Aboriginal Initiatives Winter 2014 Newsletter: TUNNGASUGIT
WATERLOO: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (the Movie) - Aboriginal Film Series @ Laurier
Mar 14 -
The Laurier free film series presents “Tracking Shots: Aboriginal Cinema.” The six-part series is open to the community and begins Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Bricker Academic Building, room 201, on Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus.
The series is presented by Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies, in partnership with the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, the WLU Film Society, the Dean of Arts Office, and the Department of Religion and Culture. Each film in the series will be introduced by a Laurier faculty member, student or special guest.
“The Aboriginal film series is an unprecedented collaboration among several different campus groups,” said Russell Kilbourn, associate professor and film studies coordinator. “The films themselves are an eclectic mix of art and commercial film, documentary and biopic – together representing the variety of cinematic perspectives on Aboriginal issues and identities.”
“Laurier’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives seeks not only to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for Aboriginal students, but it also seeks to provide all Laurier students with opportunities to enhance their understanding of Canada by providing Aboriginal education,” said Jean Becker, Senior Advisor: Office of Aboriginal Initiatives. “This film series furthers this education by reflecting the place of Indigenous peoples in the history and landscape of our country.”
People at Laurier
Charisse is Anishnaabe Kwe from Beausoliel First Nation and belongs to the Marten Clan. Her Anishnnabe name is Mushk Ode, or "Strong Heart". She has worked at Laurier since 2004 in various departments. Currently, she is Co-ordinator for the MSW, Aboriginal Field of Study at the Faculty of Social Work. Along with balancing work and being a mother to four children, she also is part-time student at Laurier and is expects to graduate in 2014 with a General Arts degree. She participates in many different traditional ceremonies: naming ceremonies, smudging, fasting camps and so on. She is a strong advocate in revitalizing the Anishnaabe language by helping to organize and facilitate a week long language camp in her home community. She shares, "Laurier's sense of community is what drew me here and kept me to be part of the Laurier community all these years."