Thursday, 22 February 2018

Reeny Smith is a singer / songwriter from Preston, only 25 years old, and incredibly talented. You can see Smith, joined by other excellent songwriters live at the Gottingen Street Library this Thursday. Don’t miss it. It’s free!!!

Scotch Village, in Hants County, has a long history shaped by its original Mi’kmaq inhabitants, Acadians, African Nova Scotians, and Planters’ descendants.  In July 2017 people from these communities met to commemorate and celebrate their diverse but intersecting histories.The event makes for a fascinating Weekend Video, and a very appropriate one to ring in the new year. The event was organized by my beloved sister in law Carolyn van Gurp, and it features many inspiring people like Dorene Bernard and Dr. Afua Cooper, to name just a few.

This weekend we offer a double bill of weekend videos. A guided walk through Point Pleasant Park in Halifax by Tuma Young, who shows some of the traditional Mi’kmaq medicines there for the picking. Then we turn up the sweetness level all the way to 11 in a video produced by a very young Mya Denny, as she hangs out with her grandfather Joel Denny while he gathers medicine in the woods,

This weekend we feature In the shadow of the dam, APTN’s brand new and excellent documentary on the indigenous resistance to the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador. You can’t condemn environmental racism and violation of Indigenous rights in Nova Scotia, and remain silent on what’s happening in Labrador right now. It’s that simple.

With some footage of Mi’kmaw poet and elder Rita Joe herself, we are delighted to present this wonderful musical interpretation by students of the Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni of what is probably Rita Joe’s best known poem, I lost my talk.

Meet Elaine Cain, a North Preston resident who owns land in her community but doesn’t have a deed. She was born on the land she claims, and her father wants nothing more than for her to have it, but a lengthy and expensive legal process and an uncaring bureaucracy are major stumbling blocks. “First of all, that’s where I was born, on that property,” says Cain. “Ever since, that property has been part of me. As long as I am alive, that’s going to be alive for me.”