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Feb 3-5 '22
Our world is profoundly linked to water in all forms for human and ecological survival. Water is sacred. Water is life.

The Water Symposium is part of the inaugural Winnipeg Indigenous Triennial, Naadohbii: To Draw Water, presented by BMO Financial Group. The symposium will take place virtually with Indigenous voices from Turtle Island, Aotearoa and Australia discussing environmental, political and cultural traditions and interconnected relationships to water.

Join artists, curators, activists, and water defenders as they discuss the power of water during artist talks, curator panels, film screenings, and performances.

Thursday, Feb 3

4 pm CST | Opening Welcomes & Ceremony with Knowledge Keepers Erica Daniels and Ivy Canard
4:30 pm CST | Representing Water in Global Context: The Axis of Solidarity with curators, Jaimie Isaac, Kimbereley Moulton, Ioana Gordon Smith, Jocelyn Piirainen
6 pm CST | Keynote by Nici Cumpston (Australia)
7 pm CST | Film Program & Discussion with Decolonizing Lens (1hr 30min)

Films: Mni Wiconi: Mitakuyelo, directed by Victoria Anderson-Gardner; The Pakohe Trails, directed by Keelan Walker; Washday, directed by Kath Akuhata-Brown; Warburdar Bununu: Water Shield, directed by Jason De Santolo


Following the screening, filmmakers Victoria Anderson-Gardner (Mni Wiconi: Mitakuyelo), Keelan Walker (The Pakohe Trails), Kath Akuhata-Brown (Washday), and tentatively Jason De Santolo (Warburdar Bununu: Water Shield), will discuss the themes within their works (45min).

Friday, Feb 4

3 pm CST | Panel: Naadohbii: Manitoba Community Context with Kailey Arthurson, Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie, Sophia Rabliauskas and Daniel Gladu Kanu
4 pm CST | Panel: Poetry from the Catalogue with Tony Birch and Kat Vermette
5 pm CST | Keynote by Tina Ngata (Aotearoa – New Zealand)
6 pm CST | Film Screening: Perimeter by Rebecca Belmore

Saturday, Feb 5

11am CST | Keynote by Aimee Craft (Turtle Island – North America)
12-4pm CST | Artists In Dialogue

  • 12pm | Water Sovereignty: Between Treaty and the Complexity of the Indigenous / Settler Relationships and Tensions between Industry and the Environment with Marianne Nicolson and Nova Paul
  • 1pm | Land Defenders Land Protectors with Nici Cumpston, Rachael Rakena and Victoria Redsun
  • 2pm | Cultural Buoyancy with asinnajaq and Kevin Brownlee
  • 3pm | The Spirit of Water, Water as Kin, Water at Medicine with Israel Birch and Nikau Hinden
  • 4pm Carriers of Water: Matriarch Knowledge with and Maria Hupfield


Tina Ngata Tina Ngata Nici Cumpston Nici Cumpston Aimée Craft Aimée Craft Israel Birch Israel Birch Maria Hupfield Maria Hupfield Marianne Nicolson Marianne Nicolson Nikau Hindin Nikau Hindin Nova Paul Nova Paul Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie Sophia Rabliauskas Sophia Rabliauskas Daniel Gladu Kanu Daniel Gladu Kanu Kailey Arthurson Kailey Arthurson Rebecca Belmore Rebecca Belmore Rachael Rakena Rachael Rakena Victoria Redsun Victoria Redsun Jaimie Isaac Jaimie Isaac Asinnajaq Asinnajaq Jocelyn Piirainen Jocelyn Piirainen Reuben Friend Reuben Friend Ioana Gordon-Smith Ioana Gordon-Smith Kimberley Moulton Kimberley Moulton

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