The Rethink 150: Indigenous Truth initiative is hosting daily events drawing attention to the long history of indigenous peoples in the Okanagan and the settler colonial context of Canadian confederation, this week until to July 3.
Rethink 150: Indigenous Truth uses artistic interventions in multiple media, scales, and locations to tell truths about Syilx generosity to early settlers, ongoing Syilx vitality, and the violence of colonialism, including residential schools, stolen lands and damaged ecosystems.
The initiative says it is working to open public space for these truths, to generate cross-cultural listening and learning, to envision new ways of living together, and to leave a lasting, material legacy that can help transform landscapes and communities in the Okanagan.
Community art exhibit
June 27 to July 3 – The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art hosts an exhibition of artistic work. The exhibition includes art by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists engaging with the following themes: stories of the past, present, and future of the Okanagan; relations to the land and people of this place; the ongoing effects of settler colonialism that are effaced by celebratory accounts of Canada 150; and the presence and strength of Syilx peoples.
Signage and Place-Claiming: Artistic Intervention and Discussion
Wednesday, June 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Join urban geographer Delacey Tedesco, archaeologist Joanne Hammond, and artist Crystal Przybille for a discussion and temporary art intervention deconstructing colonial-history making and place-claiming through public signage and images at the Knox Mountain First Lookout Pavilion.
Screening and discussion of untitled part 4: terra incognita
Thursday, June 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Join the initiative for a screening of untitled part 4: terra incognita followed by a discussion with Wilfred Barnes, Pamela Barnes, and Edna Terbasket, who are all featured in the 2005 documentary at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.
Activist poetry and spoken word
Friday, June 30 at 7 p.m.
Hosted by the Inspired Word Café, an evening of spoken word and poetry performances focused in rethinking and revisioning Canadian histories and identities at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.