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Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 09:00 to Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 08:45

In partnership with Turtle Island Aboriginal Education Centre | University of Windsor, St. Clair College Indigenous Student Services, VUCAVU and Arts Council Windsor & Region proudly present: We are not a Phase: Indigenous Screening Series + Talks. This is the fourth collaboration between ACWR and the Turtle Island Aboriginal Education Centre to engage and gather the University community and those outside to experience film and discussions reflecting on Indigeneity and to honour community initiatives that are Indigenous led. This year we are proud to welcome St. Clair College and VUCAVU as collaborators with support from the National Film Board of Canada.  

We are not a Phase: Indigenous Screening Series + Talks are a series of four separate short programs that showcase a variety of film genres by primarily Indigenous Directors from across Turtle Island. The organizers assert that in this time what comes to mind is the connection to the land and the responsibility to the past and future generations. The films are grounded in the concerns of communities, pride, resiliency and memory. The discussion will involve community members with special guests who will be able to speak from their own perspective and worldview. The goal is to build relationships within the communities we occupy and to celebrate the artists who imagine a better future for their people.  

These programs are offered free of charge.


Rock Your Mocs is a selection of films celebrating Indigeneity and the beauty of having pride in one’s own culture. The films illustrate that it is women who lead in their communities to revive identities and cultural practices despite forced acculturation. The films showcase the artistry and the connection to family that is practiced through knowing the material culture.

The film selections are in concert with #RockyourMocs2020. Moccasins have always had an integral role in Indigenous fashion. The making of which has inspired makers and the popularity in mainstream fashion has led to the development of an international Indigenous run company, Manitobah Mukluks. Moccasins are understood as the original footwear across Turtle Island, however the word very generally means shoe and the styles are infinite. I am learning Huluniixsuw (speaking the  Lunaapeew language). It is commonly known as the Delaware/Munsee language and it is the grandfather language. The word for shoe is mahksun, when said aloud it sounds like the word moccasin and many in Algonquian language family have a similar sounding word. However, there is another word for moccasin, shoopeek. In the film Moccasin Stories (Charlene Moore, 2016), the significance of moccasins is shared and that moccasins have the power “to teach people who they are”. The film shares some of the teachings around the making and wearing of moccasins. 
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