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February 01, 2017
Celebrating Indigenous culture in Oxford

Performances from Tribal Vision and guest speaker Joseph Boyden aim to educate and entertain


Oxford County will be hosting two exciting events in March that will share perspectives of Indigenous culture.

Tribal Vision Dance will be performing twice on Friday, March 17; a morning performance at the Ingersoll Library and in the afternoon at the Woodstock Art Gallery.

Tribal Vision is a First Nations dance group based on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve. They have performed all over the globe and will bring their traditional native songs and dances to Oxford during the March Break as a free event for families to enjoy.

Tribal Vision performances:

Friday, March 17, 2017, 10:15 a.m. 
Ingersoll Public Library
130 Oxford St., Ingersoll

Friday, March 17, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Woodstock Art Gallery
449 Dundas St. Woodstock


Indigenous Education Day in Oxford is a day-long event on Tuesday, March 21 at the Quality Hotel & Suites. Headlining the event will be keynote speaker Joseph Boyden. Boyden is an award-winning novelist whose stories focus on the historical and contemporary experience of First Nations peoples. His writings often reflect on the perils and inner strengths of marginalized groups.

The event will also feature workshops and discussions surrounding topics like Indigenous cultural safety and reconciliation. Attendees will be able to learn about national reconciliation initiatives and how they can become involved in making a difference for First Nations children.

All of the events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required for those planning to attend the Indigenous Education Day.

Register online now.


Comment

Lynda Bartlett, Manager, Human Services

“We are very excited to bring these two events to Oxford County as a way of connecting with and learning more about Indigenous culture. Having Tribal Vision Dance perform at two venues during March Break is a great activity for parents or caregivers to bring children to. We are also excited about having Joseph Boyden and others speak at the Indigenous Education Day. We’re putting together an excellent program for anyone with an interest in Indigenous culture and current events.”


Background

These events are being organized by Oxford County Human Services as part of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. The Journey Together is about collaborating to develop proposals for culturally-relevant child care and child and family programs at a local level, while also creating initiatives to support Indigenous histories, cultures and perspectives.

Tribal Vision Dance is a First Nations dance group based on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in Ontario, Canada. Dance is very important to North American Indigenous people as a way to celebrate life and give thanks for all creation. Tribal Vision enjoys sharing Indigenous culture through songs and dances with audiences from around the world. Over the year, Tribal Vision has performed across Canada, Germany, Turkey, Austria and Norway. They have performed with Nelly Furtado at WE Day, at the Aboriginal Pavilion for the Pan AM Games and the Olympic Torch Relay.

Joseph Boyden is an award-winning writer with a strong focus on the historical and contemporary experience of First Nations peoples. He is best known for his books Three Day Road, Through Black Spruce, which won the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Orenda, which was named the winner of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads 2014. Joseph’s work reflects the perils and inner strengths of marginalized groups.


Media contact

Adam Nyp | Strategic Communication & Engagement

519.539.9800, ext. 3529 | anyp@oxfordcounty.ca


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