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DAREarts and Junior Rangers: Spirit of the North

Written by DAREarts Artist-Educator, Glenn Marais.
We are guided by our own inner wisdom and our values system that is our inner compass. Our greatest guide is our heart and that pure wisdom that has grown fertile in our souls from birth. We may have been blessed by good education and mentors and, in this recognition, understand that others have not shared the same bounty.

It was a stormy night and we had a long way to go, but for DAREarts founder, Marilyn Field, and myself, DAREarts artist Glenn Marais, it wasn’t a question of if – only when and how. We were on our way into a forecast of 90 KM hour winds, thunderstorms and possible hailstorms. Our destination: Meaford, ON to speak to a group of Junior Rangers, First Nations youth from all over northern Ontario. Outside of Stayner, it hit us hard: wind so strong the rains were sideways, hail so loud on my van we couldn’t talk over it.  Lightning flashed around us and we held on, drove slow with faith that it would blow over and we would be okay.  It did and we made it to a roomful of hope:  eager, resilient, ambitious, young men and women, training to make a difference in their community.

Marilyn told me we were going for a reason.  I believe wholeheartedly in this philosophy.  It’s a DAREarts philosophy. You show up with an open heart and mind and you embrace the possible in impossible situations.  For these First Nations youth, nothing in life is easy and people let them down all the time. We need to show up. We need to reach out. We need to understand that these young people have had their culture taken away and they are rebuilding their cultural legacy for their own children. That is powerful.

Marilyn was right; something magical happened. We sang ‘Spirit of the North’; a song written in honor of Jordan Wabasse, a youth from Webequie who died tragically young at the age of 15 while attending school in Thunder Bay. They asked us to sing it again and again and again and again. Each time they joined in with more confidence and their voices rose as one. They sensed the power and beauty of this song. Because it is their song:

“I want to see myself, proud,
I want to see myself strong,
I want to be who I am,
I’ve had enough of being wrong.
Love can make you do anything.”

Indeed it can and we love our youth like they are our own, because that is how we see them. As family. It resonated in the room tonight and we left as one people who shared something bigger than ourselves, love.

As we prepared to leave, a young man named Jaren approached me and told me of his grandmother who was in a Residential School. He said, “They took away everything from her.” He thanked me and said that I had changed him. That he believed he could get back what they had lost. In my years of working in the north and with the thousands of students I have had the privilege of working with, this has been the most humbling and beautiful thing anyone has ever said to me. Jaren, you have strengthened my resolve and giving me a great gift. I am eternally grateful. From this storm we emerged into a beautiful sky, burning red, streaked with black clouds, as if hope had burned through and shone its glorious light on us all.

Meegwitch my new friends, we will see you again.

Glenn
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DAREarts is a children’s charity that uses the arts to empower at-risk young people to become leaders. Our lead supporters are Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, TD Bank Groupand the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.


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“Together, Stronger, Each of us has a Voice”

Written by Glenn Marais, DAREarts Musician-Educator

imgp9722The week in Marten Falls started slowly with students reluctant to sit in our circle from a combination of shyness coupled with an unfamiliarity with our program.  Discipline, Action, Respect and Excellence blended with Traditional Teachings are the corner posts of DAREarts and we center all of our arts activities and leadership skills around these core values.  As we became familiar with the community and students, our level of understanding increased exponentially and our relationship with the students deepened as they bought in more and more every day. Together, we worked incredibly hard on a challenging art project, constructing a bear out of water bottles and tubing that was massive in size and dimension. So big it took three people to get it to move, two in the body and one for the head, which was independent of the body.  In addition, community members and students painted a large canvas of bears, all done in First Nations style.  Several tracks of music were created, as well as a rap song and an original song titled “Makwa Obwoo Momun”.  All this work created a common purpose amongst the teachers, community members, students and us.  Some of the students have incredibly difficult lives and are dealing with residual effects of abuse and neglect. The community show was incidental to the experience of creating it; the measurable pride the kids showed in performing for their community was tremendously gratifying and our collective memories will live with us forever.

