Decolonization and Reconciliation: Teachings and Music from the Land
With Melina Laboucan-Massimo and Nick Demeris
August 22 - 27, 2020
This five day program that aims to move participants from an era of separateness (from nature and people) to a new paradigm of community, interconnectedness, and deep reverence for all life on Earth.
We will examine the extractive, exploitative, and destructive language and practices of colonization on Turtle Island, still present today. By practicing reciprocal relationships with each other and the land, we begin a path of healing and genuine reconciliation between Indigenous peoples, settlers, and the Earth itself.
Through the cultivation of deep listening, hearing teachings and songs about our sacred connection to the Earth, we will remember our place in the sacred circle of life and reconnect to each other, our communities, and Mother Earth. This reconnection will be mediated by singing, moving, writing, accessing our collective creativity, and participating in ceremony.
Melina Laboucan-Massimo on CNN:
Nick Demeris speaks at TedX about empowerment through song, and keeping doubt at bay:
Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree First Nation from Northern Alberta, Canada. She has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for the past 15 years. Currently a Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation, Melina’s research is focused on Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge and Renewable Energy. Melina holds a master’s degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria with a focus on Renewable Energy in First Nation communities. Facing firsthand impacts of the Alberta tar sands in her traditional territory, Melina has been a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights. For over a decade, Melina worked as a Climate and Energy Campaigner…
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Nick Demeris is a two time TEDx participant (speaker and host), actor, singer, and facilitator of community building through music, turning audiences into orchestras all around the globe. In his fourth year as a singer, creator, and teaching artist at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Nick works with master musicians, Public School teachers, aspiring artists, and young people in the juvenile justice system, to improvise, write, produce, and record original music: National Youth Orchestra (USA), Boston Children’s Chorus, Commedia Dell’Opera – OTOYOTOY, ITAC 4, Future Music Project, and member of Moving Star Ensemble. Nick travels the globe performing original…
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