Creative Decolonizing Strategies

Drawing Wisdom is a Hello Cool World collaborative project. We make films, launch campaigns, hold workshops, and create teaching resources. All designed to celebrate Indigenous resilience.
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We're excited to be heading to Tsaxana to meet some youth to make some media with them! Watch this space for some of the memes we make this week! 

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The Drawing Wisdom team of Jada, Kat & D'Arcy are heading over to Tsaxana to meet youth and elders to do a sexual health workshop to make memes for sharing. Check back later in the week to see what we have come up with. 

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Do you know #OnWhoseLand you live, work and play?

One of the highlights of the work we’ve been doing with the upcoming film Indian Horse (based on the award-winning novel by Richard Wagamese of the same name) has been collaborating with the digital agency Animikii on the website – and as of today – the launch of the very cool campaign #Next150 Challenge. The FIRST challenge called “#OnWhoseLand" launched today on the webpage.

The idea is that every week for 150 days, a new challenge will be posted that encourages you to go deeper in your own decolonizing journey – to take Reconcili-ACTION. 

Check out the video of the three actors who played 'Saul Indian Horse' in the film at different ages: Sladen, Forrest, and AJ. The three 'Sauls' are asking you to take part by: searching our interactive map to find out on whose Indigenous territory you live, learning to acknowledge that territory respectfully, and sharing that acknowledgment with your family and friends.

For Indigenous people, it’s one platform to showcase your territory as part of this bridge-building campaign.

For non-Indigenous people, this is a great way to address the question we always get asked in workshops: how do you do a... (more)

Richard Wagamese’ award-winning novel Indian Horse is being taught in thousands of Canadian classrooms, with over 65,000 copies of the book in circulation. April 13, 2018, the story of Saul Indian Horse will be coming to theatres near you! Indian Horse tells an important story that Canadians need to hear, and which fits in with the curriculum the current government has mandated for educational institutions in this country by adopting the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). 

Indian Horse in Schools: We are calling on Educators to join us to launch the film!

In late 1950s Ontario, eight year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic residential schools. Denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his indigenous heritage Saul witnesses all kinds of abuse at the hands of the very people who were entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds comfort and fascination in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastimes — hockey. His talent leads him away from the misery of the school to a Northern Ontario native league and eventually the pros. But the ghosts of Saul’s past will always haunt him. 

Empathy, understanding, compassion.

For First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit people in... (more)