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Important Information for Audience Members

Please note that the performance takes place outdoors and audience members will be required to walk on uneven ground throughout the performance.   Seating will be available.  Please dress for the weather, and bring an umbrella in case of rain. Coffee, tea, water and light snacks will be available.  Washrooms are also on site.  Please contact us in advance if you require special assistance.

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The rivers have always spoken.  It is time for us to listen.

 

A young French Canadian girl and Anishnaabe boy are growing up
fast
on the land and waters of Algoma in the 1940s.

On the banks of the Penewabekong Ziibii, Thunderbird Woman and the Thunderbird Children are preparing to make an offering to the water.

At the Wharncliffe Hall, the loggers are getting ready to host a
square dance in celebration of the end of log run season.  

Come hear an all-ages cast of community performers and Elders share these stories and teachings using local cultural, musical, and storytelling traditions and ceremonial elements in eight magical performances at the Mississaugi First Nation Pow Wow Grounds.  

You don't want to miss this river journey of a lifetime!

 
 

About the Rivers Speak

Learn more about what the Rivers Speak Community Play is all about and what we've done so far. 

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JOIN THE TEAM

Looking to perform in the play?  Sew costumes or build sets?  Click here to sign up - everyone is welcome!

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behind the scenes

Meet the incredible team of local and visiting Elders, artists and community builders who have been guiding the Rivers Speak process since 2013.

Meet the Crew →

photo gallery

Browse through photos of over four years of workshops, events, conversations, story sharing circles, and art-making fun that have led to the creation of the Rivers Speak Community Play!

See the Photos  → 

 
 

An Important Note About Our Funding

The Rivers Speak Community Play will be performed on the Anishinaabe territory of Mississaugi First Nation, which is part of the Robinson Huron Treaty territory.  It will bring together Indigenous and settler community members to listen and understand one another’s stories about our personal connections to the land and water in the area now called Algoma. Stories will relate to both the past thousands of years of Indigenous life on this land, and to the 150 years since Confederation.

Some stories are about catching fish and canoeing down beautiful rivers.  Other stories are about the enduring effects of residential schools and other injustices on local families and communities.  All of these are true stories of people living in this place, and all are worthy of being heard by everyone who is living here.

We have accepted the Ontario 150 Partnership Program funding - along with other funding - with the hope of leveraging these funds to support capacity building for Indigenous and other local artists, centering Indigenous history and perspectives from the last 150++++ years, and building relationships across difference by collaborating cross-culturally and intergenerationally using the arts as a catalyst for conversations that matter.

In accepting this funding, we are accepting the challenge and the responsibility to work with people of all Nations and all ages to create space for the true and full history of Canada’s 150-year relationship with the First People of Turtle Island to be shared, acknowledged, and learned from.  In doing so we commit to ensuring that local Anishinaabe and other Indigenous voices are centered in this work.

By doing this work together with people of all cultures and ages in Central Algoma, the Thinking Rock Board of Directors, as well as our community and artist collaborators, hope this work will have impact that resonates into future generations, challenging our thinking about Canada's 150th, and allowing us to envision how we might move forward together for the next 150 years from a place of truth-telling, accountability, love, and mutual respect.   

We invite you to be part of this river journey!