NEW DATE: February 23, 2018, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Treaty Workshop with David D Plain and Monica Virtue
Date: Friday, February 23, 2018 (rescheduled from February 6, 2018)
Location: Queen's Square (see map)
Anishnaabe author David D Plain from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and filmmaker/designer Monica Virtue have partnered to create Treaty Workshops that fuse traditional oral storytelling with interactive mapping, animations and videos. While David talks about canoe routes, the Anishnaabeg migration story and subsequent struggles with other contending First Nations and colonial powers, Monica maps his story in real-time using Google Earth. David discusses various wars and the different wampum that were exchanged to end them, sharing physical items like a replica Two Row wampum and a calumet.
Later, as Monica talks about colonization and breaking the wampum agreements, she uses maps to illustrate various local cession treaties (a.k.a. surrender treaties). Data visualization is used where possible, such as when explaining the structure of the Department of Indian Affairs. Equal weight is given to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge and comparisons are drawn throughout, such as between Indigenous and non-Indigenous world views as told through the Anishnaabe and Western creation stories. The Treaty Workshop ends with a discussion about decolonization and/or reconciliation, and with building a new world through a stronger nation-to-nation relationship.
David D Plain
David D Plain is an indigenous historian/author and gifted speaker from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. One of his books won a Golden Scribe award in 2008 and he was a finalist for an Eric Hoffer Award in 2014. He has published three non-fiction history books and one historical fiction. David also published a poetry book in 2016 as well as co-authored the screenplay for a one-hour TV drama series based on his historical fiction. David holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Tyndale Seminary in Toronto.
Monica Virtue is a settler from Woodstock, Ontario. During the Ipperwash Inquiry in 2005 she was hired by the law firm representing the Estate of Dudley George to create an educational documentary on the history of the Ipperwash Provincial Park lands. Since then, she has conducted substantial archival research into treaties, the Indian Act and colonization, and has conducted co-designed research using counter-mapping techniques and GIS technology. Monica holds a BA in Communication Studies, a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Television & Film, and graduated from OCAD University in 2016 with a Master of Design in Digital Futures.