Scarborough, Ontario. May 7, 2022 — 1-2:30PM
Walk Leader and Poetry Curator/Facilitator Anna Nieminen will be leading the “Living in Indigenous Sovereignty” Poetry Walk as part of the Jane’s Walk Festival. Nieminen’s walk description states, “Through an introduction to a curated collection of poems that relate in some way to truth, justice and reconciliation, be prepared to feel unsettled as we confront erasure of Indigenous Peoples’ lived experiences and disrupt notions around entitlement to land and domination over land, and likely come away with more questions than answers. But also, be prepared to feel nudged to know more about growing in relation to Indigenous Peoples, lands, and sovereignty.”
The walk will feature poems by Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer, Jeevan Bhagwat, Jessica Outram, Rebeka Tabobondung, Chief R. Stacey Laforme, Gladys Rowe, and Elizabeth Carlson-Manathara.
The theme of the walk is inspired by Nieminen’s reading of the book Living in Indigenous Sovereignty by Elizabeth Carlson-Manathara with Gladys Rowe and other contributors (Fernwood Publishing, 2021) as well as her viewing of the related film project at Stories of Decolonization (https://www.storiesofdecolonization.org).
Anna Nieminen is a poetry curator, movement arts facilitator and blogger. She has co-facilitated monthly Scarborough Poetry Club meetings since October 2015 and has organized National Poetry Month celebrations and other poetry reading events and workshops in Toronto.