Aug. 22 & 23: Ottawa Launch of Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations – Vol. 2

Please spread the word widely and invite your friends and colleagues to join you!
Come Celebrate the Launch of this Amazing Collection of Writing and Visual Arts!
 
7:00 pm Thursday, August 22
2nd FLOOR, 251 BANK ST. OTTAWA
Double book launch with Louise Vien’s new children’s book “Welcome to the Roubabbou Collection”!
Hosted by the Sound of My Heart Collective 
Sponsored by Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa & 25OneCommunity
 
6:00 pm Friday, August 23
1155 LOLA ST @ COVENTRY RD. OTTAWA
Hosted by Minwaashin Lodge Culture Program
Wheelchair Accessible
OC TRANSPO BUS #18 
Parking Available in the front & back

Everyone is Welcome!

 
Local Artists: Angela Ashawasegai, Roberta Donna Della-Picca, Louise Vien and Zainab Amadahy will be attending to talk about their work that is part of this amazing collection. Louise Vien will be present only on August 22. She will also launch her recent published book “Welcome to the Roubabbou Collection“, a children’s book, with us. 
 
Join us for some drumming & refreshments while showing community support. There will be a draw at both events!
 
Books will be available for purchase.
 
** This is part of our multi-city launch in late summer and early fall 2013 in cities including Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto, Peterborough, Ottawa and Manistee (Michigan, US).
 
Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations – Vol. 2 is a collection of creative writings and visual arts by Indigenous women alongside their allies from many nations across Turtle Island (North America). It is made possible by 62 writers and artists reflecting and sharing their lived experiences with regards to their relationships with the land, birth mothers, families, communities, and themselves. This anthology is available online and can be found at http://thesoundofmyheart.weebly.com/.
 
“Welcome to the Roubabbou Collection” series by Louise Vien contain 13 tiny books. It is a child’s first Métis French word book, ideal to stimulate his or her thirst for learning. Each page is entirely in colour with familiar cultural Métis objects to help promote our ancestors vocabulary for the next generation.This collection of books is a great educative resource for children between the ages 2  to 11. It introduces the child to an old variety of phonetic French spoken by the Métis of the 18th and 19th century of which is still spoken today. This particular French is also at the origin of the the Mitchif language seen mostly in western Canada (mix language of French and Cree). For more info: http://metistraditions.com/.
 

About the Sound of My Heart Collective:
 
The Sound of My Heart Collective is an initiative of a small group of women from diverse backgrounds based in Ottawa, Ontario on unceded Algonquin Territory. Our mandate is to carry out Honouring Indigenous Women project, which is to publish the productions of Indigenous women and their allies through the arts of storytelling, poetry, painting, drawing, photography, and sound. Its objective is to raise awareness about protecting and honouring Indigenous women and strives to put an end to all forms of violence. It offers a space to deepen our understanding of Indigenous women on Turtle Island (North America), to put Indigenous women’s voices, experiences and realities front and center, and to foster strong solidarity between native and non-native communities. It is a solidarity initiative to support the existing efforts of Indigenous women. Website: http://thesoundofmyheart.weebly.com/.
 
About Minwaashin Lodge – An Aboriginal Women’s Support Centre:
 
Minwaashin Lodge provides a range of programs and services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and children (regardless of status) who are survivors of domestic and other forms of violence, and who may also be suffering the effects of the residential school system. All programs and services are provided in the context of cultural beliefs and values to ensure a holistic approach is used as part of the healing journey. Website: http://www.minlodge.com/,
 
About 25OneCommunity:
25One is a collaborative, shared workspace for groups and individuals engaged in progressive social and cultural missions. We offer groups shared office spaces and facilities in a dynamic work environment, for non-profit organizations, social entrepreneurs, freelancers and consultants. Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/25onecommunity
 

** We are still seeking funds to print and carry out our multi-city launch. Please support our work and donate generously, if you can! Here is the link to make donations: http://thesoundofmyheart.weebly.com/donate.html.
 
Thank You, Chi Miigwetch.

Fundraising campaigns: Book, Film, Website Magazine

Greetings / ahneen / kwey kwey,

Today we are sending out information about three fundraising campaigns.

We hope you will take a look at them, and consider seeing if you can
support, and also if you can spread the word, to help these worthwhile
projects.

Miigwetch!

