“Paquataskamik is Home” Debuts in Timmins

by NationTalk on April 29, 20111010 Views

Film Screening for Documentary of the Paquataskamik Project

(Timmins, ON – April 29, 2011): Algoma University and The Paquataskamik Project, a community-based research and learning initiative aimed at fostering inter-generational dialogue and understanding about the importance of traditional territory to social, cultural and economic well-being, are hosting a film screening of the independent film “Paquataskamik is Home” on Friday April 29th in Timmins. The screening will take place at the Native Friendship Centre at 316 Spruce Street South, with a Meet and Greet at 6:30pm and the film showing at 7:00pm.The Paquataskamik Project is based in Fort Albany First Nation. ‘Paquataskamik’ is the Inninowuk (Cree) word for the natural environment and all it contains. The word reminds us that Mushkegowuk land is vast – not just the reserve or camp, but an area that ties together family, history, and identity. The project involves the ongoing development of a community process bringing together youth, adults and elders.

The Paquataskamik Project’s applied activities include Community engagement and open discussion on key land issues; Community mapping of sites and stories related to traditional territory; High school and university accreditation in community research methods and traditional knowledge; and Applied/land-based activities including the 2009 Kistachowan Raft Trip and 2010 Kapiskau River Winter Excursion, as well as Audio and Video documentation.

Admission for the event is free. Anyone looking for more information on the Paquataskamik Project can find it online at www.paquataskamik.weebly.com.

About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic & Social Development, and Biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton and Timmins. As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture. Algoma University has launched is Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students. To learn more about Algoma University, visit www.algomau.ca.

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Media Contact:

Kevin Hemsworth
Divisional Director of External Relations
Algoma University
705.949.2301 ext. 4120
kevin.hemsworth@algomau.ca

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