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Participants of the PC/Cp 2017 Gathering were invited to join the roundtable to discuss a particular question that involved reflecting on their own artistic practices, personal histories and experiences, and dissect the challenges/fractures/progress within the current Canadian art system in order to imagine the future(s) together.
#1 Roundtable - shortened
#1 Roundtable (extended version)
For more information about the Lekwungen Gathering 2017, click here.
Other Roundtable Resources
Jamelie Hassan is a visual artist and activist based in London, Ontario, Canada. Her works are in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Museum London, London, Ontario, the Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia and the New Museum, New York, NY. She was awarded the “Canada 125” Medal for outstanding community service (1993), the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, (2001), and an honorary doctorate in visual arts from OCAD University, Toronto (2018).
Zab Maboungou named «Pioneer» of African Dance in Canada, is an artist and a philosopher who is a leader in the field of both dance creation and dance teaching. She is the founder of Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata (1986), a dance and music company that has been producing and creating Contemporary dance works for almost 30 years. The choreographer is also a writer and lecturer. Her book, "Heya…Danse! Historique, poétique et didactique de la danse africaine" expresses her commitment to allying art and knowledge and vice-versa. It has been said of her dance art that is enriched by the strength of her thinking and vision in the philosophical and cultural spheres in which she has become a recognised authority. With this international reputation in arts, research and teaching, her work as a performer, writer and lecturer has made a significant contribution to theory and debates about art and cultural diversity. Her expertise is sought in many places: universities and dance teaching centres, as well as various institutions, in Africa, Canada, the US, Europe and Asia.
The many Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires communities are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Gregory Younging. He began his spirit journey on May 3, 2019. Greg is profoundly missed, but we are grateful for the knowledge that he shared so generously. Dr. Younging was posthumously recognized with the Association of Canadian Publishers President’s Award for his outstanding contributions to the Canadian publishing industry.
Gregory Younging was a member of Opsakwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. Holding a master of arts degree in Northern and Native studies from Carleton University, a master’s degree in Publishing from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC, Younging devoted his career to righting history and elevating the cultural contributions of First Nations in Canada through his writing and teaching.
Gregory worked for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He served as managing editor of Theytus Books - the first Indigenous-owned publishing house in Canada from 1990 to 2004, before taking on the role of publisher in 2015. In 2007, he joined UBC Okanagan’s department of Community, Culture and Global Studies (CCGS) as an assistant professor, where he was key in the development of the Indigenous Studies program.
Alvin Erasga Tolentino is an active Asian/Canadian dance artists who continues to reveal, provoke, fascinate and bring a fresh voice to the national and international dance scene. His successful career has garnered him notability and a distinct reputation as an original and unpredictable contemporary performing artist.
Tolentino’s dance creations are driven from the need to intricately illustrate the human experience of light and dark and the infinitely complex relationship between nature and humanity. His choreography challenges the exploration of hybridity to reveal the private and public territory, identity, gender and the issues within the traditional and contemporary cross-cultural dialogue.
Born in Manila, Philippines, he moved to Canada in 1983. He has received professional art and dance training with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, York University, SUNY Purchase, Limon Institute. He continues to grow with ongoing artistic collaboration, relation and liaison with prominent dance artists and art educators across the nation and abroad.