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The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada took place on Sept 30th for a second year. The day coincided with Orange Shirt Day, recognizing the tragic legacy of residential schools, the missing children, the families left behind, and the survivors of these institutions. Zhaawnong Webb (pronounced zh-aw-wu-nung) explained on TikTok what exactly Truth and Reconciliation means.

It's encouraging to see how Indigenous people are sharing their truth and stories with each other and non-Indigenous Canadians. Historically, Indigenous people were taught to unlearn what it means to be Métis, Inuit, or First Nations through the Residential school system, the Sixties Scoop, or the Indian Act.

Terra Roy, a former Youth Chief for Beausoleil First Nation and current hide tanner and artist from Ontario said,

“We need to go back to sitting in circles, laughing together and talking and sharing space”.

A new generation of young Indigenous content creators is doing exactly this and using social media to inspire Indigenous youth by speaking their truth. They are encouraging non-Indigenous people to unlearn past stories and stereotypes about Indigenous people. Some of these content creators who view themselves as "truthtellers" and Indigenous activists include Kairyn Potts (Instagram) (profiled in this issue), Zhaawnong Webb, Marika Sila, Scott Wabano (Instagram), Mary Ann Maiangowi-Manatch, Ryan McMahon, Janelle Niles (Instagram), Shina Novalinga (Instagram), Sarain Fox (Instagram), and Nikita Kahpeaysewat (Instagram).

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Flavian

Publisher, Spinning Forward

 

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"It's not a stretch to say that representation, like the kind of representation that's happening on social media for Indigenous young people, is lifesaving. Because, for once, we get to kind of see possibilities."

Kairyn Potts, Indigenous youth advocate, motivational speaker, resource developer, content creator, fashion model, actor, and comedian

 

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EVENTS 📅

October 12

Toronto Centre - All Candidates Debate - Municipal Elections 2022, Daniels Spectrum, Toronto, 5:30 pm ET

Indigenous Film Series (Film 1)-Sgaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife), The Mary Ward Centre, Toronto, 6:30 pm ET

October 13

Debra Thompson: On Blackness and Belonging, Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, 7 pm ET

THE RODOLOGUES Comedy - Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, Nothing Fancy, Toronto, 10 pm ET

October 14

Screening of "AGAPE", Sorry Studio, Toronto, 7:30 pm ET

Screening of WITH WONDER by Sharon Lewis, Imagine Cinemas Carlton Cinema, Toronto, 7:30 pm

Afroman Live in Toronto, The Rec Room, Toronto, 9 pm ET

October 15

LATAFF Uruguayan film "Bosco", Innis Town Hall Theatre, Toronto, 4 pm ET

LATAFF Argentine Night, "La Boya" and "Yo Nena, Yo Princesa", Innis Town Hall Theatre, Toronto, 6 pm ET

Fame Fest Tickets, The Don on Danforth, Toronto, 7 pm ET

Imarhan Concert, Revival Event Venue, Toronto, 7 pm ET