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September 1, 2005
Mural unveiling and celebration of First Nations culture at Historic Fort York this Saturday
Historic Fort York is pleased to present "Niinwin Dabaadjmowin -- We Are
Talking," a mural unveiling and celebration of First Nations culture on
Saturday, September 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Blue Barracks (at Fort York).
Don't miss this unveiling, featuring a vibrantly painted 80-foot mural created
under the leadership of First Nations artists Philip Cote and Rebecca Baird
along with young people from the Tumivut Youth Shelter.

Enjoy screenings of a film that documents the making of the mural and depicts
the rich history of First Nations culture. The afternoon will feature a talk by
the artists and traditional drum and dance performances. Corn soup and bannock
will be served.

Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 1 - 5 p.m.
Opening remarks are at 1 p.m.
Location: Blue Barracks, Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison Rd., (off Fleet
Street, east of Strachan Avenue, west of Bathurst Street)

Opening remarks will be given by artist Philip Cote, followed by a purifying
ceremony and the burning of sage by Urban Elder Vern Harper. Councillor Jane
Pitfield will speak on behalf of the Aboriginal Affairs Community Advisory
Committee, followed by remarks from Fort York Museum Administrator, David
O'Hara. Drum and dance performances will follow. Cote, will give a talk during
the afternoon to discuss the 20-panel mural, and its depiction of the original
story of the Anishnaabe people.

"Niinwin Dabaadjmowin -- We Are Talking," is the culmination of a project that
began in August 2004. A collaboration between the City of Toronto Culture
Division, Historic Fort York, the Tecumseh Collective and Tumivut Youth
Shelter, the project was funded through Toronto Culture Ontario Works Incentive
Funds Initiatives.

Media contacts:

Andrea Raymond
Museum and Heritage Services

David O'Hara
Museum Administrator
416-392-6907 ext. 222



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