Stage in the Park Reading: First Story Panel

Jill Carter, Jon Johnson and Audrey Rochette

Stage in the Park Reading: First Story Panel

Jill Carter, Jon Johnson and Audrey Rochette

6:30pm

Friday, September 30, 2022

Stage in the Park, September 30 at 6:30pm ET.

Stories have shaped Turtle Island for thousands of years. First Story Toronto’s tours, in person and virtual, bring to the fore the importance of sharing, listening and witnessing Indigenous oral histories and truthtelling. Join the First Story tour hosts Jill CarterJon Johnson and Audrey Rochette in conversation with TIFA Director Roland Gulliver as they engage with the Indigenous history of Toronto, and reflect on the history between its shorelines. They will introduce the places and themes of their tours, and explore the importance and relevance of storytelling in beginning to reconcile the past.

This is a free outdoor event.

Panel Discussion

Stage in the Park, September 30 at 6:30pm ET.

Stories have shaped Turtle Island for thousands of years. First Story Toronto’s tours, in person and virtual, bring to the fore the importance of sharing, listening and witnessing Indigenous oral histories and truthtelling. Join the First Story tour hosts Jill CarterJon Johnson and Audrey Rochette in conversation with TIFA Director Roland Gulliver as they engage with the Indigenous history of Toronto, and reflect on the history between its shorelines. They will introduce the places and themes of their tours, and explore the importance and relevance of storytelling in beginning to reconcile the past.

This is a free outdoor event.

Panel Discussion

Featured Authors

Jill Carter is an Anishinaabe-Ashkenazi theatre worker and educator based in Tkaron:to.

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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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6:30pm

Friday, September 30, 2022

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