Native Performance Culture and the Rhythm of ReConciliation: Re-Membering Ourselves in Deep Time [Renewal]
As a nation built on the Doctrines of Discovery, Extinguishment and Terra Nullius, Canada’s existence, as an internationally recognized sovereign state, relies upon a rigorous and methodical campaign to sanitize the present moment of Indigenous presence and eventually to erase all traces of Indigeneity from living memory. Resisting such erasure (in place, historical memory, or cognitive space), Indigenous artists and activists are scripting interventions for myriad “stages” through which to dislodge colonization from the Indigenous body and through which to excise the psycho-spiritual scars that affect the many survivors of relocation, re-education, the sixties scoop, forced sterilization, etc. Our membership is committed to facilitating such interventions; hence, we seek to plunge ourselves into “deep time,” so that we may devise works in the present moment that build legacy for future generations. It is only through painstaking engagement with the tangled history of settlement that future conciliation might be operationalized. To facilitate such conciliation in our own work, members of the Deep Time Working group have (since 2016) embraced opportunities to explore and test out the means by which to mediate possible sites (topographical, cognitive, ceremonial, and performative) of profound encounter and renewal. Additionally, we will seek opportunities to meaningfully offer our skills, time and physical labor to support Indigenous community projects that work to strengthen Indigenous individuals.
Faculty, University of Toronto Heidi Bohaker, FAS History Ante Budde, FAS Drama Theatre & Performance Studies Susan Hill, Director, FAS Indigenous Studies Stephen Johnson, UTM English & Drama Jon Jonson, Instructor, Woodsworth College Pamela Klassen, FAS Study of Religion Trina Moyan, Instructor, FAS Urban Planning V.K. Preston, Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies Karyn Recollet, FAS Women & Gender Studies
Faculty outside University of Toronto Alberto Guevara, Performance Studies, York University Independent Researchers Dr. Erin Soros Dr. Dolleen Manning
Community Members Sylvia Plain, Great Lakes Canoe Project Vivien Recollet, Anishnaabekwe Knowledge-Holder
Graduate Students, University of Toronto Susan Aaron, OISE Sherry Bie, OISE James Bird, Faculty of Architecture Paula Danckert, Diaspora & Transnational Studies Sasha Kovacs, Diaspora & Transnational Studies Sara McDowell, OISE Maria Meindl, Diaspora & Transnational Studies Sonia Norris, Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies Jenny Salisbury, Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies Graduate Students, outside University of Toronto Megan Davies, Performance Studies, York University
Undergraduate Students, University of Toronto Oliver Miller, Indigenous Studies Sheilah Salvador, Indigenous Studies Shurka Urechko, Indigenous Studies