Coming Together // In solidarity w/ Idle No More’s call to #CancelCanadaDay
With continued discoveries of remains at former residential school sites across Turtle Island, we called on community to come together to take part in a community-building activity to explore our shared history and ways we can heal and move forward together. Led by community artist and educator Will Morin, community members worked together to create the largest dreamcatcher recorded. Participants stood in a circle forming the “hoop” of the dreamcatcher, while Will and two helpers moved a ball of string around the circle, interconnecting and weaving the pattern of the dreamcatcher. As Will shared teachings on its origins and meaning, he invited community members to speak and share. It was a time of reflection and respect for all who attended.
Chi miigwetch to Elder Jeannette McQuabbie and Heidi Manitowabi for getting the day started in a good way with prayer and song; Kalah Rayne Guignard from N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre’s youth beading group for creating a beaded orange t-shirt tutorial and 50 beading kits; Emilio Portal and Sonia Inkster for helping Will facilitate the dreamcatcher activity; and Martin Kimewon for photographing the event (you can see some of the photos here).
We’d also like to thank the following organizations and individuals who helped make the day possible, including: Sudbury Shared Harvest, Black Lives Matter – Sudbury, Laurie, Clarissa, Naomi, Sara, Quinn, Jasmine, Shala, Bobby, Selina, Charlie, Ivy, Chimdinma, Kyra, Quinn, Stephanie, and Selena.
Fun Fact: This dreamcatcher activity was first facilitated by Will way back in September 2000, as part of Myths and Mirrors’ Harvest Dreams and Beans Parade, which brought together 300 community members from the Donovan and Flour Mill neighbourhoods.
‘We are all connected’: July 1 Solidarity Rally draws 200 people /// Sudbury.com
Solidarity event in Sudbury weaves Indigenous, non-Indigenous into dreamcatcher /// CBC
Ralliers at Tom Davies today will weave a dreamcatcher of solidarity /// Sudbury.com
Summer Redistribution Program // Part of the ‘We Keep Each Other Safe‘ Project
Continuing our work from 2020, we ran a weekly redistribution program that provided a light meal, hygiene products, art materials, handmade gifts, and other essential items to folks accessing the cooling centre, temporarily located in Tom Davies Square and operated by SACY (Sudbury Action Centre for Youth).
Part of the ‘We Keep Each Other Safe‘ project, each week we were joined by a local artist to deliver a series of art activities designed to explore community care and safety. Activities included card-making, DIY t-shirt printing, and a screening of eeportal’s film and audio piece, Blueberry Entanglement. The created artworks were used to inform the design of our community mural behind the YMCA (read more about the mural here).
Big thanks to SACY for hosting us and SWANS (Sex Workers Advisory Network of Sudbury) for providing peer support and outreach; as well as Sudbury Shared Harvest, Coalition for a Livable Sudbury, Shkagamik–Kwe Health Centre, and Better Beginnings, Better Futures for supporting our weekly meals.
Artists: Will Morin, Emilio Portal, Elyse Portal, Steph Fournier, and Sarah Blondin
Place Hurtubise Ground Mural
In partnership with Live, Love, Louder, The Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury, the Place Hutubise Tenant Association, and the Ward 8 Community Action Network, Myths and Mirrors staff helped to create a courtyard mural for the residents of Place Hurtubise this summer. This project saw 9,000 square feet of pavement transformed into an interactive courtyard for residents featuring a racetrack, and games like hopscotch, and snakes and ladders.
Artists: Wallace Gillard, Laura-Leigh Gillard, Raven Debassige, Quinn Zwarich, Chimdi Kingsley-Emereuwa, Cora Rae-Silk, Cassidy Houston
Check out this video showing you the painting process here.
Ryan Heights Community Garden Art
This summer we had the opportunity to collaborate with Sudbury Shared Harvest to bring new life to the Ryan Heights Community Garden! Leading community members in rock painting and fence-weaving, staff helped to facilitate this participatory art project teaching youth alternative methods for personalizing and creating in outdoor spaces. Thank you so much to Sara from Sudbury Shared Harvest for inviting us to come and create with you!
Artists: Kyra Coutain, Chimdi Kingsley-Emereuwa, Quinn Zwarich, Cassidy Houston
Queerspace Writing Workshop // in partnership with Fierté Sudbury Pride
This year we celebrated Pride by collaborating with Fierté Sudbury Pride to present the Queerspace Writing Workshop. This workshop facilitated and developed by local artist Blaine Thornton was an opportunity for new writers to learn how to express themselves through short form writing. Gathering online, participants learned about strategies for coming up with an idea, editing, and mindful writing.
Artist: Blaine Thornton