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WhereWeStand

About

In May 2023, CERC Migration embarked on its next multimedia storytelling collaboration WhereWeStand. The projrect brings together a cohort of Indigenous peoples and newcomers to co-create expressions of identity on the colonial construct of Canada, situated on Turtle Island. 

WhereWeStand pairs an Indigenous participant with a newcomer participant and supports their process towards creating a story that will be widely shared with a public audience. Participants may choose any form of expression – including dance, music, film, theatre or installation – to produce their creative work.

WhereWeStand invites participants to reimagine the Land that sustains and shelters Indigenous peoples and newcomers. WhereWeStand is the third iteration of the inaugural i am… project, which opened the door to the shared experiences of displacement, which fuels the expression that frames the creative outcome. Identity and belonging are not fixed but ebb, flow, and evolve as the land beneath us shifts…

  

The cohort

A co-hort of undergraduate and graduate students from across Canada were selected to participate. To be eliglble, participants either identify as an Indigenous person living on Turtle Island or a newcomer to Canada. 

CERC Migration is pleased to announce the following individuals who have been selected to participate: 

  • Andrea Baedak, White Rock, BC
  • Luísa Cruz, Toronto, ON
  • Andrea Curley, Ashdale, NS
  • Sarah Dennis-Kooji, Toronto, ON
  • Poornima Francis, Vancouver, BC
  • Izzeddin Hawamda, Winnipeg, MB
  • Christian Hui, Toronto, ON
  • Yanfei Lu, Toronto, ON
  • Aaron McKay, Minnedosa, MB
  • Nidhi Menon, Oakville, ON
  • William Monague, Midland, ON
  • Derek Sands, Walpole Island First Nation, ON
  • Deyowidron't Teri Morrow, Six Nations of the Grand River, ON
  • Maya Rose Simon, Toronto, ON

  

The process

The work is under development from May to August, 2023.  During the development of their work, the selected cohort is mentored in their creative process, and is guided on methods of storytelling and how to frame their narrative through multimedia. Additionally, they are contributing to investigations into land and identity with CERC Migration.

  

Project leaders

The project is led by Cyrus Sundar Singh, Research Fellow, and Anna Triandafyllidou, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, Toronto Metropolitan University.

Participants receive creative mentorship from Cyrus Sundar Singh and Nicole Lee. Cyrus Sundar Singh is a Gemini Award-winning filmmaker, scholar, and artist, and is, himself, an Indian immigrant to Canada. Nicole Lee is a proud member of Couchiching First Nation, a graduate student pursuing a PhD at Lakehead University, and is also a figure skater and filmmaker who participated in the inaugural i am… project.

Portrait of Nicole Lee

Nicole Lee

Portrait of Cyrus Sundar Singh

Cyrus Sundar Singh

Portrait of Anna Triandafyllidou

Anna Triandafyllidou

  

Significant dates

  • May 1, 2023: Project launch
  • May 2023: Workshops over four weeks 
  • June to August 2023: Producing/creating/process
  • September 2023: Post-production packaging/staging/prep for launch
  • February 2024: Premiere of all projects (Specific dates and locations TBA)

  

Media

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Omni News, June 21, 2023 - WhereWeStand participants search for their identity under the shadow of Canada's colonial history built on Turtle Island.

  

Contact

Please address all questions to Cyrus and Nicole via email at wwscerc@gmail.com.