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Niigaani-Gichigami Water Festival

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The NIIGAANI-GICHIGAMI WATER FESTIVAL is organized by Biidaaban at 40 Oaks, the Niigaani-gichigami Collective, Saint James Cathedral, and Toronto Urban Native Ministry

Great Soft Power Exhibit

On display in St. James Cathedral
May 2017

“Great Soft Power is a meditation on the simultaneous soft power and vulnerability of fresh water, looking to three of the Great Lakes as sites.” – Mary Tremonte, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative

This art exhibit highlights issues around the Great Lakes, featuring artwork from the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and will be up in St James Cathedral during the month of May.

“These freshwater reserves are arguably the greatest natural resources in North America, and are increasingly vulnerable to extraction by private corporations, such as Nestle and Coca Cola, invasive species such as the zebra mussel, and pollution from industrial and fossil fuel extractive processes. Communities such as Detroit and Flint are in a crisis as water is privatized and polluted, while indigenous communities such as Grassy Narrows continue to be vulnerable to corporate pollution with impunity… This zine, created initially for an exhibition at Elastic Arts in Chicago this September, expands on graphics generated for Wellspring, a new Justseeds portfolio celebrating water, and information about these intertwined struggles that connect us all through this most basic element of life. It includes graphics from Ryan Hayes of radical Design School, Josh MacPhee, Erik Ruin, Sanya Highland, Bec Young, and Dylan Miner.” -Mary Tremonte

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Pimatisiwin Nipi (Living Water): Access to Clean Water in Pikangikum First Nation

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Did you know that at least 1 in 4 people living on First Nations reserves lack access to clean water (Council of Canadians, 2016)?

The Niigaani-gichigami Collective, St. James Cathedral, and The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund will welcome Dean Owen, Chief of Pikangikum First Nation and council member Jeffrey Strang to host a presentation on how we are working together to respond to the clean drinking water crisis in Pikangikum. All are welcome, this event is free and open to the public, taking place from 7:00 – 8:30pm Thursday, May 4 in the Lecture Room of the St. James Cathedral Centre.

Niigani-Gichigami Gratitude Walk

Saturday May 6, 2017

All are welcome to meet at the waterfront, at the bottom of Sherbourne St. in Toronto for a interfaith/cultural service of gratitude for Niigaani-gichigami/Lake Ontario. Opening prayers will be led by an Indigenous Elder, prayers and words will be offered by faith leaders, and we will walk towards St James park at Church and King St. for a Halal BBQ, live music, and artistic activities for all ages.

How do we live in right relationship with Niigaani-gichigami/Lake Ontario? All are welcome to join us for this interfaith/cultural offering of gratitude at the shores of Niigaani-gichigami.

H2O Opus 8 Concert

Wednesday May 17th, 2017
Trinity College Chapel, 6 Hoskin Ave.

Opus 8 comprises eight of Toronto’s finest ensemble singers, dedicated to musical excellence in the pursuit of sharing the best choral music with the widest audience possible. Their repertoire covers the breadth of history, from unpublished 14th century chansons and 17th century partings to 21st century jazz arrangements. Silly and serious, sublime and audacious, Opus 8’s vision is an ambitious and compelling venture into spreading their love of music making at an internationally high standard.”

“This is no mere offering of sea shanties, but a phantasmagoria of all things aquatic, shipwrecked and watery. Opus 8 will be taking you through a historic journey from the rivers of Babylon and the river Jordan to the torrents of summer and the tears of unrequited lovers. Row, row, row your boat to Toronto and check them out. Free admission.”

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Lecture: Sacred Waters: The Flow from Commodity to Gift

Wednesday May 24, 2017

6:00pm Service of Light and Evensong in the Cathedral
6:30pm Light Supper (Cathedral Centre)
7:00pm Lecture (Cathedral Centre)

Dr. Stephen Scharper is a celebrated environmental ethicist and theologian at the University of Toronto. His writing focuses on issues related to water and extraction in Southern Ontario. All are welcome, donations accepted.

Lecture: Grief, Healing, and Water

Wednesday May 31, 2017

6:00pm Service of Light and Evensong in the Cathedral
6:30pm Light Supper (Cathedral Centre)
7:00pm Lecture (Cathedral Centre)

Dr. Debby Danard is an Anishnaabe scholar, healer, traditional knowledge carrier, and water-walker. Her scholarship focuses on suicide prevention/life promotion, land-based healing, and indigenizing health care. Dr. Bonnie McElhinny, professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, whose work is committed towards right relationship with the waters and one another. Join us and these two gifted thinkers for a conversation on grief, healing, and water. All are welcome, donations are accepted.

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