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Talking Treaties with Ange Loft

September 29, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

This event is to be aligned with Bonnie McElhinny’s course “Living on the Water” (Tuesday’s 4-6 pm, New College University of Toronto).

Session Description:

This presentation and workshop reflects on treaty making and upkeep in what is now known as Toronto, through the lens of three main agreements: the Dish with One Spoon; the Covenant Chain and 1764 Treaty of Niagara; and the ‘Toronto Purchase’ with the Mississauga’s of the Credit. Narratives of Nation-to-Nation gift giving, kin building, resource sharing, and the role of oral memory are supported by excerpts from the 2016 Talking Treaties Audio Gallery and the 2019 film “By These Presents: ‘Purchasing’ Toronto”. Glimpses of the multi-year community engaged process reveal the capacity of arts-based learning to foster personalized and active approaches to treaty knowledge.

Ange Loft is an interdisciplinary performing artist and initiator from Kahnawake Kanienkehaka Territory, working in Toronto. She is an ardent collaborator, consultant, facilitator, and mentor working in story weaving, arts-based research, wearable sculpture and Haudenosaunee history. Ange works within the community, art, and education sectors as a speaker, co-creator and advisory member. She’s also a vocalist with the Juno and Polaris nominated band YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN. 

Zoom link will be available day of the event. Contact: waterallies@utoronto.ca for inquiries.


September 29, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm