We are grateful to acknowledge the generous support of our community partners, funders and Corporate Sponsors who have made this project possible.
Production & Organizational Mentors
important note about our funding
The Rivers Speak Community Play was performed on the Anishinaabe territory of Mississaugi First Nation, which is part of the Robinson Huron Treaty territory. It brought 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 related to both the past thousands of years of Indigenous life on this land, and to the 150 years since Confederation.
Some stories were about catching fish and canoeing down beautiful rivers. Other stories were 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 accepted the Ontario 150 Partnership Program 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 accepted 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 committed - and continue to 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 had impact that will resonate 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.