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  • Saturday Jun 10, 2023 at 2:00pm
    120 minutes

    Participants will work with raw genuine natural materials such as sinew, rawhide, and wood to create their own rattle. While participants are working on sewing up, wrapping and filling their rattles. Aurora will discuss the history of rattles and how-to sources materials for rattles in a sustainable and respectful way. At the end of this workshop, each participant will have their own rattle with their desired tone as well as knowledge on how Indigenous peoples harvest raw materials while conserving natural resources such as wood and deer.

    Registration Required. Ages 13-18.

    Meet Aurora Jade:

    Aurora Jade is a Plains Cree from Peepeekisis First Nation visual artist, musician, storyteller, and workshop facilitator. Aurora started performing professionally across Canada at the age of nine years old.  She has performed her music and original songs at various venues, radio stations, benefits, and theatres. Her artistic vision is to mix fine Indigenous art with bold graphic design through acrylic medium. Her art has been shown in multiple galleries, coffee shops, and Pow Wows.  Aurora participated in the 2022-2023 MASC Reconciliation Legacy Indigenous Internship that pairs emerging Indigenous artists with MASC artists to collaborate on school and community projects that include Indigenous content and teachings. Aurora is also a trained Educational Assistant.

  • Saturday Jun 10, 2023 at 2:30pm
    60 minutes

    Covered in this presentation will be various Indigenous instrumentation made mostly by David himself as a traditional drum/rattle/flute builder. Participants will examine materials used in their physical construction and learn how they are operated, as well as their importance in pre- and post-colonial society. David will give examples of the above through an interactive musical performance. Depending on the level of interest and pre-existing knowledge of the participants, the origin of various rhythms and melodic scales utilized in different regions may be touched upon. David will also cite cases where outside instrumentation was adopted (often altered in use and construction) into existing Indigenous social paradigms and vice versa. Contemporary Indigenous music and what entails being a modern Indigenous working musician may also be covered if there is interest.

    Registration Required. Family Program for ages 5-12.

    Meet David Finkle:

    Hailing from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in southern Ontario, David Finkle is an award-winning multi-instrumental recording artist versed in many musical genres. He’s a sound engineer, traditional knowledge keeper, storyteller, drum maker, and producer. He has completed scores for various theatrical productions, documentaries and full-length features. 

    David’s music ranges from traditional melodies unchanged for thousands of years, to complete live improvisation and often crafts his own traditionally made instruments himself. 

    For the past 30 years, he has performed notable concerts and festivals with prominent world musicians nationally as well as internationally in areas such as North/South/Central America, the Caribbean, the high Arctic, Europe, and Africa. 

    Found on gold albums and having won numerous awards, his musicianship is both instinctual as well as dogmatic, involving a deceptively deep understanding of music theory but without allowing it to stifle heartfelt compositions. 

  • Monday Jun 12, 2023 at 1:30pm
    60 minutes

    Primarily for older adults, this guided interactive and participatory drumming experience focuses more on fun than form, and is for anyone that has wanted to learn basic hand drum patterns and share in the joy of group drumming.  No experience is necessary- just bring your rhythmic spirit! ​

    Optional - your own hand drum (djembe, bongo) or rhythm maker (i.e  empty coffee canister) There will be some extra drums and rhythm instruments available for use.​​

    Note — please bring your own foam ear plugs or noise canceling headphones if sensitive to sound. Masks are optional, in keeping with current OPL policies. ​

  • Monday Jun 12, 2023 at 5:30pm
    90 minutes

    Art of Iris folding

    Would you like to learn how to create lovely art pieces using simple paper strips? Join us for a session of IRIS folding. Learn new skill and find a new friends.

  • Tuesday Jun 13, 2023 at 2:00pm
    60 minutes

    Join us for an afternoon of crafting!  Participants will paint quirky watercolours that can be used to create greeting cards.  All materials will be provided.

  • Photo of the filmmakers alongside the tutle medicine wheel

    Tuesday Jun 13, 2023 at 5:30pm
    120 minutes

    Le français suit l'anglais. 

    To celebrate National Indigenous History Month, we have partnered with the National Film Board to showcase a great selection of Indigenous films that explore the experiences and cultures of the diverse Indigenous communities who live on the part of Turtle Island we call Canada. Each feature-length film will be preceded by a few short films with related themes and topics. Join us Thursdays in June as we celebrate the art of film, elevate Indigenous voices, and embrace the power of representation.

    Check out the rest of the series here - and if you enjoy these film series, take a look at our Pride film festival also happening in June.

    Tonight's selection offers tales of the work of keeping nations and traditions alive :

    Short film: Lake

    English with French subtitles, 5 min, 2019

    Cree director Alexandra Lazarowich riffs off classic verité cinema to craft a contemporary portrait of Métis women net fishing in Northern Alberta.

