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Pikangikum First Nation
Drum, Photography, and
Rhythmic Gymnastics Workshops 
2022
As part of
ON-Culture-Days-No-Background

Our creative journey with the people of Pikangikum First Nation started in 2018 when Asmita - an Esplanadian, introduced us to this fly-in community in Northern Ontario. In 2020, we engaged people in "Wind Stories", enhancing togetherness through storytelling.

 

In 2022, from September 28th to October 9th, Isorine, along with artists Gillian Mapp and Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone traveled to Pikangikum once again and led a series of artistic workshops for the local youth - with a focus on young women. As part of these workshops, we collaborated with local artist Morningstar Quill, whose work was exhibited at our local Toronto public Library - St Lawrence branch. During our visit, we were privileged to film artists Darwin Peters in his painting studio after having welcomed him in our community last month. It was also an honour to capture moving stories by Elder Matthew Strang, which we can’t wait to share with you in a few months!

Community members of Pikangikum have shared with us that stories of Elders had been captured years ago but it unfortunately was lost in a fire (it might have not been digital files back then).  It was expressed that supporting capturing these stories for the community is something that would be precious to locals. While our team intends to continue our collaboration with Pikangikum with another visit in 2023, the next visit might be focused on capturing on film stories like the ones of Matthew Strang. Time will tell!

 

This project is a part of Ontario Culture Days, supported by Ontario Arts Council and RBC.

Filmed and Edited by Isorine Marc - Additional Editing by Iris Unlu

Photos by Isorine Marc, Amber, Angel, Lyn, Sharmell

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Wind Stories
Wind Stories
2020

In February 2020, the Jamii team traveled to Pikangikum First Nation in Northern Ontario to bring to life "The Stories The Wind Carries", Jamii's intra-provincial project.


We partnered with the Pikangikum Education Authority and Eenchokay Birchstick School to invite people to create a portrait of fellow community members. In total, we created 18 portraits, involving 36 people in the project.

Through sharing our stories together, the project intends to create bridges between 4 communities: Toronto,  Wawa/Michipicoten First Nation, Wolfe Island and Pikangikum First Nation.


This initiative was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

 

Project Team:
Director: Isorine Marc
Lead Artists: Mahlikah Awe:ri & Gillian Mapp
Community Ambassador: Asmita Pal