The University of Saskatchewan Library is celebrating the 25,000th live record on the Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal) January 25th, 2011. The celebration will open at 9:30 a.m. in the Library Learning Commons area, located on the ground floor of the Murray Library.
The opening will begin with a prayer, hand drummers, and an announcement by Dean Vicki Williamson, and other speakers will follow. Cultural teachings will begin at 10:00, with Elders Walter & Maria Linklater. At 11:45 a.m. in the Link Gallery, located on the first floor, there will be drummers and dancers, followed at noon by a lunch. In the afternoon, in Room 161, there will be demonstrations by Deborah Lee, the iPortal Librarian, on the iPortal database.
One-in-three patients suffers from some form of diabetes at Ottawa’s only medical clinic for First Nations people, making the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health the epicentre of a regional epidemic. Because of historic underfunding of health services for off-reserve Aboriginals, many of these patients have virtually no access to the type of lifestyle counselling and medical care that might prevent them from developing diabetes.
The Seventh Generation: Past, Present, Future is the theme for the 33rd Annual Toronto Storytelling Festival, that will be a 10-day celebration of storytelling, March 25 to April 3, 2011. There will be performances, workshops, forums, and you will be able to explore the connections to oral tradition and civic, national and international history.
First Nations Performance presents the 10th Annual Talking Stick Festival, February 1–6, at the Roundhouse before moving into the Commercial Drive area of East Vancouver until February 13th. The festival will feature diverse programming, highlighting the talents of local, national and international artists in a fusion of cabaret, music, dance, theatre and storytelling.
An application to open a huge diamond mine near the Bushman community of Gope, in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, has been approved by the Botswana’s government. The move was made in the middle of the Kalahari Bushmen’s appeal against the Botswana authorities’ refusal to allow the locals access to water there.
Two NAHO research presentations will be held Monday, January 31, 2011; Session 1: 9 – 11a.m. & Session 2: 12 – 2 p.m. Room 161 of the Murray Library, 3 Campus Drive, University of Saskatchewan.
The 1st presentation will provide an explanation of the Principles of Ethical Métis Research that resulted from collaboration with Métis in Academia. The 2nd presentation is a workshop tutorial on how to access, navigate and use, the Métis Health Literature Database and the Métis Statististical Database, and includes an interpretation of statistical tables and graphs. Sessions will include both presentations.
Carleton University Equity Services’ Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education will be hosting its 5th Annual Aboriginal Awareness Week around campus January 18th to 22nd, 2011. Highlights include First Nation, Inuit and Métis cultural performances; workshops, discussions, and keynote speakers; film Reel Injun; comedian Don Kelly; and a Roundance.
Wapiti Regional Library is hosting the 4th Provincial Round Dance to honour the relationship between public libraries and Aboriginal communities. The Round Dance will be held Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the Senator Allen Bird Memorial Centre, which is located in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Pipe Ceremony & Feast will start at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Round Dance.
The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Aboriginal Writers Retreat will be held at the Spring Valley Guest Ranch near Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan. Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, February 25, 2011.
The Cowichan International Aboriginal Festival of Film and Art is an annual intercultural event that is organized by the Cowichan Intercultural Festival of Film & Art Society and co-hosted by Film Cowichan and the Cowichan Theatre in Duncan, BC. The Coast Salish Gala Reception kicks off the festival each year. Artists support the festival, with a displays of carving, paintings, jewelery, knitting, and more. The festival welcome films of all genres and all performances and workshops are open to the public. The dates of the festival are April 13-17, 2011.