Start date: 1 February, 2017
End date: 28 February, 2017
Frozen Messages (led by Drew Gauley) explores how we have connected with Lake Temiskaming over the last 150 years from the perspectives of our three main local cultures: Francophone, Indigenous and Anglophone.
We will focus on 4 major happenings the lake has experienced: Damming, Logging, Mining and Agriculture.
The project has 3 main components:
1- SITE SPECIFIC, LARGE SCALE ICE DRAWINGS
Through coordination with various community groups, we will create four symbolic “pictographs” during the winter of 2017 on the frozen lake, viewable from the precipice of Devil’s Rock;
2- SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM
These temporary, site-specific and historically relevant ‘messages’ will be documented through time-lapse videography/film work, animation, photography, painting/drawing, and audio to be used in the creation of a short film.
Nature of the Project Reach
This project will mark our place in time time as we reflect on the history of our shared resources and perspectives around living with the lake. Lake Temiskaming has been ever-present in the histories of First Nations, Francophone and English cultures while it physically exists as a partial border between modern day Quebec and Ontario. The project includes and encourages the participation of these cultures.
The project will make a difference in our community by drawing attention to our shared existence with the lake. We will be bringing different community groups together in the construction of the pictographs. It will raise awareness of our local history through screenings of the film via the Toronto International Film festival Groups film circuit program.
Volunteers are needed to don snowshoes and assist in the creation of snow drawings on Lake Temiskaming, at Devil's Rock during the month of February, 2017.