    Short film: Now Is the Time

    English with French subtitles, 16 min, 2019

    In 1969, the community of Old Massett raised a totem pole carved by Robert Davidson, the first new pole in Haida Gwaii in almost a century. 50 years later, a Haida filmmaker remixes the incredible archival footage and animation to reflect on the important event.

    Feature film: The Invisible Nation

    Bilingual audio with English subtitles, 93 minutes, 2007

    The Algonquin once lived in harmony with the vast territory they occupied. This balance was upset when the Europeans arrived in the 16th century. Gradually, their Aboriginal traditions were undermined and their natural resources plundered. Today, barely 9,000 Algonquin are left. They live in about 10 communities, often enduring abject poverty and human rights abuses. These Aboriginal people are suffering the threat to their very existence in silence. Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie have decided to sound the alarm before it's too late.


    Pour célébrer le Mois national de l'histoire autochtone, nous nous sommes associés à l'Office national du film pour présenter une grande sélection de films autochtones qui explorent les expériences et les cultures des diverses communautés autochtones qui vivent sur la partie de l'île de la Tortue que nous appelons le Canada. Chaque long métrage sera précédé de quelques courts métrages traitant de thèmes et de sujets connexes. Rejoignez-nous les jeudis du mois de juin pour célébrer l'art cinématographique, élever les voix indigènes et embrasser le pouvoir de la représentation.

    Jetez un coup d'oeil au reste de la série ici - et si vous aimez ces films, jetez un coup d'oeil sur notre festival de films pour la Fierté

    La sélection de ce soir propose des récits à propos de l'effort de donner un nouveau souffle de vie aux peuples et leurs traditions :

    Court métrage: Le lac

    Anglais avec sous-titres français, 5 min, 2019

    La réalisatrice crie Alexandra Lazarowich emprunte aux classiques du cinéma vérité pour réaliser un portrait contemporain de femmes métisses qui pratiquent la pêche au filet dans le nord de l’Alberta.

    Court métrage: Maintenant plus que jamais

    Anglais avec sous-titres français, 16 min, 2019

    À l’âge de 22 ans, le sculpteur d’origine haïda Robert Davidson a grandement contribué à changer l’histoire des gens de sa communauté. Grâce au soutien de sa famille, il a pu sculpter le tout premier totem du village de Old Masset en près d’un siècle. Avec des animations spectaculaires, des entrevues touchantes et des images d’archives, Maintenant plus que jamais dépeint le portrait de trois générations des clans de l’Aigle et du Corbeau qui ont travaillé ensemble à ériger le totem à la manière de leurs ancêtres jusqu’à ce qu’il trône, fort et fier.

    Long métrage: Le peuple invisible

    Bilingue avec sous-titres anglais, 93 minutes, 2007

    Dans ce long métrage documentaire, le duo de réalisateurs derrière L'erreur boréale et Trou Story, Richard Desjardins et Robert Monderie, raconte l'histoire de la nation algonquine du Québec et dénonce ses conditions de vie actuelle.

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    Tuesday Jun 13, 2023 at 6:00pm
    60 minutes

    Listen to music and create art by drawing, painting, or sculpting.  This program will increase sensory awareness, facilitate mindfulness, and encourage emotional expression.

  • livres; lunettes

    Tuesday Jun 13, 2023 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    Participez à des rencontres sociales pour discuter d’une grande variété de livres sélectionnés par les membres du club de lecture. Cette activité est ouverte à tous. Les personnes inscrites ont la responsabilité d’obtenir un exemplaire du livre à lire ou à écouter.

    Le livre du mois est L'ordre du jour par Éric Vuillard.

    Veuillez réserver une place pour chaque adulte présent. Chaque personne doit avoir sa propre carte de bibliothèque pour pouvoir s’inscrire à l’activité. Vous pouvez obtenir une carte de bibliothèque ici :

  • Tuesdays, Jun 13, 2023 - Jul 11, 2023
    50 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Auramarina Sawyer from Spanish2Go is offering three evening classes to help get you started! Tuesdays 7pm. Register online

    May 16, June 13, July 11

    Êtes-vous intéressé(e) par l'apprentissage de l'espagnol?  Nous proposons trois cours pour vous aider.

    16 mai, 13 juin, 11 juillet

    Inscription requise

  • Wednesday Jun 14, 2023 at 11:00am
    60 minutes

    A powwow is a gathering to celebrate First Nations culture through dance, songs, food and crafts, and is open to all. This high-intensity workout will incorporate powwow dance steps from different styles of powwow dance and the sounds of contemporary and traditional powwow music into a simple, follow-along workout. 

    Amanda Fox is Ojibwe from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island, and is based in Ottawa, Ontario. Amanda is a jingle dress dancer, singer, drummer, beadwork artist, sewing artist, powwow workout instructor, and workshop facilitator.  She started dancing as soon as she could walk and has a profound knowledge in powwow dance and protocols.  She started offering powwow workouts as a way to share her culture while promoting physical health. 

    Wednesday June 14, 11 am

    In partnership with The Good Companions, 670 Albert Street.

    In person program, Max participants: 30