Between the Shorelines: City Wide

Jon Johnson and Audrey Rochette

Between the Shorelines: City Wide

Jon Johnson and Audrey Rochette

1:00pm

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Stories have shaped Turtle Island for thousands of years. Engage with the Indigenous history of Toronto, and reflect on the history between its shorelines. This series of virtual “tours” will bring to the fore the importance of sharing, listening and witnessing Indigenous oral histories and truthtelling. First Story tour hosts Jon Johnson, Melanie Laking and Audrey Rochette will explore the importance and relevance of storytelling in beginning to reconcile the past.

This event will take place on Zoom. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link within 24 hours of the event start time.

Presentation

Stories have shaped Turtle Island for thousands of years. Engage with the Indigenous history of Toronto, and reflect on the history between its shorelines. This series of virtual “tours” will bring to the fore the importance of sharing, listening and witnessing Indigenous oral histories and truthtelling. First Story tour hosts Jon Johnson, Melanie Laking and Audrey Rochette will explore the importance and relevance of storytelling in beginning to reconcile the past.

This event will take place on Zoom. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link within 24 hours of the event start time.

Presentation

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Dr. Jon Johnson is an Assistant Professor - Teaching Stream, at Woodsworth College, University of Toronto. His research is focused on urban land-based Indigenous Knowledge in Toronto and their representation through oral and digital forms of storytelling. He works actively within Toronto’s Indigenous community in his capacity as a lead organizer for First Story Toronto, an Indigenous-led community-based organization that researches and shares Toronto’s Indigenous presence through popular education initiatives such as storytelling walks of the city and smartphone applications that highlight Toronto’s vast Indigenous histories and geographies.

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Audrey Rochette is Anishinaabe from Waabadowgang-Whitesand First Nation. As Director, Indigenous Initiatives, she leads George Brown College’s efforts to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action and oversees Indigenization measures as part of the college’s Vision 2030/Strategy 2022 initiative. Audrey's passion for Indigenous relations was cultivated through her roles in the Indigenous community as the Senior Development Officer with Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people, and with imagineNATIVE, the largest Indigenous film festival in the world.  She currently sits on several committees in different sectors committed to reconciliation work. She is the daughter of a residential school survivor.

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1:00pm

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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