The public is invited to Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive, on Sunday, February 19 at 7 p.m. for a screening of the documentary Awakening featuring the late Elder William Commanda’s vision for Chaudière Falls and the surrounding islands.
The evening will also feature authors David Mulholland and Romola Thumbadoo reading short passages from their books.
From Chaudière Falls, his new novel of dramatized history, which ties into our sesquicentennial celebrations, Mr. Mulholland will read scenes describing Hull Township founder Philemon Wright’s first encounter with Algonquins living in the area.
Ms. Thumbadoo will read excerpts from Learning from a Kindergarten Dropout, her photo journal delineating William Commanda’s teachings, which helped to earn him an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Ottawa, un doctorate honorifique from l’université du Québec-Outaouais, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.
Hopefully, the film and readings will generate new insights into the proposed development at the falls. Those wishing to do so, may participate in a Sharing Circle to voice their thoughts on this contentious issue and its possible affect on future generations of Indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.
Admission is free, but a donation of $5.00 (or more) would be appreciated to offset costs incurred to organize the evening.
All are welcome. (The church cannot be seen from Island Park Drive. Turn onto Byng Drive off Island Park.)