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QUICK LINKS:

Book: Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations v2
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-launch-of-honouring-indigenous-women-hearts-of-nations-vol-2

Film: The Sixties Scoop: A Hidden Generation documentary
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-sixties-scoop-a-hidden-generation-documentary–2

Website magazine: Intercontinental Cry – People Land Truth 2013
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/people-land-truth

… more info on each follows:

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Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations vol2 book

We are seeking funds to print 800 copies of this book in preparation for a
multi-city launch of this anthology for an Autumn 2013 release which
includes Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto, Peterborough, Ottawa and
Manistee. These launches will reach more people to whom we also would like
to share the wealth of knowledge and inspiration this book offers to
empower all peoples to tell and share their stories.

When the Honouring Indigenous Women campaign was launched in 2011, many
Indigenous women praised this initiative as it was creating a place for
Indigenous women’s voices while offering a complimentary space to allies
and alliances. Indigenous women recognized the importance of this space as
their voices were not marginalized or on the peripheral. As we have
learned, the mainstream media often reinforces stereotypes and patriarchal
thinking towards Indigenous women in their stories, and often does not
portray the whole picture.

This anthology is a re-presentation of Indigenous women by Indigenous
women by  sharing lived experiences, realities and offering unique
perspectives of each contributors’ worldview.

It is a celebration and a practice of freedom for both its creators and
readers.

Fund it: http://igg.me/at/HIW-vol-2
Website: http://thesoundofmyheart.weebly.com/

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The Sixties Scoop: A Hidden Generation documentary film

Q&A with Filmmaker, Colleen Cardinal

Q. Why did you embark on this project?

A. There needs to be an awakening in Canada to the realities of Indigenous
peoples—especially us telling our own stories to raise awareness, educate
and support our own healing journeys. My lived experiences include being
caught up in a deliberate attempt at cultural genocide—death by social
policy. When I first learned there were thousands of adoptees that went
through similar experiences of cultural loss, loneliness and abuse as I
did, I wanted to support them and make sure their stories were validated
and shared.

We will share what it was like to grow up in non-Indigenous families,
without their culture, language, lands, identity and relations. This
deliberate attempt at assimilation of Indigenous people in Canada and
enforced federal policy through Children’s Services or Children’s Aid
Societies left the survivors feeling disconnected from themselves and
their people. Robert Commanda will also lend his voice and insights about
a class action lawsuit against the Ontario provincial government that he
has been fighting in the courts for the past four years. The documentary
will also include my son Sage Hele, who will speak about how
inter-generational trauma, abuse and discrimination shaped his own life. I
am grateful to those involved with this project for their resilience,
passion and openness to sharing their stories and healing journeys.

Q: Why is this documentary so important NOW?

A: I feel this is important because of the growing need for understanding,
awareness and education for mainstream Canadian audiences. The Idle No
More movement and the resurgence of Indigenous culture and awareness has
Indigenous people asking questions and awakening their need to reclaim
their identity. I also feel this documentary needs to be shared so that
other 60′s Scoop survivors know they are not alone.

Fund it: http://igg.me/p/456883
Film website: http://ahiddengeneration.wordpress.com
Videos of speakers from trailer launch / community gathering:
http://equitableeducation.ca/2013/the-sixties-scoop

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People Land Truth 2013 – Intercontinental Cry magazine

Intercontinental Cry (IC) Magazine needs your help. As an independent,
volunteer-run magazine, we are proudly funded by our readers; however, we
are currently facing some financial difficulties that threatens the
continuation of our work, including the publication of our 9th anniversary
magazine, PEOPLE LAND TRUTH 2013

Now in its 9th year online, Intercontinental Cry (IC) is one of the only
grassroots online publications dedicated to the world’s Indigenous
Peoples. So far we’ve written stories for 497 Indigenous Nations in 190
countries; authored 74 monthly reports and highlighted more than 400
outstanding videos and films. What’s more, we’ve done it all for free.

In an effort to highlight some of our work, we decided last June to bring
the best of IC to paper with an anniversary magazine called PEOPLE LAND
TRUTH (PLT).  In the spirit of sharing, we made an eBook version that was
free to the public; the print version, meanwhile, was available for a
modest donation. We did the same thing six months later with INDIGENOUS
STRUGGLES 2012: DISPATCHES FROM THE FOURTH WORLD, our first annual
briefing on the global indigenous movement.

Fund it: http://igg.me/at/people-land-truth
Alt fund it: http://intercontinentalcry.org/donate/
Website: http://intercontinentalcry.org/
Publications: http://intercontinentalcry.org/publications/

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