June 21, 2021
Today we would like to share with you this beautiful piece called Summer Solstice, that brings together Indigenous artists from across the country, produced by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, commissioned by Soulpepper.
This piece is a celebration – a celebration of the land, of light, and of the people who have danced these lands since time immemorial. With Summer Solstice we honour the multitude of incredible cultures of Indigenous people in this country and the contributions that are made every single day.
"Our Solstice dance journey follows the lead of our Brother Sun rising in the East and moving to the West. Feet caressing Mother Earth across the generations and Nations in honour of our reciprocal relationship, and in alignment with nature’s pathways. The Earth gives energy to the dancer and the dancer gives their energy back to the Earth. We are a part of this unbroken circle; a regenerative, life-sustaining flow. Creating this video, I am reminded of the immense beauty and power of the land and of the people and of our sacred ancestral, present, future connections to spirit and place." ― Santee Smith, Founding & Managing Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
June 4, 2021
Orange to honour the 215 children who were discovered in unmarked graves in a residential school in Kamloops, with so many more unaccounted for.
Orange to remember the hundreds of other children who were forcibly removed from their families, stripped of their culture and language, and sent to residential schools across the country.
Orange to stand with the survivors and families who carry the trauma through generations and continue to feel the impact.
Orange to echo the calls for justice.
Orange to commit to the urgent work as an organization to do more learning, to uplift Indigenous voices and to amplify calls for accelerated action on the TRC recommendations.
We have so much work to do as a country, and as artists we recognize the many ways we can play a role. We commit to the urgent work as an organization to do more learning, to uplift Indigenous voices and to amplify calls for accelerated action on the TRC recommendations.
We also encourage you to offer support to the Indigenous community by joining us in donating to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society at https://www.irsss.ca/donate.
215. Every child matters.