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Orange Shirt Day: WAAYDANAA (Now Is the Time)

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 16:30 to 18:00

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Join the Paul Martin Law Library's Sharing Circle for this virtual Orange Shirt Day event as they present the National Film Board films:

This Was the Time: When Masset, a Haida village in the Queen Charlotte Islands, held a potlatch, it seemed as if the past grandeur of the people had returned. This is a colourful recreation of Indigenous life that faded more than two generations ago when the great totems were toppled by the missionaries and the costly potlatch was forbidden by law. The film shows how one village lived again the old glory, with singing, dancing, feasting, and the raising of a towering totem as a lasting reminder of what once was.

WAAYDANAA - Now Is the Time: When internationally renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson was only 22 years old, he was instrumental in changing the history of his people forever. With help from his grandparents, his father, and his younger brother Reg, Davidson committed to carving the first new totem pole in Old Massett in almost a century.

On the 50th anniversary of the pole’s raising, Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter steps easily through history to revisit that day in August 1969, when the entire village gathered to celebrate the event that would signal the rebirth of the Haida spirit.

Now is the time is resplendent with animation, emotional interviews, and original footage shot by what was then known as the NFB’s Indian Film Crew, Now Is the Time captures three generations of Eagle and Raven clan working together to raise the pole in the old way, inching it higher and higher, until it stands proud and strong against the clear blue sky.

Speaker Biographies:

Cynthia Niioo-bineh-seh-kwe Stirbys, PhD is Saulteaux-Cree/Lithuanian from Treaty 4 Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan. In her PhD research about residential schools, Dr. Stirbys gathered stories from Indigenous women to learn how they cope with the legacy of residential schools and maintain wellness. Dr. Stirbys is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, UWindsor and her passion is to find ways to support increased prosperity and quality of life for Indigenous Peoples. 

Valarie G Waboose is an Anishinabe Kwe from Bkejwanong Territory (Walpole Island First Nation). She is a great-grandmother of 2, grandmother of 7 and mother of two daughters. She is a second-generation survivor of parents that attended Shingwauk Indian Residential School. Valarie completed her Ph. D. (Trent) entitled: Re-Living the Residential School Experience: "An Anishinabe Kwe’s Examination of the Compensation Processes for Residential School Survivors.”  Valarie is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law and teaches Indigenous Legal Orders, Reconciliation and the Residential School Legacy and Anishinabe Law Camp. 

This event is open to the public.

Location: Online (Blackboard Collaborate)




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