Cover Story – Indige­nous Day Live

June 23, 2018 Join the gather­ing and cel­e­brate Indige­nous cul­tures with APTN’s Indige­nous Day Live (IDL)!

Say Magazine - - CONTENTS - By: Sheldon McRae and Pamela Ver­naus, APTN Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Co­or­di­na­tors

IDL heads to Win­nipeg, Toronto and Ottawa for its 12th edi­tion; we also mark the first cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples Day, for­merly Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal Day.

All Cana­di­ans are in­vited to join us for a free day of cel­e­bra­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as a live con­cert on lo­ca­tion in our host cities or via a live 5-hour TV, ra­dio and web broad­cast.

So how did we get here?

In 1999, APTN be­came the first Indige­nous broad­caster in the world. Eight years later, they would be­gin to host what is now known as the na­tion’s largest cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples Day, Indige­nous Day Live (for­merly known as Abo­rig­i­nal Day Live).

In 1996, Na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples Day was pro­claimed by then-Gover­nor Roméo Le­Blanc to be cel­e­brated on June 21, and that’s when it was first cel­e­brated. Some key events oc­curred in years prior which con­trib­uted to the procla­ma­tion. In 1982, The Na­tional In­dian Brother­hood (now the Assem­bly of First Na­tions) called for the cre­ation of a Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal Sol­i­dar­ity Day to be cel­e­brated on June 21. In 1995, The Royal Com­mis­sion on Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ples rec­om­mended that a Na­tional First Peo­ples Day be des­ig­nated. Also, in 1995, a na­tional con­fer­ence called The Sa­cred Assem­bly, chaired by Elijah Harper, called for a na­tional hol­i­day to cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tions of Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ples to Canada.

Na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples Day is a day for all Cana­di­ans to rec­og­nize and cel­e­brate the unique her­itage, di­verse cul­tures, and out­stand­ing achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tions of First Na­tions, Inuit and Métis Peo­ples.

Break­ing down bar­ri­ers year af­ter year, in tan­dem with the re­siliency and spirit of our Peo­ples, APTN con­tin­ues to push the lim­its in cel­e­bra­tion of our achieve­ments. IDL de­buted in a park out­side APTN’s head­quar­ters in down­town Win­nipeg. The first, one-hour con­cert in the park fea­tured Fid­dle mas­ter Donny Par­enteau, the Asham Stom­pers, cham­pion hoop dancer Lisa Odig, Juno Award win­ner Leela Gil­day, Nu­navut’s own Lu­cie Id­lout, Dead In­di­ans and the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned C-Weed Band.

The fol­low­ing year, Indige­nous Day Live (IDL) moved to the his­tor­i­cal Forks, in Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba, Canada. The cel­e­bra­tion evolved to twin stage per­for­mances from dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions across the na­tion, in­clud­ing the very first con­cert of its cal­i­bre in Iqaluit, Nu­navut, and has pushed ev­ery limit pos­si­ble in the broad­cast world.

Where are we to­day?

Fast for­ward to 2017 and IDL makes broad­cast his­tory again. IDL went live from eight cities across Canada, in­clud­ing Hal­i­fax, Mon­tréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Win­nipeg, Yel­lowknife, Ed­mon­ton and Van­cou­ver, mak­ing it the largest cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples Day to date. The live multi-platform con­cert broad­cast was avail­able to all of Canada, and be­yond, via APTN, ra­dio waves and on­line. Viewer sta­tis­tics reached 427,000 through the TV broad­cast, with 16,361 on­line view­ers and ten ra­dio net­works broad­cast­ing to 1,097,000 po­ten­tial lis­ten­ers for the to­tal com­bined reach of over 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple across all plat­forms.

On June 23, 2018, Na­tional Indige­nous Peo­ples Day, APTN will bring IDL to three cities: Win­nipeg, Toronto and Ottawa.

There are many Peo­ples that come together to build the el­e­ments of mu­sic, arts and cul­ture cre­ation through­out our com­mu­ni­ties. IDL 2018 will fuse mu­si­cal and dance gen­res, lan­guages, styles and in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary arts from across Tur­tle Is­land to come together on stage to paint an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of con­tem­po­rary Indige­nous ex­pres­sion.

