This project explores the inaugural convergence of National Indigenous People's month and the newly announced, National Filipino Heritage Month in June 2019.
In the Filipino language, "habi" means "weave" - referring to the practice of weaving, or the patterns found in woven materials. HABI is also the process by which something is kept together and made whole.
This month-long public programming series will feature three community arts workshops exploring Indigenous history, labour, migration, and our relationship with the land.
All programs are FREE and will be offered at the Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB) located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation along Lake Ontario's eastern waterfront.
In collaboration with Caregiver Connections, Education and Support Organization (Cceso Cceso), migrant caregivers/care workers will share their lived experiences and some of the urgent issues affecting their lives today, including the Migrant Justice Campaign that responds to the federal government's plan to eliminate the pathway to Permanent Residency for migrant workers as of November 2019.
Kwentong Bayan will facilitate a Community Art Build on the topic of Community Care, including labour and migrant rights, solidarity with Indigenous land and water protectors, and disability justice and 2SLGBTIQQ* activism.
Art materials will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas and images for banners and placards that they can use at community actions.
FREE, no registration required. The SAIB is an accessible venue with single-user, all-gender washrooms available. Refreshments provided. Child-friendly space.