taliyah-delora-lennoxEarly on Monday, after this exhilarating, incredibly emotional week in Marten Falls, we arrived exhausted in Webequie. We were picked up by Morris, the school caretaker, who dropped our supplies at the school and took us to our lodging for the week. We were all short of bedding and I was missing a bed; however this community can pull together and get things done fast, so by the afternoon, we had bedding and I had a bed!  Unlike Marten Falls where we all stayed together at a Bed and Breakfast, here we would be staying at different teacher’s homes. The weather was very rainy and cold and the roads were a muddy bog. The environment, coupled with our fatigue and separation, put us all into a funk of fatigue and low energy.  After a hearty meal, we all felt better and went to bed early to get ready for our first day.

circle-to-rehearse-the-song-banner-by-ashlynn-and-deloraWe noticed right away on the first day that the students here, Gr 7/8, were more animated and quicker to join in for drama games and movement.  The week here has been incredibly emotional. Webequie is home in so many ways and DAREarts is like a brand name up here.  All you have to do is mention DAREarts and you are greeted by knowing nods and smiles. Re-connecting with former students, elders and friends has elevated everyone’s spirits to a euphoric level. On Wednesday, Laura, Kaitlyn and I participated in a sweat lodge ceremony run by Bob Wabasse. We all felt that there was a purpose and a need for us to attend the sweat. Bob took his time and explained it all to us and we did two rounds of healing prayer and songs in the dark and steam-driven heat of the lodge. It was incredible. We all felt renewed, cleansed and invigorated. Our emotions are open and we feel deeply connected to this land, these people we call friends who feel like family and our sense of purpose and dreams for our students.

As Bob told us, when you live with honesty, truth and share your life, you will be connected to the creator and the universe. This is how we feel at this moment. Very connected to a special light and love that can only come from good hearted people, coming together.

Our song is called Mashkwe Seewin Maa Moe
Stronger Together
We understand it more now than ever.

Sunday is the community show.  40 youths showed up last night! There is much work to do, but our hearts feel lightened and carried by many hands.  We know that whatever happens in the show is only a small part of our journey. The realizations and shared experiences we have had are beyond measure. They exist between the stars, under the moon and across the Albany River, over Lake Winisk and down the same road that we choose to walk in harmony with our First Nations Family. We are blessed with so much love.

To our First Nations brothers and sisters
Meegwetch
Thank you for your gifts

– Glenn for the DAREarts team

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DAREarts is a charity that empowers young at-risk Canadians aged 9 to 19 to ignite change as leaders.  Visit www.darearts.com to learn more.  DAREarts ‘First Roots’ program partners with First Nations to work alongside youths, local artists and elders and, together, address challenges such as school absenteeism, hopelessness and suicide. DAREarts’ special education partner for 2017 is the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. DAREarts’ lead supporters are: Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, TD, Anne Livingston and The Ontario Arts Council (an agency of the government of Ontario). Supporters of this program are: Palgrave Rotary Club; David & Teresa Thomas; Noront Resources; The Paul Semple Award; Allan Drive Middle School; and Nasdaq Corporate Solutions Canada.


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Mama Bear Teaches Us How to Dream

Written by Cathy Elliott, DAREarts Indigenous Artist-Educator

bear-outsideNine years ago, DAREarts, a national charity that empower kids using the arts, came to Marten Falls (Ogoki Post) FN after a successful week in Webequie FN and we had some adjustments to make.  Ogoki was much smaller. There were no highschool students here. There were some problems with holding on to teachers, drug dependency, very high absenteeism, and a lot of anger. This was when the internet was a community board, when no one (except some of us) knew that Residential Schools and the 60’s scoop did so much damage, and when a water boiling advisory was the norm.

Some things have changed since then, but not all.

Now, there’s internet. Intermittent internet.

Now, everyone knows about the Residential Schools, and if they don’t, they just don’t want to.

