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Richmond to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:49 PDT, Tue June 16, 2020

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, Richmond is offering online events available to the public.

Through these events, participants and observers can learn more about the heritage and cultures of Indigenous peoples and communities. 

Highlights include:

Labour’s Trace (ongoing until mid-July)

Exhibition link: www.richmondartgallery.org/labourstrace

Watch Karin Jones, an artist of African descent living in Vancouver, and Amy Malbeuf, a Métis artist based in Nova Scotia, work with traditional and contemporary materials and techniques that encourage discussions regarding labour, identity, cultural knowledge and cultural legacies.

Métis Beading with Pointillism (ongoing until mid-July)

YouTube link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpPifyQ797k

In this online art lesson for kids, we look at the work of Canadian artist Amy Malbeuf and create an artwork inspired by Métis beadwork. 

Online Tour and Artist Interview with Manuel Axel Strain (ongoing until Sept. 1)

Video link and exhibit info: www.richmondartgallery.org/self-portrait-with-mended-flesh/

Located at the Aberdeen Station on the Canada Line, this self portrait diptych by two-spirit artist Manuel Axel Strain reflects a deep connection to their Grandmother. In this video, the artist reflects on vulnerability and resilience in reference to current and historical forms of colonial violence.

Online Film Screening: Birth of a Family (June 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.)

Zoom event. To receive the zoom link, register at https://yourlibrary.bibliocommons.com/events/search/local_start=2020-06-19%20TO%202020-06-19/event/5edab606a3579015044c81c3.

This deeply moving documentary follows the stories of four siblings as they meet for the first time since they were removed from their Dene mother and adopted into separate families during Canada’s infamous 60s Scoop.

Indigenous Story Telling (June 15 to 19 and June 21)

Richmond Public Library Facebook page: www.facebook.com/yourlibraryRichmond

Tune in to the Richmond Public Library Facebook page to enjoy Indigenous story reading, suitable for all ages. A new video will be posted on Facebook each day and can be accessed anytime during the day.

Video: Sea to Sky by Thomas Cannell and Franz Mayer of Munich (online starting June 20)

Webpage link: www.richmond.ca/culture/publicart/whatsnew

Learn about the creation of a new public artwork with this interview with Musqueam artist Thomas Cannell and Michael Mayer of Franz Mayer of Munich as they speak to the conceptualization and fabrication of Sea to Sky, a five-storey-high glass artwork to be integrated into the façade of the Paramount development in Richmond's city centre (No. 3 Road and Granville Avenue). 

These online events are presented by the City of Richmond in partnership with the Richmond Art Gallery and the Richmond Public Library and support the City’s Arts Strategy and Cultural Harmony Plan. A goal of the plans is to recognize and celebrate Richmond’s diverse cultures through the sharing of stories, art and culture.

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