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The Spirit Garden: A Space for Teaching, Learning, Sharing & Healing

October 27, 2021
10:00 AM EDT - 11:00 AM EDT

Event Description: 

The Spirit Garden is slated to open at Nathan Phillips Square in 2023. This 19,250 square foot Indigenous cultural space will honour Residential School Survivors and Indigenous cultural traditions. This event explores the logistics of creating the Garden (partners, key players, negotiations) and the importance of Indigenous place-making, allyship, reconciliation and resurgence in these projects. The All Nations Juniors Drum Group will open and close the session by playing honour songs. Organized by the Jack Layton Chair.

Speaker Bios:

Ken Moffatt

Professor Ken Moffatt is the Jack Layton Chair at X University, a cross-appointment between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Community Services. He aims to build community-oriented engagement at X University through a multi-disciplinary approach to opportunities to help students become involved in engaged citizenship. He is particularly interested in helping students find their voice, especially those who have been silenced through oppressive social relations. His research expertise includes examining the effects of neoliberalism and new managerialism on policy and education; community-based, culturally-focused social interventions; arts for social engagement; mechanisms of power contributing to social inclusion and exclusion; as well as critical reflective practice and pedagogy.

Theo Nazary

Theo Nazary is Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre’s strategic planner and a member of the Spirit Garden project team. A graduate of McMaster University and the University of Toronto with a professional certificate in Project Management, Theo has been involved in several large-scale academic research projects like the Impact of Digital Technology on First Nations Participation and Governance (McMaster university, 2015) and the Internet Voting Project for Ontario (UToronto, 2014). Theo's Doctoral studies explores the contemporary tensions, complexities, and contradictions in the relations between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state.

Performance by:

Council Fire's All Nations Juniors Drum Group

Council Fire’s All Nations Juniors Drum Group is a First Nations Pow Wow style youth drum group started 8 years ago to bring empowerment and identity to the youth. The All Nations Juniors Drum Group consist of youth that come from many different nations and communities across Turtle Island. These nations include Dakota, Ojibwe, Chippewa and Cree singers and drummers. The drum started with just one singer and now has many singers of all ages teaching each other new and old songs. All Nations Juniors Drum Group have been recognized as an honorable drum in our communities and continue to share their songs with people of all backgrounds.

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