Now, there’s STILL a water boil advisory.

darearts-circleOur trip here last week happened to fall just after the 50th anniversary of 12 year old Chanie Wenjack’s attempt to walk away from sexual abuse in a terrible government and church sanctioned institution to his home in Ogoki.  He froze to death en route. His death was a blip in the news, became the subject of a beautiful song by Mi’kmaw Singer Songwriter Willie Dunn (“Charlie Wenjack” was sung to me in Vice Principal Wayne Potts’ office in 2010 in Attawapiskat when he found out I was Mi’kmak.)  Chanie’s story was so far under the wire that it didn’t get the attention it deserved until this year, when Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie released his book/animation/concert and author Joseph Boyden published his novela “Wenjack.” DAREarts has been working with Annie Wenjack for years, not knowing the connection until this year. She is Chaney’s sister. Many other members of his family have worked with us over the past nine years. The circles keep connecting us all together, and that’s where the dreaming now starts.

elder-elizabeth-inspiresElder Elizabeth Achneepineskum told our workshop participants (grades 5, 6 and 7 students of Henry Coaster Memorial School) the story of a mama bear that took a baby and taught him to talk like a bear.  “She pointed out the geese flying south and she said, ‘We’re going to eat them!’  When the bear was killed by humans for meat, they realized that she had protected the boy, and they honoured her with a human burial because she was his mother.  The humans taught the boy how to talk like humans. When they asked the boy how he survived the long cold winters of hibernation, he told them, ‘I dreamed about food.’

Principal Fay Zoccole said to me, on our way to the airport at the end of the week, “These kids don’t really get to dream. Their reality makes it very difficult to look ahead, to have hope.” To have a Teaching that tells us that we need to dream our future, to honour our past, to love our culture and build on our lives tied up in such a joyful, funny, enrapturing undertaking as the DAREarts First Roots Project is inspiring.

bear-makingWhen asked about their impression of bears, the kids told us that they were “dump bears” they lived in “dump dens” and “stink like sh*t.” But when they heard Elder Elizabeth tell a traditional story about a mother bear teaching a baby how to live, they found something new. With that, the kids updated their millennial-old story and applied it to their own lives. They did this. And when, to tell their story in art, drama and music,  they built that bear out of water bottles – hundreds of them, that otherwise would have gone to the dump – they made a bigger statement. They stayed after school.  Forgot that their time to work was over. Stayed into the evening. Brought their little bothers and sisters and those kids helped, too. Adults came too. All week, the gym was lit up with music and laughter and the hum of productivity. They performed their play and shared their creations with their community. The final words were spoken, loud and clear by a little boy who came every day and evening. “My mother taught me how to dream.”

Something else in Ogoki has changed, too. On the final day when I went back to the school for one last visit and a ride to the airport (the rest of the team went ahead – to Webequie) I smelled sage for the first time. I smudged and looked around at the kids. All of them were gathered in the rotunda hall of the school, calm, quiet, listening. The school is changing. Their Principal is a strong Indigenous woman. The Education Authority is receiving a little more funding for programs.

Young Chanie Wenjack was robbed of his culture, his innocence, his life. DAREarts is dreaming of a time when these children can live a life full of possibility and hope.

“The Boy Bear,” along with other bear stories from First Nations kids all over Canada, will be read May 4th at the DAREarts Leadership Awards in Toronto and the students’ stories, artwork, songs and photography will be shared in an installation at the Stratford Festival every night of the world premiere of ‘The Breathing Hole’ next August and September to celebrate Canada 150.

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DAREarts is a charity that empowers young at-risk Canadians aged 9 to 19 to ignite change as leaders.  Visit www.darearts.com to learn more.  DAREarts ‘First Roots’ program partners with First Nations to work alongside youths, local artists and elders and, together, address challenges such as school absenteeism, hopelessness and suicide. DAREarts’ special education partner for 2017 is the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. DAREarts’ lead supporters are: Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, TD, Anne Livingston and The Ontario Arts Council (an agency of the government of Ontario). Supporters of this program are: Palgrave Rotary Club; David & Teresa Thomas; Noront Resources; The Paul Semple Award; Allan Drive Middle School; and Nasdaq Corporate Solutions Canada.


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DAREarts Attawapiskat: Walking for Peace

On National Aboriginal Day, a group of youths from Vezina High School in Attawapiskat First Nation reclaimed their voice by releasing an original music video. Called Walking for Peace, the work addresses, in clear yet powerful language, the youths’ frustration with the ongoing suicide crisis in their community. While the media coverage has been extensive and many experts have visited, the youth feel as though their concerns haven’t been heard. Through this music, they are speaking directly to their community, as well as all of Canada, about their experiences, feelings and hopes.

