Consciousness occasions to advertise native cultures – Information – Université de Sherbrooke

From September 26 to 30, UdeS will host programs dedicated to local realities and perspectives during the Truth and Reconciliation Week.
Photo: Michel Caron – UdeS

Ceremonies, conferences, songs, concerts, art exhibition: on the occasion of Truth and Reconciliation Week, various activities at UdeS will highlight the richness of local people’s cultures starting from September 26. On September 30th, to wrap up the staff holiday event, the University community is invited to participate in the National Truth and Reconciliation Day Grand March in efforts to connect with indigenous peoples.

Located outside the Main Campus Sports Centre, the Aboriginal Living Arts Camp will serve as the hub for most program activities. Other satellite sites will also host various events. The opening of the week will be marked by the raising of the Abenakis flag by the Odanak Council.

“Changing the world with art and art with local art”

As of September 26 at 1:00 p.m chattuan, a large traditional tent, will be set up for performance in the center of the Camp. Here, under the auspices of guest curator and Wendat art scholar Guy Sioui Durand, a unique event of collective Aboriginal art, YÄ’ATA, will be held continuously. Dreaming of “changing the world through art, art through local art,” he will present a corresponding exhibition at the Antoine-Sirois art gallery in the winter of 2023.

Stories, harangue, outdoor show, aboriginal art-action… it’s driven by the wild spirit of turtles roaming the world. niönwentsioIn Wendat territory, more nd8kinaterritory waban-akiMr. Sioui Durand invented YÄ’ATA together with his fellow artists.

YÄ'ATA are the letters that instill the benevolent spirit of hunting turtles (YÄ') as the unifying phenomenon of common (A) native (A) art (A).
YÄ’ATA are the letters that instill the benevolent spirit of hunting turtles (YÄ’) as the unifying phenomenon of common (A) native (A) art (A).
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Light projections are also planned Shaputuan, at dusk. Not to be missed is September 28th, celebrated with a grand gathering that will combine speeches, songs and drums!

A community committed to local perspectives

Several members of the teaching and professional staff of UdeS will also be part of the program of the Truth and Reconciliation Week.

Professor Adelphin Bonneau from the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science attached to the Department of History of FLSH will address the issue of rock painting and experimental archaeology. Abenaki language teacher at FLSH, Philippe Charland, will be involved in toponymy, art, and the Abenaki language. with Dramatic stories of young local people, Patricia-Anne Blanchet, an Aboriginal pedagogy consultant and lecturer in the Faculty of Education, will present a research-creative doctoral project with college students. Students of the course Local perspectives in education There will also be a stand in the Faculty of Education to share with the public what they have learned about Aboriginal realities in the school environment.

For Patricia-Anne Blanchet, who was actively involved in building the program for the thematic week, the activities presented are a privileged opportunity for the university community to make a concrete commitment to decolonization with First Peoples:

Devastated by seven generations of residential schools. It is more important than ever to recognize the realities of First Nations and value their cultures in order to walk together towards a more just future for the next seven generations.

Patricia-Anne Blanchet, Local Pedagogical Advisor, Faculty of Education

Walking with and for indigenous peoples

Truth and Reconciliation Week will culminate in a Grand March on Friday 30 September to which Sherbrooke’s college and university communities and the general public are invited. Before the rally at 11:30 a.m. in the center of the Episcopal University campus quadrangle, the march will take place through the streets of Lennoxville from 1 to 3 p.m.

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