Start date: 11 January, 2016
End date: 7 May, 2017
A dance collaboration that is both interpretation of the story of Canada's residential school system and its consequences for the indigenous children we suffered under it. It is also a piece that expresses a heart felt apology for what was lost and suffered and some of the possible new means of moving forward in new ways of understanding between both aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians.
Nature of the Project Reach
A dance presentation that we hope to add multimedia aspects to that expresses a deep felt apology to the aboriginal communities of Canada in response to the TRC. We are a group of dancers from across Toronto looking to connect with other interested in being part of this collective piece that aims to both express our regret at what happened in the residential school system as well as begin to build bridges of understanding and a peace offering of new branches through which to begin to rebuild relations upon.
- Depict in dance form, the story of the residential school system - Express through movement, the sadness and loss suffered - Express our shock and reaction as well as regret at these now learned of atrocities - Apologize through an acknowledgment and mirroring some of the hurt experienced back for what took place - Embody through the dance, the kind of understanding and respect we'd like to see be the basis of building a new relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians -
Interested dancers and choreographers, story tellers as well as musicians are welcome to join us in this dance collaboration. We aim to portray through dance primarily, some of what took place to indigenous children at the time of the residential school system and the effects on the culture of our native peoples. Closing the piece we wish to express opportunities for understanding upon which to begin to build a new relationships with one another.