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August 13, 2012
Fort York presents CBC's 8th Fire film series
  
Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto is hosting the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 8th Fire film series, August 13 to 16. The 8th Fire film series is a provocative look at Canada's 500-year relationship with Indigenous peoples.

This four-part series, part of Harbourfront Centre's Planet IndigenUS Festival, is an encounter with fascinating, complex people, who are as diverse as Canada itself. Each episode runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be followed by a guest speaker. Admission is free.

Monday, August 13 - Indigenous in the City
More than half of Canada's Aboriginal population now lives in cities. Meet the kaleidoscope of Aboriginal people who are quickly joining the country's urban middle class and bringing their culture with them. Guest speaker: Connie Walker, producer and reporter, 8th Fire film series

Tuesday, August 14 - It's Time!
Memorable people and stories from across the country illustrate why there is an economic, demographic and moral imperative to improve Canada's troubled, 500-year relationship with Aboriginal Peoples. Guest speaker: Victoria Freeman, post-doctoral fellow at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) /University of Toronto and author of "Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America"

Wednesday, August 15 - Whose Land Is It Anyway?
Land - who owns it, benefits from it and gets to say when, if and how it gets developed? This film looks at the role that land plays in the conflicted relationship with Aboriginal Peoples and the rest of Canada. Guest speaker: Lee Maracle, celebrated First Nations author, poet, educator, storyteller and performing artist

Thursday, August 16 - At the Crossroads
The Aboriginal community's feisty, self-confident youth are taking new pride in their heritage and pointing the way forward. A fascinating range of artists, activists and business people show how they are shedding the colonial past and building new pathways in education and economic development. Guest speaker: Nadya Kwandibens, First Nations artist and photographer

Fort York National Historic site, at 250 Fort York Blvd., is one of 10 historic museums operated by the City of Toronto. More information is available at 416-392-6907 and http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Kristine Williamson
Museum Outreach Officer, Fort York
416-392 6907 extension 247
kwillia3@toronto.ca

 

 

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