Days of Canadian Culture at IECL - May 2019

Saturday, 4 May. 2019

The Canadian Studies Centre cordially invites all students and staff to participate in this year's edition of the Days of Canadian Culture. This year's edition will feature a series of lectures and workshops in Canada's indigenous cultures.

Tracy Bear (Cree), University of Alberta
Michelle LaFlamme (
Métis, Creek), University of the Fraser Valley
Monique Mojica (
Kuna and Rappahannock), playwright, theathre director, actress and artistic director of the  Chocolate Woman Collective, Toronto.


The detailed programme is in the document attacheed to this message

tracy2018bearDr. Tracy Bear, University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies & Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Director, Indigenous Women's Resilience Project

A Cree scholar from Montreal Lake First Nation, Assistant Professor cross-appointed with the Faculty of Native Studies and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Her PhD dissertation: Power in My Blood: Corporeal Sovereignty Through a Praxis of Indigenous Eroticanalysis won the Governor General Gold Medal award in 2016. She was the Academic Lead and Professor of Record on the hugely successful Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called Indigenous Canada (which now has almost 30,000 online learners). Her research areas are rooted in decolonial methodologies often found within Indigenous Studies, specifically, she engages in the areas of: Indigenous Erotics & Eroticanalysis; Indigenous Feminism, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sovereignty, Land & Body Politics; and Contemporary Indigenous Art.

Lecture  #1 – 8 May , Wednesday, 13:30-14:30 room. 1.49

Lecture #2 - 10 May, Friday, 13:30-14:30 room. 1.49

Lecture  #3 – 15 May, Wednesday, 11: 40-12:50 SRW

Workshops - 16 May,5:00 -18:30

Michelle-LaFlammeDr. Michelle LaFlamme (Métis, Creek and African-Canadian), Department of English, University of the Fraser Valley
Michelle has taught for years at UBC and SFU and is currently a faculty member at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is an educator, performer, and activist with a doctoral degree in English literature from the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation, “Living, Writing and Staging Racial Hybridity,” was awarded the Paul Stanwood Prize for the best doctoral thesis in the Department of English (2006) and is being published by Wilfred Laurier University Press. Her publications focus on representations of racialized bodies in Canadian novels, autobiographies and plays.

Michelle loves the theatre as much as she enjoys teaching. As a performer and activist she has been involved with the Aboriginal arts community, working with Margo Kane at Full Circle First Nations Performance and (IMAG) Indigenous Media Arts Group. She has also developed forum theatre projects with David Diamond’s Theatre for Living. Though busy with her full-time teaching and research, she still delights in performing at various conferences and community events.

Social justice work is an essential element of her background and her passion lies in developing curriculum that reflects the worldviews of Aboriginal people. She has been the Program Director in the Centre for Aboriginal Programs and Services at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Her highlights included developing and implementing the Aboriginal Leadership Certificate and gaining distinction for the highest enrolment and retention rates in this program. Michelle was also honored to be one of the first faculty members to teach in the First Nations Studies Program at UBC. In international contexts, Michelle has been a guest lecturer in Germany for a year of teaching in the areas of Canadian literature and Aboriginal theatre. She has also lived and taught in both the Netherlands and Spain.

Lecture #4 – 15 May, Wednesday, 13:20-14:30 SRW

Lecture #5 - 17 May, Friday, 11:40-12:50 s. 1.49
“Indigenous resurgence and the processes of Indigenization in Canada and elsewhere”

Workshops - 16 May, Thursday, 10:00 -13:00
THEATRE WORKSHOP ON STORYTELLING - “Embodying our stories …”

Moniqie MojicaMonique Mojica

Monique Mojica (Kuna and Rappahannock) is a playwright, director, and actor based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was born in New York City, but came to Canada as founding member of Native Earth Performing Arts. She is dedicated to a theatrical practice as acts of healing, of reclaiming historical/cultural memory and resistance. 

She has appeared in several films and plays, including Smoke Signals in 1998, and her own stage play Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots. She is the co-editor, with Ric Knowles, of Staging Coyote’s Dream An Anthology of First Nations Drama in English, vols. I & II.

Mojica comes from a long line of theatre practitioners. Her mother, Gloria Miguel, and aunts Muriel Miguel and Lisa Mayo (born Elizabeth Miguel) are the founders of Spiderwoman Theater. Mojica began training in acting and theatre at the age of three and follows many of the traditions of storytelling and theatre creating seen in Spiderwoman's works; her theatrical practice embraces not only her artistic lineage through mining stories embedded in the body, but also the connection to stories coming through land and place.

 She has taught Indigenous Theatre in theory, process and practice at Brown University, the University of Illinois, the Institute of American Indian Arts, McMaster University, and throughout Canada, Latin America and Europe. She is a former co- director of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and a co-founder of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble. In 2007 she founded Chocolate Woman Collective to develop the play Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way, premiered in June 2011, which was created by devising a dramaturgy specific to Guna cultural aesthetics, story narrative and literary structure. She was most recently seen onstage in Izzie M.: The Alchemy of Enfreakment (2018), written by her, with an illustrious collaborative team of Indigenous artists from diverse disciplines, and in Tara Beagan's Honour Beat (2018) for Theatre Calgary. Upcoming projects include a European tour with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in I lost my Talk (2019) as part of the Life Reflected series and the role of Aunt Shadie in Marie Clements’ The Unnatural and Accidental Women (2019), the inaugural production of the new Indigenous Theatre department at The National Arts Centre.

Lecture #6 - 20 May, Monday, 13:20-14:40 SRW


Workshops - 20 May, Monday, 15:15-18:45 SRW



Signing up for academic and theatre workshops  - deadline May 15 th 2019
Students interested in workshops are requested to contact Prof. Eugenia Sojka at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The number of participants is limited.  Diplomas confirming participation in workshops will be issued.  
Workshops’ descriptions


May 16th



Dr. Tracy Bear


(max 20 participants)



This workshop builds upon the RED EROTIC: THE FALL AND RISE OF INDIGENOUS EROTICS Lecture #3 Red Erotic.  It includes a one hour lecture  and a 3 hour workshop. It also includes an ‘Indian Act Erotica Poetry’ activity as well as a VAJ (visually artistic journal) workshop. Some visual journal material will be provided, participants are invited to bring some art supplies (paints, watercolours, felt pens, scissors, glue sticks, favorite quotes and sayings, magazine cutouts).  

May 16th



Dr. Michelle LaFlamme


(max 20 participants)




THEATRE WORKSHOP ON STORYTELLING - “Embodying our stories …”


All people tell stories through images. Dr. La Flamme introduces people to the foundational ideas behind her Storytelling class.  Theatre games and vocal warm-ups  will be used to improvise and develop some images to reflect stories that are connected to our lives. The important role of storytelling in community and culture will be considered.   No personal acting experience is required for this workshop, just an active imagination.  Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to play!

May 20th




Monique Mojica


 (12-15 participants)


An introductory workshop in land-based, embodied Indigenous performance. Participants will explore an embodied approach to storytelling by connecting the body to land and place. This process results in the generation of organic texts from deep within the body’s memory The workshop will include participatory “on your feet” group exercises in sourcing impulse, gesture, sound, movement, and strategies for collective creation. Comfortable attire required. All present are asked to participate. 

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