Percussionist and composer Sarathy Korwar travelled from the UK to join David Morin, Métis native neo-soul singer and songwriter to get on board of a train residency from Vancouver, through Jasper, to Toronto. Our Home on Native Land aimed to question and explore notions of what it means to be Canadian by creating space for, and giving voice to, stories and peoples that have long and often been excluded from expressions of Canadianness.
“I feel like I understood some of the concerns that many Canadians are engaging with currently and overall I believe that although it is a deeply disparate society, at least the conversation has reached the mainstream and this shows that Canada is miles ahead of many other countries. I still think of Canada as a progressive country but with a difficult colonial past that it needs addressing.” Sarathy Korwar
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Outriders - Canada
Harry Giles, Scottish writer and performer from Orkney and Katherena Vermette, Métis author, are at Oodena Circle (Cree/Ojibway ‘’the celebration circle’’) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As part of Outriders, they travel from Montreal, QC through Winnipeg, then to Churchill, MB looking at minority and regional languages and the cultures that grow around them.
"During [Outriders], I discovered very strong connections between my home islands of Orkney and the Manitoba cities of Churchill and Winnipeg. Orcadian men were a large part of the early Hudson's Bay Company workforce, and many left descendants around Churchill and York Factory, while others migrated south to the Red River Settlement, now Winnipeg. As a result, a large proportion of the population in Churchill now carries Orkney surnames (perhaps more than half), with other legacies such as a street named after Orkney and a large historical presence in the cemetery. (…) Meanwhile, in Winnipeg, many streets and districts are named after Orcadians and their descendents, and Orkney-born men and their children were prominent in early Red River politics, including the first Manitoba-born premier of the province, the Orkney-Métis John Norquay.” Harry Giles