Indigenous Life Festival

Location: Blue Mountain Village
Date: Friday, 18 Aug 2017 - Sunday, 20 Aug 2017

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From August 18th to 20th, enjoy three days of free events, entertainment and activities celebrating the history and culture of First Peoples of Canada. 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Select a date below to view schedule.
 
Friday, August 18
6:30PM - Opening Prayer and Smudge Ceremony
Petun Room, Village Conference Centre​
Led by GLENN TRIVETT, Ojibway Elder & Knowledge Keeper
Glenn Trivett is an Ojibway knowledge keeper and medicine man.  He is a member of the Odawa Midewiwin medicine society.  He has traveled extensively throughout Ontario in initiatives related to Indigenous youth empowerment and healthy relationships.  Glenn has learned about Indigenous history from elders, anthropologists and his spiritual leader in Wikwemikong.  His unique presentation style and perspective leaves those he touches with a much stronger understanding of the issues and hope for the future.  Glenn currently works at M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre as their Cultural Coordinator.
 
6:45PM - Panel Discussion: Indigenous Awareness 
Petun Room, Village Conference Centre
DELILAH SAUNDERS, MICHAEL MCLUHAN, BRANDEN EMMERSON and LAURA ROBINSON.
Learn More>>
 
8PM - Live Music with LOGAN STAATS
Coca-Cola Village Stage​
Learn more about the Friday Night Indie Series >>
 
Saturday, August 19
9AM-7PM - INDIGENOUS 150+ FILM SERIES
Film Tent, Lift Plaza
Presented by Good Influence Films.
 
Indigenous 150+ is a film and conversation series that honours Indigenous culture, history and teachings and part of a movement to put Indigenous voices centre stage. View schedule >>
 
11AM - Opening Ceremony
Led by GLENN TRIVETT, Ojibway Elder & Knowledge Keeper
Coca-Cola Village Stage
Glenn Trivett is an Ojibway knowledge keeper and medicine man.  He is a member of the Odawa Midewiwin medicine society.  He has traveled extensively throughout Ontario in initiatives related to Indigenous youth empowerment and healthy relationships.  Glenn has learned about Indigenous history from elders, anthropologists and his spiritual leader in Wikwemikong.  His unique presentation style and perspective leaves those he touches with a much stronger understanding of the issues and hope for the future.  Glenn currently works at M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre as their Cultural Coordinator.
 
11AM-12PM - Interactive Drumming and Dance
Led by GLENN TRIVETT, Ojibway Elder & Knowledge Keeper, and PAUL NADJIWAN, Elder from Neyashiingiming First Nation
Coca-Cola Village Stage
Paul Nadjiwan is a respected drummer and elder from Neyashiingiming First Nation.  His work has taken him all across Ontario including the Lake of the Woods, Thunder Bay and Manitoulin where he has learned from the most respected elders in the Anishinaabe world.
 
11AM-5PM - Elephant Thoughts
Event Plaza
Educational crafts and interactive family activities.
 
12-4PM - Seven Grandfather Teachings & Stone Painting Activity at the Tipi (by donation)
Water St. Bandstand
The Seven Teachings are principles of living a good life: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth. Anishinaabe people, individually or with the help of an elder, use them as a means of how to build healthy relationships. When people live by these principles they live in harmony with the Creator and Mother Earth.
 
1PM - Cooking Demonstration with CHEF ZACH KEESHIG
Coca-Cola Village Stage
Owen Sound-based Chef Zach Keeshig attended Georgian College’s Culinary Arts Program before completing an apprenticeship under local chef Tim Johnston (Cobble Beach).  He has since worked in restaurants such as Michael Stadtlander’s Eigensinn Farm (Singhampton) and Langdon Hall (Cambridge). Zach most recently opened a pop-up fine dining experience at the Owen Sound and District Farmer’s Market that showcased locally sourced and foraged foods in a seven-course tasting menu. This won him an award through the City of Owen Sound. In his spare time Zach enjoys reading, recipe testing and teaching his children about local and foraged foods.
 
1-4PM Creation Station: Medicine Pouches (by donation)
Event Plaza
 
2PM, 3PM - Interactive Youth Drumming
Coca-Cola Village Stage
 
4PM - Ojibway Interactive Dance
Coca-Cola Village Stage
 
4-6PM - Indigenous 101
Storytime Park
An interactive discussion about the history of Turtle Island (North America) from an Indigenous perspective. The facilitator will outline the ancient history of this land and the migrations of its nations. Colonization and settlement, along with the formation of treaties will be explained. The Indian Act and residential schools era will be outlined to put modern struggles into perspective. Participants will leave with a much deeper knowledge of the issues and hope for the future.
 
