Amiskwaciy History Series

Amiskwaciy History Series is an Aboriginal lead grassroots initiative aimed at creating awareness regarding the often-untold Indigenous history of the Edmonton area.

The name Amiskwaciy comes from Amiskwaciy Waskahikan or “Beaver Hill House”, a Cree term used to describe the area now known as Edmonton.

Through free monthly educational sessions, the Amiskwaciy History Series hopes to provide accessible and culturally appropriate education to the public on Aboriginal history as lived and told by the people.

National Aboriginal Film Festival

Celebrate and learn about Edmonton’s Indigenous history at the National Aboriginal Day Film Festival presented as part of the Amiskwaciy History Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 12-2pm

Location: Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Theme: Pre-contact

Films: Wapos Bay Films (two animated shorts, 24 min. each)

Synopsis: A family day that depicts life before contact, along with traditional family activities and tipi making.


Date: Sunday, June 19, 2016

Time: 2-4pm

Location: Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Theme: Contact

Films: Other Side of the Ledger (1972, 42 min.)
Ballad of the Crowfoot (1968, 10 min.)
These Are My People (1969, 13 min.)

Synopsis: An Indigenous perspective regarding what happened at the time of first contact.


Date: Monday, June 20, 2016

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Theme: Oppression

Films: Foster Child (1987, 43 min.)
Powwow at Duck Lake (1967, 14 min.)
Because They Were Different (1964)

Synopsis: Understanding the various oppressive policies, such as the Indian Act, and their impacts (i.e. residential schools).


Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Art Gallery of Alberta (Ledcor Theater)
2 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Theme: Artists’ Role in Reconciliation

Film: Hands of History (1994, 51 min.)

Synopsis: Incorporating Louis Riel’s quote, “My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.”

For More Information

Email amiskwaciyhistory@gmail.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/amiskwaciy101