DAREarts, a national charity that empowers at-risk youth using the arts, facilitated the production during a two week workshop upon request from the community and officials at Vezina High School, including teacher Mandy Alves. The organization, which has previously worked in Attawapiskat providing song writing and videography workshops, assembled a team of leaders in music, videography and education, and arranged for their transportation and accommodation. During the first week, Juno-nominated musician and artist-educator Glenn Marais led a song-writing and recording workshop. Indigenous artist-educator Cathy Elliott and DAREarts Lead Teacher Shelley MacDonald taught the youths how to direct and edit the video during the following week. MacDonald is also a teacher with The Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts program, an affiliate organization whose support as Education Partner was critical for the project. Financial supporters include: Palgrave Rotary Club, Thunder Air, the Paul Semple Scholarship Fund, Sarah Haney, and Aeroplan donors (notably Hans Koehle, Maria Da Cunha, Cheryl Vhal and Victor Ford).

In the news:
In the face of suicide crisis, Attawapiskat youth find common voice in art: CBC News
Attawapiskat Youth are Ready to Show Canada Their Strength: Huffington Post Blog

DAREarts Returns to Attawapiskat – Posts by Artist-Educator Glenn Marais
Read Day One
Read Day Two
Read Days Three & Four
Read Day Four Thoughts
DAREarts Returns to Attawapiskat – Posts by Artist-Educators Cathy Elliott & Shelley MacDonald
Read Days Five, Six & Seven
Read Day Eight

DAREarts is a children’s charity that uses the arts to empower youth at-risk to become leaders. Our lead sponsors are Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, TD Bank Groupand the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.


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Guest Post: DAREarts Returns to Attawapiskat, Day Eight

Thunder Air LogoPalgrave Rotary Club, Thunder Air, Aeroplan donors (Hans Koehle, Maria Da Cunha, Cheryl Vhal, Victor Ford), The Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through The Arts Program, and the Paul Semple Scholarship Fund are supporting this project.

June 17th, 2016 | Written by DAREarts Artist-Educators Cathy Elliott & Shelley MacDonald | Day Eight

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Karis with DAREarts artist-educator Cathy Elliott.

The Editing Journey
MORNING: 
Karis, a graduate from Vezina Secondary School and a member of the Attawapiskat First Nations Youth Committee, met DAREarts and Royal Conservatory Artist-Educators at 10:00am sharp to continue the editing process while the rest of the students wrote their morning exams.  Karis has been instrumental in the vision behind this whole project.  She worked with Glenn on the song creation and is an excellent mentor for the students here at the high school.  She goes where she is needed to support the students here at the high school.  She has been here everyday since we arrived. She is a true DAREarts leader taking action and igniting change in her community.

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Artist-Educator Shelley MacDonald with an Attawapiskat youth.

AFTERNOON & EVENING: The kids were shooting until it got too dark to shoot.  The community, including us, staged a walk for the fight against drug dealers and bootleggers, culminating in a prayer circle and drumming by the river. We got together for a campfire with some of the students, and there were some of the drummers there including Robbie Sutherland, the Chair of the Youth Council. Our Feast turned out to be hotdogs and marshmallows, thanks to Shelley, and the video will have the walk in the credits, thanks to the students who videotaped the Walk. A very moving moment was when everyone did a thank-you handshake before we broke the circle. Shelley and Cathy met everyone eye to eye, hand to hand and they thanked us for being there supporting their children.

Over 25 students worked with us all week! The rough cut was shown over and over to the students, teachers and even a NAPS officer who dropped by the house. There wasn’t a big formal gathering because students were in different activities all day, including a paint-ball tournament, exams and prepping for the walk.

Sunset-webresWe had our own craft service feast Thursday night as students got some final shots in and helped with editing.

Here are some quotes from the youths:

“The process has been a great one to give people a view of the Attawapiskat we see. It’s amazing to see the lyrics of the song come to life.” Karis L., age 20, Attawapiskat Youth Commitee.

“It was fun! The food on our craft service table was yummy. Filming the Walking For Peace on the street with everyone was my favorite part.  It was cool. I am feeling very excited for the rest of Canada to see.” Nigel N., age 15, grade 9 student.

