june, 2017

6jun12:00 pm- 1:30 pmTraditional Drumming, Singing and Dancing as Art and Healing


Event Details

When: Tuesday, June 6th, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

: Room 136, 209 Victoria. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

About this event
: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada made 94 recommendations known as the “Calls to Action” to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of reconciliation. Seven of the Calls to Action are related to health. This event will be highlighting Call to Action #22:


“We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal Healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients.”

In advance of National Aboriginal Day held annually on June 21st, you are invited to learn about Anishnaabe healing practices and culture through traditional drumming, singing and dancing performed by the Red Spirit Singers. This is a unique opportunity for health care providers to begin to understand the significant influences of culture and healing practices in the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples.

Read the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action here.

Read the Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission here. To borrow a printed copy, please email centrelist@smh.ca

To register: This session is open to people who work or volunteer at St. Michael’s Hospital. Space is limited. To register, please email: centrelist@smh.ca

Program description: There are four circles around the drum when it is set up at a traditional gathering. Each of the four circles is designated for each member of the Indigenous community that maintains a connection to the spirits. The Red Spirit Singers will share how the drum helps to connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to culture by sharing the teachings of the drum, a teaching about dance with particular emphasis on the jingle dress, and how it is a medicine dress when worn, a healing dance. A Jingle dress dancer will be present to demonstrate the dance and how it is linked to cultural and traditional healing methods.  In addition, some of the Red Spirit singers will provide their own personal narrative on how the drum has been healing to them in their lives and has connected them to their culture.

About the Red Spirit Singers: The Red Spirit Singers are of the Ojibway, Cree, Oneida and Dakota nations. They came together as a drum group in 1998. Over the years, the Red Spirit Singers have travelled to pow wows all over Southern Ontario. Additionally, some Red Spirit Singers members have travelled to perform in countries all over the world, such as when they journeyed to South Korea to perform at a ten-day International Dance Festival in Andong City. They are regularly asked to do cultural presentations and have performed at the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games opening ceremonies in 2015, the opening ceremonies for the World AIDS Conference in Toronto 2006, and performing in front of the Pope for World Youth Day in Toronto at Downsview Park 2002, plus appearances on MuchMusic, CityTV and TVO.



(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

209 Victoria Street, 5th Floor RM 511

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