On Friday, September 28, OCAD University invites you join our community in the observation of Orange Shirt Day, held annually in remembrance and recognition of the experiences of residential school survivors. Simply wear an orange shirt or an orange accessory, to participate.
Orange Shirt Day grew out of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad's story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of residential school. It provides an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually, and, in the spirit of reconciliation, come together as a community in remembrance and hope for generations of children to come, with the message that “Every Child Matters.”
Engage with Indigenous knowledge at OCAD U
In the Learning Zone:
Come and check out the OCAD Zine Library's new zine display with a focus on Indigenous peoples and decolonization, which is a priority for collection development of the zine library. A few highlights from the collection on display includeColonization and Decolonization: A Manual for Indigenous Liberation in the 21st Century, Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine and Muchacha Decolonize Travel.
In the Library:
Check out a display from the Library’s collection of Indigenous authors. Highlights from the display include The inconvenient Indian: a curious account of Native People in North America by Thomas King, Surviving Canadaby Myra Tait (Editor); Kiera Ladner (Editor), and Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spiritby Lynn Gehl.
Speaker Series: Expansive Approaches to Indigenous Art Histories
An ongoing series of free talks by Indigenous artists, curators, and scholars
Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
205 Richmond St. W., Room 420
September 20: Susan Blight
September 27: Lisa Myers
October 18: Richard Hill
Models for writing and teaching art historical knowledge have traditionally emerged from a western framework. The implications for knowledge formed under this lineage are often wrapped up in questions of perception and culture. Within conversations about Indigenous art, these factors call into play ideas of pedagogy and practice. The question of how Indigenous artists, curators, and scholars define art historical knowledge in relation to their own work locates Indigenous art histories in practices that come from contemporary and dynamic Indigenous-led research. Expansive Approaches to Indigenous Art Histories is a speaker series organized to question: What are Indigenous art histories? Who authors them? For what purpose? How does this knowledge get stored? How is it shared? And what ethical considerations emerge as a result of these shifts in thinking? This series is made possible by the Faculty of Graduate Studies through the Graduate Studies Indigenous Innovation Fund.
Visit the OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre
The Indigenous Student Centre offers a welcoming learning environment with a wide range of specialized services to support academic, cultural, social and emotional well-being of Indigenous students at OCAD University. A culturally activated space where students can meet, study or relax between classes, the INVC Student Centre hosts weekly events, guest lectures, workshops, visiting artists, field trips and extra-curricular activities supporting Indigenous visual arts and culture. The centre includes a resource library and archive, computer workstations, lounge, workspace and amenities including a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and snacks. Drop by, or connect on Facebook and Twitter.