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Maamawi

Divest Waterloo and Faith and the Common Good

Saturday, 11 May 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Maamawi

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RSVP 14 May 2019 Free  

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Maamawi is the culminating theatrical performance of the Waterloo Storytelling Project.

From May 6th through the 10th Debajehmujig storytellers will visit our region to simultaneously tell their ancient stories and gather stories from our community. They will use storytelling workshops and theatre to engage a broad cross-section of people in a community-wide learning opportunity about our relationships with each other and with the land and reconciliation in the Canadian and local context.

 By sharing their ancient stories and teachings and gathering stories from our community, the Debaj storytellers will help us to reflect on our individual and shared beliefs, values and worldviews that influence our attitudes and actions. By focusing on our relationships with each other and with the land, and creating an understanding of our common path forward this project will support both reconciliation and increased engagement in climate action; two essential elements of a just path forward.

Climate change is more than a technological or economic problem; at its core it's a relationship problem resulting from a breakdown in our relationships with each other and with the land.   Debajehmujig’s storytelling and theatre will create opportunities for authentic interactions amongst highly diverse groups in our community, resulting in the building of trust relationships and discovering common ground. Our project is a local place-based response to a global emergency.

Maamawi is an Ojibway word meaning “bringing together” or just "together" as it applies to things that are alive water, plants, animals, birds and fish and humans. 

Maamawi is a collaborative theatre project that combines ancient stories of this land and of Indigenous spirituality with stories gathered from our region to create theatre with and for our community that is place-based, meaningful, and that brings us into discussions about a new national narrative on reconciliation and just relationships with each other and with the Earth.

The project is led by the Indigenous storytelling experts Debajehmujig Theatre Group and a local advisory circle lead by Amy Smoke and local Indigenous theatre artist and community animator Heather Majaury.

Heartfelt thanks to our funders and project partners: Ahwenehaode - Indigenous Justice, Pins and Needles Fabric Company, The United Church of Canada Justice and Reconciliation Fund, The City of Kitchener, The City of Waterloo, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, Parkminster United Church, LSPIRG, Interfaith Grand River, The Working Centre, YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo, rare Charitable Research Reserve, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and the University of Waterloo Theatre of the Arts. 

 


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Theatre of the Arts at the University of Waterloo
Theatre of the Arts UW. ML 135 UW
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

Saturday, 11 May 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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Divest Waterloo and Faith and the Common Good

Divest Waterloo is a local chapter of Faith and the Common Good and exists to expand awareness about the climate crisis and climate justice, and to create the collective will to make the changes necessary to avoid the worst climate impacts and support a just transition to a low carbon future. We do this in solidarity with Indigenous land and water defenders. By working in solidarity, we commit to understanding the roots of our broken relationships, to repairing the damage done to our fellow living beings, and to following through with concrete actions for revitalization.
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