||May 27, 2011
Union of Ontario Indians New Book
We are all Treaty People is a new book
by Maurice Switzer communications director at the Union of
Ontario Indians west of North Bay. Charley Hebert provided the Illustrations. It
is a clear and readable overview of the life of native people to the present day
It shows their contribution and their negative treatment over the years
in land claims, residential schools etc. The strong position of native people
,agreed upon by the Supreme Court and supported by the Canadian Constitution,
makes many of their treaty claims legitimate.
||Cover of Union of Ontario
The book makes the optimistic assertion
that with time, education, jobs and justice native people will be better off.
The book should be ideal for schools. The book will be launched at Gulliver’s
Books & Toys, North Bay, Saturday May 28 from 1-3pm.
For other excellent information on
native activities check the Saturday Nugget where a full page is devoted to
their activities. It is produced by the Union of Ontario Indians and is called
Come on Over: Northeastern Ontario A to Z
The book above will be launched on
Saturday June 4th 1-3pm at Gulliver’s Books. The book by two retired
Laurentian University history professors Dieter Buse & Graeme Mount was
discussed on CBC’s Morning North weekly for 10 weeks in the fall and they got a
lot of feedback from listeners.
The 202 page book is in an encyclopedia
format with 42 separate articles on more than 100 communities and profiles
various of historical and cultural topics. The book is published by Sudbury’s
Scrivener Press. More information is available on line at Scrivenerpress.com.
Suzanne Brooks Honoured
Gulliver’s Books’ Suzanne Brooks has
been a leader in the sale of local books and a supporter of independent
bookstores for years. She has been a driving force behind Books By the Bay for
years. I have had several launches under her leadership. The books above are
examples. I was very pleased to hear that she will receive an honorary doctorate
at Nipissing University this spring for her important contribution. Google
Gulliver’s Books & toys for details of future launches.
Ontario Volunteer Service Awards
Thousands of Ontario citizens give many
hours of their time to a wide variety of community activities without
remuneration. The provincial government provides awards. The nominations have to
be in in January and the awards are given in the spring. North Bay’s event will
take place at the Legion on May 27th. The winner, a guest, and two
association members are invited. Pins and certificates are presented.
Congratulations to the many recipients for 2011.
Victoria Weekend is the time many
museums open for the season. Time to get out and support them and see all of the
great work done by curatorial staff and volunteers as mentioned above.
Arts Health North Art Residency
The new North Bay Regional Health Centre
has taken leadership in a new trend of enriching hospital sites with fine art.
North Bay in cooperation with the Ontario Arts Council has not only established
a permanent art collection but has added an artist residency program.
Resident Artist Beth Jackson with her finished weaving.
Two artists have already received paid
positions to work in a hospital studio and provide various art related services
in the Centre Well known North Bay artists Arlie Hoffman and Beth Jackson have
had placements and a third artist from Victoria B.C. has been chosen for the
third placement. The Resident provides one on one contact with residents,
visitors and staff in the widely recognized therapeutic value of art.
Visitors studying Health
Centre paintings. D. Mackey
For information on donating art or
applying for an art residency contact Pat Stephens Director of Public Relations
. 705-495-8127. Pat.email@example.com
On May 17 the Health Centre had its
first Art Show. It featured a tour of the Permanent Art Collection, a look at
the Arts Residency Studio and art work from the first 2 residents. There is also
an Art Under the Microscope travelling exhibit organized by the Society for Arts
There were speakers, refreshments,
tours,and a movie of the work of the 2 residents.
There is art everywhere – some out of public view in offices but much to
see. Have a look when you get a chance.
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