-10pmPST) online http://www.livestream.com/w2media

    Today, with support from the Cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, Tsleil-Waututh Nation are hosting a conference designed to stimulate discussion, explore clean energy alternatives, and raise public awareness about the expansion of the Canadian tar sands and oil industry transportation infrastructure.

    PLEASE SHARE, TWEET, and REPOST! We encourage you to watch online today’s events and let your community know your opposition to the Kinder Morgan tarsands pipeline expansion. The program includes a Treaty Signing (1-2pm PST), and Summit (3:45pm-10pm PST) from the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver. Watch from your computer or mobile device: http://www.livestream.com/w2media

    As a community at the terminus of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and with all of the controversy surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, Tsleil-Waututh felt it was time to organize a large scale “meeting of the minds” to allow for intelligent, respectful and informed debate on the economic and renewable energy alternatives to oil sands expansion in BC.

    The Summit includes compelling speakers and discussion, and a special evening of Indigenous blues music and cultural sharing.

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    Please consider watching online today and learning about these important issues. Today’s events willalso be broadcast in a couple of weeks on W2TV (courtesy of ACCESS and Shaw Cable 4) throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.

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    Let’s build on the momentum and bring people together from various walks of life and sectors to voice our united voice!

    Say Yes to Beautiful BC – Say No to Kinder Morgan & Oil Sands Expansion

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    More Summit background: http://www.klahowya.ca/resources/919-oil-pipeline-summit-next-week.html

    LIKE the Tsleil Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tsleil-Waututh-Sacred-Trust-Initiative-Official-site/421409861240346?fref=ts

    LIKE Protect the Sacred on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ProtectTheSacred?fref=ts