Schedule, Interactive Activities, and Film Series
Panel Discussion at the
Collingwood Shipyards Amphitheatre

Friday, August 24: 7pm

Engage in a discussion on Indigenous awareness with esteemed guests Award winning actor/ producer Jennifer Podemski, Prime Ministers Youth Council member Riley Yesno, and Ojibway elder and Knowledge Keeper Glenn Trivett. Moderated by Michael McLuhan.

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Ojibway Interactive Drumming 
Saturday, August 25: 2pm and 4pm
Sunday, August 26: 1pm


Ojibway Interactive Drumming led by Glenn Trivett, Ojibway Elder & Knowledge Keeper.
Indigenous Craft Station
Saturday, August 25: 12-7pm 
Sunday, August 26: 1-4pm


Make your own medicine pouch, medicine wheel, or bracelet and learn about Sacred Medicines of the Anishinaabe people. By donation.
Sweatlodge Teachings with Robin O'Toole
Saturday, August 25: 11am-1pm
Sunday, August 26: 11am-1pm


Experience a genuine Sweatlodge and learn about the Healing properties of the Sweatlodge ceremony in this activation at the Mill Pond Rest Stop (across from The North Face Store). The sweat lodge is a meditative sauna, where water is applied to heated rocks to create steam in a pitch black environment. This is designed to reduce a person physically and mentally in order to enhance their emotional and spiritual states. A specially trained conductor leads participants through prayer, instruction and song, calling on the wisdom of the Creator, Mother Earth and the ancestors to help each person on their path of growth. 
Indigenous 150+ Film Series
Saturday, August 25: 11am and 3pm

Indigenous 150+ is a film and conversation series, dedicated to putting Indigenous voices centre stage and is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action. 
This series is presented in partnership with M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre, Good Influence Films, and the Blue Mountain Village Association, with support from Community Foundation Grey Bruce. 

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Cooking Demonstration with Chef Zach Keeshig
Saturday, August 25: 12-2pm

Learn a traditionally prepared dish made from locally sourced and foraged ingredients from Celebrity Chef and Presenter, Zach Keeshig. He'll be preparing a pear, wild sumac, cedar and wild ginger sorbet with a bannok doughnut.
Circles for Reconciliation
Saturday, August 25: 1:30-2:30pm

The aim of Circles for Reconciliation is to establish trusting, meaningful relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples as part of the 94 Calls to Action from the TRC. Listen to the conversation of this inaugural gathering at the Festival.

Broken Circle Presentation
From the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centers this 11/2 hour interactive workshop engages participants to experience the shared history and perspectives of Indigenous peoples through role-playing.
Sacred Run
Saturday, August 25: 9pm

The tradition of the Sacred Run involved sending a message, news or information from one community to another. Most often a single runner was sent, however when the distances were very great, several “pure men” might run a form of relay race. Today the restrictions have been lifted about who may participate in the run and anyone may take part, including non-Native people. Runners will begin in a sunrise ceremony at Neyaashiinigmiing (Chippewas of Nawash First Nation) on the Bruce Peninsula and arrive in the Blue Mountain Village on Saturday night after running 150km's in a relay along Georgian Bay. Runners include Michael Johnston, Chief Greg Nadjiwon, Saugeen Ojibway Youth, Nick Brindisi and other members of The Georgian Triangle Running Club. Please join us in welcoming everyone to the village in a ceremony on Saturday night!
Presented by Good Influence Films
Location: SMASH, 166 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains

 
Indigenous 150+ is a film and conversation series, dedicated to putting Indigenous voices centre stage and is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action. 
This series resented in partnership with M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre, Good Influence Films, Blue Mountain Village Association, with support from Community Foundation Grey Bruce. We are proud to be hosting these events in Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territory, home to Chippewas of Saugeen and Neyaashiinigmiing (Nawash), M├ętis and many other nations.

 
EMPIRE OF DIRT (14A) + Q&A       
Saturday 11am-1:15pm
Director: Peter Stebbings
Producer: Jennifer Podemski
Writer: Shannon Masters
Starring: Cara Gee, Shay Eyre, Jennifer Podemski


Going home was never an option for single mother Lena Mahikan (Cara Gee). But when her 13-year-old, Peeka (Shay Eyre) overdoses in the streets of Toronto, and attracts the attention of family services, Lena is forced to return home to her estranged mother (Jennifer Podemski) and face a life-long legacy of shame and resentment. Empire of Dirt is a story about second chances and summoning the power of family to soothe the pain of cyclical damage.
“I hope that if anything, people will walk away feeling like they’ve witnessed a new perspective that speaks to them on a deeper level," says Jennifer Podemski.
Join us for the film and a conversation with filmmaker/actor Jennifer Podemski. Empire of Dirt, is an award-winning film with 4-awards and 11 nominations, including a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Screenplay 2014.
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/221347006#at=1


