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Reconciliation: Screening of Gord Downie's 'Secret Path'

  • The Root Cellar 623 Dundas Street London, ON, N5W 2Z1 Canada (map)

Minimum $10 donation, in support of The Chippewas Sustainable Living Project.

6:30pm Doors and Bar open
6:50pm - Welcome address and sage burning with Chief Myeengun, Elected Chief of Chippewas of The Thames First Nation and Manager of Aboriginal Services at Conestoga College
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Screening Gord Downie's, Secret Path
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Discussion with Chief Myeengun on reconciliation and what it means to be an ally to the First Nations people.

The Secret Path is an animated film adaptation of Gord Downie's album and Jeff Lemire's graphic novel. Working with Downie's poetry and music, Lemire has created a powerful visual representation of the life of Chanie Wenjack. The film is divided into ten chapters, each a song from Downie's musical retelling of Chanie's story – from his escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School, to his subsequent and heartbreaking death from hunger and exposure to the harsh weather. The final product is a uniquely immersive emotional experience - an insight into the life of a little boy who, as Gord has said, he never knew, "but will always love."

More about Chippewas Sustainable Living Project:

Building Better has partnered with Chief Myeengun, Manager of Aboriginal Services at Conestoga College and Chippewas of The Thames First Nation to implement a sustainability and cultural site.

Using 5 acres of reserve land, we will showcase sustainable building and living technologies. We will also allow space for community engagement and First Nation cultural practices including sweat lodging, story telling, fire circles, food production and craft and skill development. We hope to combine new technologies and ancient First Nation beliefs to promote sustainability in our area, and improve our native / non-native relationship.

We will build an earthship home that uses passive solar heating and cooling, water collection and treatment, solar electricity, indoor food production, and will be built using recycled materials. Chief Myeengun will use this home and gain first hand experience living off-grid and in a sustainable way. We hope to inspire others in his community to make similar choices and reduce their environmental impact. We plan to host workshops and tours for skill transfer and education in sustainable technologies.

We will also build an off-grid tiny home from mostly salvaged materials, that operates using solar panels and water catchment systems. It will feature a well insulated living space that requires very little energy to heat and cool.

It will be built locally in London, Ontario in shared workspace by non-profit organization, Building Better. This model of sustainability will showcase Building Better’s work of making a living space that is in line with environmental values.

The tiny home will be available for rent so that people can experience small space and off grid living, and engage in eco-tourism locally. This opportunity will be open to both First Nations people and non-natives. We hope to bridge our cultural gap and give non-natives a tourism experience on the reservation. We plan to develop this into an eco-tourism based social enterprise that provides meaningful employment to members of the Chippewa community.

Proceeds from the rental will be used to fund the next build. The tiny homes that are built with rental income will be used for affordable housing for people living on the Chippewa of the Thames first nations reservation, where first nations people will be encouraged to apply for a low and affordable rent to own program.

We hope to provide building experience and training to members of the Chippewa community that are interested in building and sustainable technology.

We have secured the Hutton House as our charity partner and will work together to develop a skills training program in building, eco-tourism and food production for their participants with barriers to employment.

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