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The Global Solidarity Series is a new video series presented by the Global Learning Team that will explore the topic of global solidarity from diverse perspectives and sensibilities. Please join us as we welcome new hosts each year who will invite guests from across the world to explore the topic of Global Solidarity.  

Indigenous Perspectives From Turtle Island and Beyond

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Launched as part of the university's 2020  Pow Wow Education Week , this year's focus for the series is Indigenous Perspectives From Turtle Island and Beyond. We are thrilled to partner with the  Musagetes Foundation , external link  for the series. 

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Meet Our Hosts!

The Indigenous hosts of the series sit smiling next to each other on a boulder in the middle of a green field. In the background are tall grasses and blue sky with clouds.

A warm welcome to this year's hosts, Leslie McCue from Curve Lake First Nation (left) and Elwood Jimmy from Thunderchild Cree Nation (right). 

Leslie Kachena McCue  is a proud member of the Mississaugas of Curve Lake First Nation, currently living and working in Ajax. Leslie is an artist who also works freelance for various organizations in performance, arts administration, facilitation, and project coordination. Her work is driven by her past, her passion to educate, and the motivation to empower others. 

Leslie is a three year Fellow for the International Society for the Performing Arts and is grateful to be a part of the Thread Residency with Musagetes Foundation. Leslie currently works independently with Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto, Chocolate Woman Collective, Mola Dulad Media Collective, CHIPPEWAR, Young Peoples Theatre and the Royal Ontario Museum. , external link

Elwood Jimmy  is originally from Thunderchild First Nation, a Nehiyaw community situated in the north central region of what we now know as Canada. For over 20 years, he has played a leadership role in several projects, programs and organizations, locally and abroad. Since 2015, he has worked with the Musagetes Foundation, a philanthropic organization with a mandate to make the arts more meaningful in peoples lives. Through his role there, he has been able to work with Indigenous communities in his current home of southern Ontario, as well as in the global south and global far north. That relational work and exchange with his global peers provides a rich source of nourishment and guidance in his artistic, curatorial, writing and life practices.

Series Videos

In the third conversation of the Global Solidarity Series, Leslie McCue and Elwood Jimmy talk with filmmaker, Miguel Hilari, whose films deal with memory, migration, and colonial history and indigenous identity and culture. In their conversation, Miguel, Leslie and Elwood discuss Miguel's the tensions in documenting Indigenous life in Bolivia, Indigenous solidarity in the practice of filmmaking and the power of Indigenous voices and filmmaking in challenging stereotypical portrayals of Indigenous culture. Miguel also shares his favorite food (Queso Humacha) and the musician he's been listening to recently - Elysia Crampton , external link, opens in new window . Miguel was generous enough to share links to the recipe for Queso Humacha , external link, opens in new window .

Miguel also mentions: Wapikone Mobile and the short film 'The Amendment' , external link, opens in new window  (2007), " Cumbia , external link, opens in new window " (2021)

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Miguel Hilari (1985, Aymara/German) is a filmmaker based in La Paz, Bolivia. 

His works “ El corral y el viento , external link, opens in new window ” (2014) and “ Compañía , external link, opens in new window ” (2019) deal with migration and movement between territories. “ Bocamina , external link, opens in new window ” (2019) is about colonial history and its images. They have been screened and awarded at international festivals. For some time now, he organizes film workshops for children and teenagers.

Other works include: " Plaza Chola Globalizada , external link " (2020)

In the second conversation of the Global Solidarity Series, Leslie McCue and Elwood Jimmy talk with performance artist, poet, actor, curator, storyteller and writer, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory. Laakkuluk is Kalaaleq (Greenlandic Inuk) and is known for performing uaajeerneq, a Greenlandic mask dance. In their wide ranging conversation, Laakkuluk, Leslie and Elwood discuss the practice and nature of uaajeerneq, the importance and impact of relationships with the land, the water, and the nonhuman, the complexity of settler and Indigenous collaboration, and much more.

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is an award-winning performance artist, poet, actor, curator, storyteller and writer. She is Kalaaleq (Greenlandic Inuk) known for performing uaajeerneq, a Greenlandic mask dance. Her collaboratively created play Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools, won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Toronto Theatre Critics Association award and traveled internationally before the pandemic. Winner of the inaugural Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award from the Inuit Art Foundation, she has contributed new work in Abadakone (National Gallery of Canada) and is co-creator of Silaup Putunga, a film installation piece acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario and will be in exhibition in 2022. Laakkuluk is currently shortlisted for the 2021 Sobey Art Prize. She performs and collaborates with many artists and is a fierce advocate for Inuit artists. She lives in Iqaluit with her husband and 3 children.

In the first video of the Global Solidarity Series, Leslie McCue and Elwood Jimmy talk with Rev. Houston R. Cypress from the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida. Houston is a Two-Spirit Poet, Artist, Filmmaker and Environmentalist. In their conversation, Houston discusses the work and projects he leads through his non-profit, as well as his perspectives and experiences with Indigenous solidarity with other Nations. He talks about the importance of relationships with our non-human family and the land, youth engagement in Global Indigenous Solidarity, honouring diverse gender identities from an Indigenous perspective, and how Indigenous Global Solidarity can continue through the pandemic. 

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Rev. Houston R. Cypress, Otter Clan (He/They)

Rev. Houston R. Cypress is a Two-Spirit Poet, Artist, Filmmaker and Environmentalist from the Otter Clan of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.  Pronouns:  He / They.  He resides on the Miccosukee Reservation in the River of Grass region of the Greater Everglades, an area called by his community:  KAHAYATLE, which can be translated as “Shimmering Waters.”

 Art, conflict management, multimedia communications, gender diversity and spirituality are some of the disciplines & priorities that he contributes through collaborations with local, regional, and international organizations.

He invites you to join him in creating portals between worlds.


In this video, this year's hosts, Elwood Jimmy from Thunderchild Cree Nation and Leslie McCue from Curve Lake First Nation, introduce themselves and present the focus of this years series - Indigenous Perspectives from Turtle Island and Beyond. 

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