All three host cities will of­fer free day­time ac­tiv­i­ties – and each will be as var­ied and unique as the cul­ture and peo­ple of the re­gion – and are open to ev­ery­one. A sun­rise

cer­e­mony will kick off the cel­e­bra­tions in each city, fol­lowed by a full day of free and fun out­door ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily. There will be an ar­ray of tra­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, ar­ti­sans food ven­dors, Pow Wows and much more.

The Na­tional Round Dance starts at 1:30 p.m. EST in Toronto and Ottawa and at 12:30 p.m. CST in Win­nipeg.

The FREE evening con­cert will be broad­cast live on lo­ca­tion and will fea­ture over 30 star-stud­ded acts, in­clud­ing JUNO-win­ning and on-the-rise artists. The na­tional event will be co-hosted by the one and only Ash­ley Calling­bull, the In­au­gu­ral First Na­tions Miss Canada 2010, and star of APTN’s hit show “Sioui-Ba­con” Charles Ben­der.

Live from The Forks on the Win­nipeg main stage, Janelle Wookey, Award-win­ning Franco-Métis pro­ducer of the Prairies and Kyle Nobess, of Mo­hawk Girls, team up as co-hosts. Per­for­mances this year in­clude Walk off the Earth in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Walk­ing Wolf and An­gela Gladue, Mid­night Shine, Wil­liam Prince, Skyler with Cameron Fraser-Mon­roe, Sis­ter Says and Oh My Dar­ling with Kan­danse. The pre-show will fea­ture: Lakes & Pines, The Blood­shots and Snotty Nose Rez Kids.

The Toronto cel­e­bra­tions are in part­ner­ship with the Toronto’s Indige­nous Arts Fes­ti­val, tak­ing place June 21-24. IDL starts at noon and the con­cert kicks-off at 6:30 p.m. You do not need a ticket - just show up with your friends and fam­ily. Live from the main stage, the ever-in­spir­ing Grace Dove, host for Un­derEXPOSED, and Samian, the win­ner of the 2016 Artist for Peace by the City of Mon­tréal, will co-host the evening show, which fea­tures: Kar­di­nal Off­ishall with Que Rock, Shawnee, Ria Mae, Lo­gan Staats, and Shauit. Beats Col­lec­tive: Daniel Roy, Va­lerie Dee Naranjo and Rich Brown with Jera Wolfe, Natasha Poon Woo and Cody Berry Feat, Il­lus­trated, Quan­tum Tan­gle, Fawn Wood and Dallas Waskaha. Open­ing up the stage in Toronto is Trans Pa­cific Nose Club and Ans­ley Simp­son.

In part­ner­ship with the Ottawa Sum­mer Sol­stice Indige­nous Fes­ti­val, IDL kicks off the cel­e­bra­tions in Ottawa. Vin­cent Massey Park will show­case the un­par­al­leled tal­ent that is wo­ven into the mo­saic of this coun­try. Last year’s co-host Andrea Brazeau, from Kangiq­su­alu­jjuaq, Québec, Canada, and Dave Jeniss, of the APTN web se­ries Po­lice sans re­serve, team up as co-hosts for the Na­tion’s Cap­i­tal edi­tion of Indige­nous Day Live’s con­cert, fea­tur­ing Lido Pimienta, Tom Wil­son, Brooke Simp­son with Ju­lian Tay­lor Band, Mike Paul Kueku­at­sheu and Kelly Fraser with Buffy Han­del & Dancers. Ottawa’s pre-show will fea­ture Cody Coy­ote, Mimi O’Bon­sawin and Nigel Ir­win.

If you can­not be there in per­son you can stream the con­cert and pre-shows live at in­dige­nous­daylive.ca. You can also watch the concerts on APTN at 7:00 p.m. EST or lis­ten on Indige­nous ra­dio waves.

You are also in­vited to join the con­ver­sa­tion on Twit­ter or In­sta­gram by tag­ging your posts with #IDL2018, and the net­work will share them with its fol­low­ers. Note­wor­thy posts that hon­our the cel­e­bra­tion and its hap­pen­ings could be added to the live broad­cast.

Com­plete pro­gram­ming and broad­cast de­tails for each city are avail­able at in­dige­nous­daylive.ca

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Toronto Indige­nous Arts Fes­ti­val visit: Toronto.ca/ex­plore-en­joy/fes­ti­vals-events/indige­nous-arts-fes­ti­val

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Ottawa Sum­mer Sol­stice Fes­ti­val visit: www.ot­tawa­sum­mer­sol­stice.ca

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