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These mittens made of deerskin, velvet, flannelette, silk, ribbon and cotton were one of the selected Indigenous belongings that Norman Vorano presented in November to the youth as part of Storying Resilience.
Geraldine King leads the Poetry Writing Workshop on  25 January.
Making Belongings workshop, Storying Resilience with the Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program
Thursdays, 25 January, 8 February, 8 March and 12 April 2018
3–5:30 pm

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and the Agnes are offering a series of after-school, hands-on sessions for Indigenous youth to tell their stories, and explore many facets of artmaking. Four Directions’ Aboriginal Youth Leadership Program creates a culturally affirming gathering place for Indigenous youth, grades 8–12, in the Kingston area. For details, contact Elias George at Four Directions:


25 January 2018 
Poetry Writing Workshop with Geraldine King

 This workshop will begin with a tour through Kent Monkman’s exhibition, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, followed by process and impulse-based writing exercises that celebrate and facilitate collaborative writing, demonstrate how languages impact the way poems are consumed, and emphasize the spontaneity of poetry.  This session invites Indigenous youth (grades 8-12) and Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students in the Katarokwi/Kingston area to join.

Geraldine King is Anishinaabe and a member of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek located in the Robinson Superior Treaty area. Geraldine is foremost a parent whose primary goal is to create kind and gentle worlds for her two sons. As a student, Geraldine is a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies program at Queens University where she has been awarded a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship to undertake work in the transformative power of Anishinaabe love works. Geraldine is a creative writer whose words emerge from here and the elsewhere.

8 February 2018
In the Studio with Onangattay

In this workshop, Katarokwi/Kingston-based artist, Onangattay, will be sharing his art making traditions and Indigenous-centred teachings with a workshop focused on using organic materials to create pigments, etching, painting and visual storytelling.

Onangattay is a French-Ojibwe self-taught painter and a storyteller. Early in his career he spent time painting and sketching with renowned artist Norval Morrisseau, who encouraged him to find his own style. Today, using his talents to share the Ojibwe language, legends, songs and traditional ways has become his passion.

8 March 2018
Artmaking with Camille Usher

12 April 2018

Listening to Our Communities: Storytelling through the Arts  has been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area consisting of the Jim & Julie Parker Fund, The Regina Rosen Fund, The Edward Ratcliffe Fund and the Larry Gibson Community Fund.