I really enjoyed this project. It’s a great hobby and I enjoy it. It also tells you the real story inside of Attawapiskat, not what others choose to see because of what’s in the media. I will still continue to tell the story, the true story of Attawapiskat and walk for peace and hope.” Jack L. Jr., age 16, grade 11 student.

“It was fun creating the song with Glenn and then making the music video with Cathy and Shelley. Attawapiskat is my home town and I am proud to live here.” Liza J., age 16, gr 10 student.

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DAREarts Returns to Attawapiskat – Posts by Artist-Educator Glenn Marais
Read Day One
Read Day Two
Read Days Three & Four
Read Day Four Thoughts
DAREarts Returns to Attawapiskat – Posts by Artist-Educators Cathy Elliott & Shelley MacDonald
Read Days Five, Six & Seven
Watch “Walking for Peace” by the youth of Attawapiskat


DAREarts is a children’s charity that uses the arts to empower youth at-risk to become leaders. Our lead sponsors are Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, TD Bank Groupand the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.


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Guest Post: DAREarts Returns to Attawapiskat, Days Five, Six & Seven

Thunder Air LogoPalgrave Rotary Club, Thunder Air, Aeroplan donors (Hans Koehle, Maria Da Cunha, Cheryl Vhal, Victor Ford), The Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through The Arts Program, and the Paul Semple Scholarship Fund are supporting this project.

June 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2016 | Written by DAREarts Artist-Educators Cathy Elliott & Shelley MacDonald | Day Five, Six, & Seven

13407042_10154261498302317_6137187653312452632_nDay 5: We arrived and hit the ground running! We started brainstorming with Karis, Ariel and Jack, who envisioned what the video might look like. They were instrumental in the groundwork of the song that dictates what they are feeling and guides the vision.

This is a continuation of what Glenn started; we started video right away on the first afternoon. They played with shadows on the ground by the shore. We started with just the three students and picked up more during the day. Very informal. They worked with the “bounce,” which reflected light on faces and created beautifully strong portraits of students. They want to do more close ups of faces.

13416749_10157005131075585_7890642931788541525_oDay 6: They strongly feel that Attawapiskat’s visibility is affecting them, both physically and emotionally.  On day two, they projected Peter Mansbridge introducing a feature “Checking in on Attawapiskat” from the housing crisis in 2010 and Jack and Joseph lined up their faces and lip synced Mansbridge’s words. They also want to have a group shot with them doing the same thing, mouthing the words of the media as the lead-up to the spoken word segment of the song.

We set up our “drum screen” in the classroom and rear-projected a walking scene and the students cast their shadows, walking, dancing, holding hands, celebrating. That evening, we met around 9:30 for the “magic hour” lighting of the setting sun. Liza and Nigel knocked on our door and we played back the music as they sang along for the lipsync. They walked around the town and we picked up two little girls who wanted to be in the movie. We found ourselves in the playground, by a hill and the silhouettes of the kids on the hill were spectacular with the “god sun” effect with the lens flare. 13416913_10157006104575585_1525913808101152598_oJack magically appeared in the group on the hill – which was growing, and started directing. He discovered the beautiful shadows on the red brick wall, and completely took control of the shoot. It was a miracle in action as we watched the students show the discipline it took to do take after take to get the perfect shot. It was wonderful to see them “come together” as a group and create an almost mythical creature on the wall.

A modern pictograph. Or a contemporary petroglyph – etching their presence on this land with the lens.

Day 7: This afternoon, we’ll start laying out the video and doing more shooting.

13418842_10154261498217317_5997809301985913957_nWe’ve decided to leave a camera with Jack. He’s got so much promise, he’ll use it for the Youth Council, start up a Youtube channel for the Council, and we know he’ll use it for good. He’s already shown extraordinary leadership, and this will be a great tool for him.

Photos courtesy Cathy Elliott & Shelley MacDonald.

DAREarts Returns to Attawapiskat – Posts by Artist-Educator Glenn Marais
Read Day One
Read Day Two
Read Days Three & Four
Read Day Four Thoughts
DAREarts Returns to Attawapiskat – Posts by Artist-Educators Cathy Elliott & Shelley MacDonald
Read Day Eight
Watch “Walking for Peace” by the youth of Attawapiskat


DAREarts is a children’s charity that uses the arts to empower youth at-risk to become leaders. Our lead sponsors are Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, TD Bank Groupand the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.


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Guest Post: DAREarts Returns to Attawapiskat, Day Four Thoughts

Thunder Air LogoPalgrave Rotary Club, Thunder Air, Aeroplan donors (Hans Koehle, Maria Da Cunha, Cheryl Vhal, Victor Ford), The Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through The Arts Program, and the Paul Semple Scholarship Fund are supporting this project.

Sat. June 11th 2016 | Written by DAREarts Artist-Educator Glenn Marais | Day Four, Thoughts

DAREarts Attawapiskat youths with Glenn - Day 3This journey had a different structure, purpose and sense of immediate need and urgency to it. We have all seen the news on Attawapiskat and the many other reserves in Canada buckling under the weight of poverty and neglect and years of Post Traumatic Stress from the Residential School System. Yes it’s time that we start identifying history in Canada for what it is and not what we would like it to be and what we want to see through our red and white colored glasses of glory that we are all guilty of looking through.  Our government enacted a cultural genocide on First Nations people through the Residential School System. The survivors have PTSD and their children bear the brunt of those symptoms that manifest in substance abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse.  They are suffering in an isolated silence that is only disturbed by reports of the extreme, “11 attempted suicides in one day.” A miracle that it was averted, with doors kicked down in the nick of time, and lives barely saved, a macabre clock ticking on the madness of a life deemed hopeless by the young.  Young lives, the heart-blood and promise of a community, in peril and jeopardy, because in our subjugated human nature we only take notice during crisis. I say this not to criticize, because I love my country. It gave my parents a place to make a life when they left South Africa in 1964 because of Apartheid laws. It is a place of peace. One of the students, a lovely girl, named Aniston who has worked so hard and passionately on this song and who is a shining light, to me, expressed that her community is a peaceful one. She said it with pride and assurance and it made me so happy to hear her say that.  Happy but also aware of the struggles she and others her age have faced and have in front of them. She is in that golden age, Gr.11, moving into her final year of high school with all the promise and dreams of youth awaiting her. She wants to go to OCAD and study art and I pray and hope that fate will be kind and that she will find the resolve and determination to make that insurmountable leap from the reserve to college.

IMG_3371Yes we are a multi-cultural nation and a beacon of hope for many. Historically we have made mistakes. Now is the time to move past apologies and start rectifying these mistakes with the appropriate sense of urgency.  There is a national emergency happening on our reserves. Can we mobilize and raise money and petition results the way we did with Fort Mac? Of course we can. Seek the purpose and find the reason my friends, because the answer is simple. It is the humane thing to do and we rise and fall on the depths of our humanity. It is the polar opposite to ignore the things going on and walk around in a utopian daze.  It is insanity.  I implore, plead and demand that we institute and embrace a national paradigm shift.  Let’s stop looking back, pointing fingers, accusing First Nations of having a free ride, shaking in heads in disgust and then carrying on with a countenance of an indolent veneer that is preoccupied with the minutiae of life and misses the big picture that is in front of us so large and brilliant that we can’t possibly miss it. The fastest growing population in North America, the pride of our nation, a cultural legacy of art, music, craftsmanship, survival skills, trapping, hunting, existing in a peaceful harmony with the Earth and possessing a deep knowledge and respect of nature and the animals that is synonymous with our current search for an eco based lifestyle.  Let’s embrace our First Nations brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, uncles, aunties, elders, sages and the glorious newborn babes and hold them in our arms like family and say with pride that we are here, we hear you, we will help you, we need you, you are family.

DAREarts Returns to Attawapiskat – Posts by Artist-Educator Glenn Marais
Read Day One
Read Day Two
Read Days Three & Four
DAREarts Returns to Attawapiskat – Posts by Artist-Educators Cathy Elliott & Shelley MacDonald
Read Days Five, Six & Seven
Read Day Eight
Watch “Walking for Peace” by the youth of Attawapiskat


DAREarts is a children’s charity that uses the arts to empower youth at-risk to become leaders. Our lead sponsors are Northbridge Insurance, Scotiabank, TD Bank Groupand the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.