FUTURE HISTORY: Reclaiming Our History, Harnessing Our Future (PG) + Q&A                 
Saturday 3pm-4:30pm

Director/Producer: Jennifer Podemski

Indigenous 150+ is thrilled to be offering a sneak peek to a brand new television series for APTN called Future History, about shifting the colonial narrative and celebrating the reclamation of indigenous knowledge and identity.
Future History follows two passionate, and polar opposite, Anishinaabe (Ojibway) hosts as they venture into their community to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous Knowledge and the movement of cultural revitalization.
For generations, across North America, Indigenous People have been reeling from the devastating effects of colonialism that has left children, language, ceremony and culture at risk. But today, a movement of reclamation and revitalization is being led by Indigenous People who are harnessing Indigenous Knowledge as a way to shift the colonial paradigm and build a brighter future for the next generation.
From Arts and Science to the Justice System, the resurgence of Indigenous Knowledge is stronger than ever. Future History is a journey of discovery through an Indigenous lens, a journey that will inspire and enlighten audiences of all ages.

Episode 1 - Origin Stories
22 minutes
Archaeologist/Artist Kris Nahrgang, and Dancer/Activist Sarain Carson Fox share their personal origin stories and talk about where they are at in their own journey of identity. After visiting Traditional Teacher Isaac Murdoch at Nimkii Aazhbikoong Culture Camp in Elliot Lake, Kris takes Sarain on an underwater diving exploration near his community in Lovesick Lake and Sarain brings Kris to meet her dad, Chief of the Eastern Doorway of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge Jim Dumont, in Shawanaga First Nation.

Episode 3 – Children
22 minutes
Kris and Sarain travel to the nation’s capital to speak with Child Welfare Activist Cindy Blackstock. They continue their journey at the Woodland Cultural Centre where Residential School Survivor Roberta Hill shares her experience from her time at the Mohawk Institute. Sarain and Kris are given a tour by Executive Director Paula Withrow and learn about the “Save the Evidence” program at the museum. They drive to Montreal to visit with 60’s Scoop Survivor and Throat Singer Nina Segalowitz and hear her story about when she was stolen from the hospital and adopted out.
Website: https://futurehistorytv.ca/#about
 

Panel Discussion at the Collingwood Shipyards Amphitheatre
Indigenous Changemakers and Success in Action
Engage in a fascinating discussion of Indigenous leaders, educators, filmmakers and rights advocates. They will showcase unique perspectives on the direction Canada is heading as it relates to Indigenous populations and their relationship to non-natives. Education opportunities, political will, alternatives to the Indian Act, the National Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action – share in this opportunity to join the discussion and chart your own reconciliation process.
 

Riley Yesno

Riley Yesno is an Indigenous woman from Thunder Bay, Ontario and Eabametoong First Nation currently attending The University of Toronto studying political science and Indigenous studies. Since 2017, Riley has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council working with 25 amazing voices in the country to draft Canada's first National Youth Policy. She is most passionate about Indigenous equity, and mental wellness. 



Jennifer Podemski

Jennifer Podemski is an award winning Film and Television Producer and Actor born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She is also founder of Redcloud Studios. A storyteller behind and in front of the camera, Jennifer still makes time for training aboriginal youth in film and tv, mentoring and holding self esteem workshops across the US and Canada. 




Glenn Trivett

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. Glenn currently works at M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre as their Cultural Resource Coordinator.


Michael McLuhan (Moderator)

Michael McLuhan has resided in the area near Owen Sound since 1986. He has been socially and politically engaged all of his life. In the Grey Bruce area, the divide between First Nations and non native populations has been a concern of his for many years.


 
Event Schedule
 
         Friday, August 24: Collingwood
TIME EVENT LOCATION
6:45pm Opening Prayer and Smudge Ceremony
Led by Ojibway Elder & Knowledge Keeper Glenn Trivett
Collingwood Shipyards Amphitheatre                   
7pm Panel Discussion: Indigenous Awareness
Engage in a discussion on Indigenous awareness with esteemed guests Award winning actor/ producer Jennifer Podemski, Prime Ministers Youth Council member Riley Yesno. Ojibway elder and Knowledge Keeper Glenn Trivett
Collingwood Shipyards Amphitheatre                                   
8pm                                      Live Music with DIGGING ROOTS
Juno-winning First Nations power couple SHOSHONA KISH and RAVEN KANATAKTA
Collingwood Shipyards Amphitheatre                                          
 
