Future History Series

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Video playlist on North American Indigenous peoples history and future.
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Each episode is 22 minutes, in English, and is closed captioned. This playlist includes (descriptive text from resource):

  1. Origin Stories: 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.
  2. The Children: Our hosts, Kris and Sarain travel to the nation’s capitol 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.
  3. Policy: Our hosts, Sarain and Kris unpack the complexities of government policy and its effect on Indigenous Identity. They meet with First Nations Policy Analyst Russell Diabo in Innisfil who explains the history and impact of the Indian Act. They drop into an after-school youth program on Mnjikaning First Nation created by Social Worker Kendra Keetch and visit with Melissa Tidlumaluk Irwin at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a cultural hub and university program for Inuit in Ottawa.
  4. Water: Our hosts, Sarain and Kris discuss the current crisis of contaminated water and the growing movement of Water Protectors. They catch up with Water Walker Josephine Mandamin during her 17,000 km walk around the Great Lakes and visit with Artist/Activist Christi Belcourt in Elliot Lake. On Georgina Island, Kris and Sarain witness the results of the restoration project of Gerties Creek supervised by Environmentalist Kerry-Ann Charles.
  5. Pow Wow & Exhibition: Our hosts, Kris and Sarain break down the concepts of Pow Wow, ceremony and exhibition. They meet Knowledge Keeper and Traditional Dancer Jordan White Eye Williams who shares the history of the Pow Wow. They are invited into a theatre space with Activist Actor/Playwright Monique Mojica to talk about her show Side Show Freaks and Circus Injuns. Then, Sarain and Kris put on their moccasins and take a Hoop Dance workshop with Storyteller/Dancer Crystal “Beany” John.
  6. The Arts: Our hosts, Sarain and Kris explore the world of Indigenous Artists and Storytellers. At the Toronto International Film Festival Headquarters, Broadcaster and Curator Jessie Wente gives them a deeper understanding of the effects of misrepresentation of Indigenous people in Hollywood. Then, they drop in on a drumming and singing workshop led by Singer/Actress Tamara Podemski and then travel to North Bay to Big Medicine Studio for a movement class with Artistic Directors Penny Couchie and Sid Bobb of Aanmitaagzi Story Makers.
  7. Food: Hosts Kris and Sarain get a taste of the many different aspects of Food Sovereignty. They visit Food Justice Advocate, Adrianne Lickers Xavier, at Six Nations Farmers Market where she manages the “Our Sustenance” program. Consultant and Traditional Teacher Bob Goulais talks about Sacred Law and how that applies to responsible fishing. In addition, Sarain and Kris experience Indigenous Cuisine prepared by Chef Joseph Shawana of KūKum Kitchen in Toronto.
  8. Language: Hosts Kris and Sarain share their deep desire to know their language. They visit with Anishnaabe Language Consultant Gabe Desrosiers who talks about reclaiming the Creator’s language. At University of Toronto, they sit down with Visual Artist/Filmmaker Susan Blight, who co-founded Ogimaa Mikana, which aims to restore Anishnaabemowin place names to the streets of Toronto. Sarain and Kris travel to Wahta First Nation to meet Mohawk Language Instructor Ryan DeCaire who is leading the language revitalization movement in his community.
  9. Museums, Monuments & Living History: Our hosts, Kris and Sarain dig deeper into the world of Archaeology, preservation of artefacts and protection of ceremonial items. In Six Nations, they meet with Artist/Curator Tom Hill of the Woodland Cultural Centre who speaks about the rematriation of museum practices. Then they travel to Ottawa and join Jaime Koebel on her Indigenous Walking Tour through the city. At the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Sarain and Kris learn how to make their own moccasins with Sage Petahtegoose from the Manitobah Mukluk Storyboot School.
  10. Wellness: Hosts Kris and Sarain share their experience of health and wellness. They meet with Traditional Healer/Counsellor John Rice who teaches them about Mino Bimaadiziwin. They travel to Six Nations for a check up with Family Physician Dr. Karen Hill and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Val King and Elva Jamieson at Juddah’s Place, a health clinic that combines Indigenous and Western Medicine. Sarain and Kris visit with Personal Trainer Isabelle Aube who reminds them of their own power and strength.
  11. Cultural Appropriation: Hosts Sarain and Kris discuss the problematic history and current trends of cultural appropriation. They speak with Cultural Educator and Storyteller Lenore Keeshig who talks about the practice of “stealing stories.” They assist Designer/Curator Sage Paul in creating their own Indigenous fashion art installation. Kris and Sarain then visit Nadine St. Louis, Social Entrepreneur and Owner of Ashukan Cultural Space in Montreal and Multimedia Artist Jay Soule in Toronto and discover the many ways both reclaim Indigenous Arts.
  12. Justice: Sarain and Kris explore Indigenous concepts of Justice, from restorative justice to cultural programs in the prison system. Lawyer Sara Mainville offers her insights into Indigenous concepts of Justice and criminality. Using food to build community Johl Whiteduck Ringuette prepares lunch for Kris and Sarain at NishDish Marketeria. On the Sacred Grounds at the Collins Bay Penitentiary in Kingston, they talk with Elder Jim Johnson who brings ceremony, cultural support and medicines to the male inmates.
  13. Culture: Sarain and Kris delve into the bigger questions of culture and how it shapes who they are as Indigenous people. They sit down with Cultural Program Manager Michael Etherington at the Native Canadian Centre who shares his thoughts on the practice, representation and education of culture. Off-grid, but online on Wasauksing First Nation, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Rebeka Tabobondung invites Kris and Sarain into her home where she runs the online arts & culture publication Muskrat Magazine. Eddie Robinson talks about medicine bundles and his need to create his own cultural “bubble” in the big city of Toronto.

Laurier Library has provided access to this since April 2019 along with three other playlists.

Subjects covered:
  • Archaeology
  • Canadian Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Interdisciplinary
  • North American Studies
Alternate titles:
Wilfrid Laurier University - Future History Series