4-7PM - Creation Station: Make Your Own Medicine Wheel Button (by donation)
Event Plaza
 
7:30PM - Live Music with LOGAN STAATS
Multi-instrumentalist Logan Staats started writing and performing music in his early teens. He has since been awarded Best Folk/Best Producer at the Indigenous Music Awards, Best New Artist at the Native American Music Awards, Best Folk 2016 at the Indian Summer Music Awards, and Best Rock 2015 at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards.
 
8PM - Headliner: DON BURNSTICK Comedy Show
Coca-Cola Village Stage
View biography >>
 
Sunday, August 20
9AM - 7PM - INDIGENOUS 150+ FILM SERIES
Film Tent, Lift Plaza
Presented by Good Influence Films.
 
Indigenous 150+ is a film and conversation series that honours Indigenous culture, history and teachings and part of a movement to put Indigenous voices centre stage. View schedule >>
 
10-11:30AM - Kairos Blanket Exercise
Event Plaza
Experience the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Recommended for youth 13+ and adults.
 
11AM-5PM - Elephant Thoughts
Event Plaza
Educational crafts and interactive family activities.
 
12PM - Interactive Youth Drumming
Coca-Cola Village Stage
 
12PM-2PM - Storytelling with ELDER SHIRLEY JOHN
Storytime Park
“Strong White Buffalo Woman” member Loon/Grizzly bear of the Chippewa’s of Saugeen along the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. 50% Ojibway 50% Mohawk, if you encounter this little spunky lady, you’ll know her favorite saying is “Each and Every Day” knowing this grandmother lives for peace for all of humanity each and every day. Chi- Nokomis (Great Grandmother) has the youngest spirit of life and woman devoutly of prayer has given her the reputation of being humble, peaceful, kind and charming of all people and beings of Turtle Island. Attending the Spanish Residential School of Northern Ontario, first-hand knowledge of the impacts of these times had shaped her life and values.  Shirley hung on and continues to be fluent speaker of the Anishnaabe language and carrier of ceremonies, welcoming all nations to share. You will also find this petite glowing white haired lady at local Zumba classes dancing her heart out, swimming at the local pool, pumping weights at the gym, or with her newest interest kayaking down the Saugeen River. She speaks through her interactive teachings sharing her passion of the love of creation and her love and dedication for the water to numerous organizations and conferences throughout Turtle Island. Over the years she has been a visiting elder with many organizations throughout Canada and U.S. sharing spiritual guidance, and traditional teachings and a long-time friend of the friendship movement. Yearly you will find Nokomis out walking on rocky dusty roads.
 
12-4PM - Seven Grandfather Teachings & Stone Painting Activity at the Tipi (by donation)
Water St. Bandstand
The Seven Teachings are principles of living a good life: Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth. Anishinaabe people, individually or with the help of an elder, use them as a means of how to build healthy relationships. When people live by these principles they live in harmony with the Creator and Mother Earth.
 
1-4PM - Creation Station: Medicine Pouches (by donation)
Event Plaza
 
2PM - Interactive Youth Drumming
Coca-Cola Village Stage​
 
2-4PM - Indigenous 101
Storytime Park​
An interactive discussion about the history of Turtle Island (North America) from an Indigenous perspective. The facilitator will outline the ancient history of this land and the migrations of its nations. Colonization and settlement, along with the formation of treaties will be explained. The Indian Act and residential schools era will be outlined to put modern struggles into perspective. Participants will leave with a much deeper knowledge of the issues and hope for the future.
Produced by Lisa Farano. View biography >>
 
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS​
 


Acclaimed comedian Don Burnstick performs his highly acclaimed comedy show "You Might be a Redskin - Healing Through Native Humour". View biography >>

Engage in a discussion on Indigenous awareness with esteemed guests Delilah Saunders, Michael McLuhan, Branden Emmerson and Laura Robinson. Learn more >>


Indigenous 150+ is a film and conversation series that honours Indigenous culture, history and teachings and part of a movement to put Indigenous voices centre stage. View schedule >>


Multi-instrumentalist Logan Staats started writing and performing music in his early teens. He has since been awarded Best Folk/Best Producer at the Indigenous Music Awards, Best New Artist at the Native American Music Awards, Best Folk 2016 at the Indian Summer Music Awards, and Best Rock 2015 at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards.


Owen Sound-based Chef Zach Keeshig attended Georgian College’s Culinary Arts Program before completing an apprenticeship under local chef Tim Johnston (Cobble Beach).  He has since worked in restaurants such as Michael Stadtlander’s Eigensinn Farm (Singhampton) and Langdon Hall (Cambridge). Zach most recently opened a pop-up fine dining experience at the Owen Sound and District Farmer’s Market that showcased locally sourced and foraged foods in a seven-course tasting menu.