         Saturday, August 25: Blue Mountain Village
TIME EVENT LOCATION
10:30am Opening Ceremony
Led by GLENN TRIVETT, Ojibway Elder & Knowledge Keeper 
Coca-Cola Village Stage                                                      
11am-1pm                          Sweatlodge Teachings with Robin O’Toole
Experience a genuine Sweatlodge and learn about the Healing properties of the Sweatlodge ceremony
Beside Northwinds Brewpub
11am-4pm Elephant Thoughts Zoo Guts Polar Bear & Gut Hut
Educational and interactive family activity
Beside Northwinds Brewpub
11am-1:15pm      INDIGENOUS 150+ FILM AND CONVERSATION SERIES
See below for film series details
SMASH Nite Club
12-2pm Live Cooking Demonstration and Tasting with CHEF ZACH KEESHIG
Learn a traditionally prepared dish made from locally sourced and foraged ingredients
Coca-Cola Village Stage
12-4pm Indigenous Crafts: Medicine Wheel Teaching & Bracelet Making at the Tipi 
(by donation)
Water Street Bandstand
1-4pm
Indigenous Crafts: Make your own Medicine Pouch and learn about Sacred Medicines of the Anishinaabe people (by donation)
Events Plaza
1:30-2:30pm Circles For Reconciliation
Listen to the conversations and sharing of this inaugural gathering
Storytime Park
2pm Ojibway Interactive Drumming
Led by GLENN TRIVETT, Ojibway Elder & Knowledge Keeper
Coca-Cola Village Stage
3-4:30pm INDIGENOUS 150+ FILM SERIES & CONVERSATION SERIES
See above for film series details
SMASH Nite Club
3-4pm Interactive Activity: Broken Circle
From the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centers this 11/2 hour interactive workshop engages participants to experience the shared history and perspectives of Indigenous peoples through role-playing
Storytime Park
3pm Ojibway Interactive Dancing Coca-Cola Village Stage
4pm Ojibway Interactive Drumming
Led by GLENN TRIVETT, Ojibway Elder & Knowledge Keeper
Coca-Cola Village Stage
4-7pm Indigenous Crafts: Learn About and Make Your Own Medicine Wheel Button
(by donation)
Events Plaza
5-7pm Indigenous 101
An interactive discussion about the history of Turtle Island (North America) from an Indigenous perspective
Storytime Park
5-7pm Speakers Corner Share your thoughts! Events Plaza
7pm Live Music with Canadian Folk Music winner AMANDA RHEAUME Coca-Cola Village Stage
8pm Live Music with MIDNIGHT SHINE from Attawapiskat Coca-Cola Village Stage
9pm Sacred Run Welcoming Ceremony
Runners arrive in the Blue Mountain Village after running 150km’s in a relay along Georgian Bay from Neyaashiininimiing
Blue Mountain Village
 
         Sunday, August 26: Blue Mountain Village
TIME EVENT LOCATION
11am-12pm                             Interactive Activity: Broken Circle
From the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centers this 11/2 hour interactive workshop engages participants to experience the shared history and perspectives of Indigenous peoples through role-playing
               
Storytime Park                                                                                   
11am-1pm Sweatlodge Teachings with Robin O’Toole
Experience a genuine Sweatlodge and learn about the Healing properties of the Sweatlodge ceremony
Beside Northwinds Brewpub
11am-4pm Elephant Thoughts Zoo Guts Polar Bear & Gut Hut
Educational and interactive family activity
Beside Northwinds Brewpub
12pm Live Drumming, Singing and Dancing presented by Little Creek Singers Coca-Cola Village Stage
1-2pm Storytelling with Sabrina Sutherland
Learn about the early years of life in the northern Cree community Attawapiskat and also the beautiful poetry and songs that have been shaped by her experiences
Storytime Park
12-4pm Medicine Wheel Teaching & Bracelet Making at the Tipi (by donation) Water Street Bandstand
1pm Ojibway Interactive Drumming
Led by GLENN TRIVETT, Ojibway Elder & Knowledge Keeper
Coca-Cola Village Stage
1-4pm Indigenous Crafts & Learn: Make Your Own Medicine Pouch and Learn About Sacred Medicines of the Anishinaabe people (by donation) Events Plaza
2pm Live Drumming, Singing and Dancing presented by Little Creek Singers Coca-Cola Village Stage
2pm The Indigenous Journey
A unique digital and interactive experience to give Indigenous Youth a voice and teach the culture and perspectives of Indigenous peoples
SMASH Nite Club
2-4pm Indigenous 101
An interactive discussion about the history of Turtle Island (North America) from an Indigenous perspective
Storytime Park
3-4pm Short Film & Storytelling with Elder Shirley John
The Saugeen Ojibway Nation Water Walk. Short video and discussion of a prayerful journey of the people to uplift the Spirit of the Water and to maintain our relationship and responsibility to our First Mother, Shkikima Kwe, and all that She sustains
SMASH Nite Club


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