Nation to Nation Tour 2013

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Using theatre to re-build Nation to Nation relationships

She:kon, Boozhoo, Bonjour, Hello.

The Nation to Nation Tour is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to renew relationships with each other.

From July 27 to August 14, a passionate group of intercultural youth volunteers is riding their bikes 300km along the St. Lawrence River from Akwesasne to Tyendinaga in order to learn from the communities we visit and from each other. Along the way, we facilitate a theatre-based workshop, an adaptation of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, to raise awareness of the nation to nation relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

The goal is to learn about our responsibilites to each other and to the earth, and to gather the courage and skills to live them out. This learning happens within our intercultural group of volunteers and in the interactions and programming with the Indigenous and non-Indigenous host communities.

The Mohawk community of Akwesasne is playing a crucial role, starting off the tour with four days of cultural and historical learning and sending the tour off in a good way with ceremony and a community event.

Nia:wen, thank you to our generous hosts for welcoming us, answering our questions, and challenging us all to find ways to live as many nations sharing one landbase.

The 2013 Nation to Nation Tour is a pilot project launched by KAIROS and The Otesha Project, in collaboration with the Mohawk community of Akwesasne.

KAIROS unites eleven churches and religious organizations in faithful action for human rights and ecological justice. For decades these churches have worked in solidarity with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and organizations to enhance understanding of Indigenous peoples’ history and rights.

The Otesha Project gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Small Change Fund in video production.

Ontario Trillium Foundation

 

For further information, contact the Tour Coordinators:

Katy Quinn, KAIROS
kquinn@kairoscanada.org
613 324 7449

Matt Schaaf, The Otesha Project
matt@otesha.ca
613 237 6065 

 

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Nation to Nation Tour
On the road July 27 - Aug. 14

A passionate group of intercultural youth volunteers is riding their bikes 300km along the St. Lawrence River from Akwesasne to Tyendinaga to renew the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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