Photo Credit: ‘Identity’ a Discussion, Scugog Council for the Arts, 2020

Ontario Culture Days has partnered with Scugog Arts to present this discussion on Indigenous identity, led by Matthew Stevens and the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

This video is part of Ontario Culture Days’ Creative Residency program.

Listen to an interview and discussion on Indigenous identity with Matthew Stevens, Cultural Director at Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN), hosted by Scugog Arts Vice President of the Board, Jonathan Colwell. Stevens shares his own insights and experiences on First Nations identity, and that identity within the Canadian landscape, focusing on the role Indigenous nations have played in forming the character of Canada.

Throughout the talk, Stevens and Colwell will highlight core Indigenous values, teachings and place names that are rooted in Canada today, while pointing out the richness that is lost when assuming a pan-Indigenous identity throughout the country.

For more programming with Matthew, Scugog Arts, and MSIFN, visit the Anishinaabe language series here.

About Scugog Arts

Established in 2005, Scugog Arts is a not-for-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors and is dedicated to providing a strong voice for arts and culture in Scugog Township and to promoting and growing the arts in all areas of the community. SA members include individuals, businesses and organizations that participate in or support a vibrant local cultural scene, which includes theatre, music, dance, visual and graphic art, craft, literary arts, and arts education.

Feature Image: ‘Identity’ a Discussion, Scugog Council for the Arts, 2020