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Seeking Voice: Weaving Reconciliation and Geography with Rosemary Georgeson

  • Greenest City 87 Milky Way Toronto, ON, M6K 3L4 Canada (map)

lead by Making Room Community Arts

Youth Workshop : SEEKING VOICES

What does this word mean to you?
What does it mean to you as First People of this land?

This workshop, for youth 15-35, are designed to take place over two
days, with a 2 hour workshop on each day. (please note: length can be adjusted.)
Youth will:
- reflect on what reconciliation and decolonization means to them
and their community;
- develop a slide-show of personal and family images that reflect
the people and the community of their territory; and curate a
play-list of songs that reflect youth voices.
This content will then be witnessed by the audience during the pre-
show activity before the performance.

Community Workshop :OUR WAY

What does this reconciliation mean to you?
What does it mean to you personally?
What does it mean to you as a First People or Settler of this land?
Does it take you on a personal journey?

This two hour workshop begins with a Talking Circle and then moves
into creative writing exercises in which the participants express their
thoughts on what reconciliation and decolonization looks like to them
and their community.

 

ROSEMARY GEORGESON has a passion for bringing youth, elders and ancestors together through storytelling and cross-cultural connections. A Coast Salish and Sahtu Dene storyteller, playwright and filmmaker, her stories are deeply rooted in her family’s long history on Galiano Island. Georgeson has been recognized for her collaboration and sharing of stories with the award-winning play and CBC radio documentary Women in Fish, and her continued involvement as storyteller and writing group organizer for women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Rosemary has been Community Engagement Facilitator for The Squaw Hall Project (Oxygen Theatre) in Williams Lake, the Storyteller in Residence at The Vancouver Public Library in 2014, facilitator for the From Where We Speak Project, and A Community Remembers where she worked with 1st Nation youth on and off reserve to create and perform their own stories.

JULIA SIEDLANOWSKA was born and is currently living as a theatre maker on unceded Coast Salish Territories. She has worked with companies such as Pacific Theatre, The Only Animal, The Arts Club, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Cultch, Rumble Theatre, and Classic Chic Productions. Julia was the volunteer coordinator for the Talking Stick Festival and community liaison for MACHiNENOiSY Dance Societies PROX:IMITY RE:MIX, a multi-media dance project for queer youth. This summer she participated in Talking Treaties with Jumblies Theatre in Toronto, deepening her passion for community engaged arts. Recently, she co-created and directed a theatre piece for The Only Animal’s Generation Hot: Waterborne in collaboration with five youth artists.  Julia is also currently working with artist Kat Norris on TRACING HISTORIES body mapping and personal history and memory project.

Contact information

Rosemary Georgeson, r.georgeson3@gmail.com  / Julia Siedlanowska, siedlanowskaj@gmail.com

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