Archives for 2013

2013 Past Events

Frances Cordero de Bolanos

This piece was completed by Frances Cordero de Bolanos, as a component of a combined Arts and Art History Degree at University of Toronto and Sheridan College.
“Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh’s film, Finding Dawn (NFB) explores the fate of one of many indigenous women who have been murdered somewhere along the infamous Highway of Tears, in northern British Columbia. De Bolanos’s sculpture explores the universal reality of the oppression of women, the missing and murdered mothers, daughters, sisters and neices of the world. De Bolanos’s sculpture evokes this deliberate erasure as physical, emotional and spiritual. Women’s bodies and spirits have been abandoned, dismembered, cut off from the saving grace of family, community and existence. Some bodies are hidden, left to return to the earth, to ‘melt’ silently as de Bolanos illustrates in her work. Other murdered women’s bodies are overtly displayed. De Bolanos shows them as devoid of the colors of life, as pale imitations of their humanity. De Bolanos’s sculpture is a forceful and deeply disturbing reminder of the fate of the vulnerable and a caution to those of us who would minimize or marginalize this truth. It is a plea for compassion, and a call for an inner resolve to protect and honor the ‘heartbeat of our nations,’our women and girls,” by Carole Leclair in response to the artist’s work.

FRANCES CORDERO DE BOLANOS SCULPTURES 2013
These pieces were completed by Frances Cordero de Bolanos, as a component of a combined Arts and Art History Degree at University of Toronto and Sheridan College. The sculptures reflect on missing and murdered women.


Blankets on the Floor

On Friday, October 25th, 2013, the Métis Women’s Circle presented ‘Blankets on the Floor’ with Norman Fleury, Métis Elder from Manitoba. “For many days and nights the people sang songs, had feasts, told stories…”  Norman Fleury related Metis stories from his youth interspersed with the Michif language. Approximately 100 persons attended this event, many of whom had never heard the Michif language spoken. Anne Lederman complemented Norman’s stories with traditional Metis music. Presented with funding from New Horizons for Seniors.

Norman Fleury related Métis stories from his youth interspersed with the Michif language. Approximately 100 persons attended this event, many of whom had never heard the Michif language spoken. Anne Lederman complemented Norman’s stories with traditional Métis music.

Horse Spirit Halton

Horse Spirit Logo 2013Students in the Halton Horses program worked with both Percherons and miniature horses in their equine assisted learning classes. The program was sponsored by Halton Region Police Service in Milton and coordinated by the Métis Women’s Circle.


racing for literacy logoRacing for Literacy

Racing for Literacy was a program designed specifically for students in the Transportation Course at Sir John A MacDonald Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario. Students were provided with auto racing literature, met race car drivers, race track owners and learned about the various racing genres, including dirt track racing divisions and Nascar racing.


Bear Spirit Parfleche Communication Bag

Presentation of Bear Spirit parfleche communication bags for information sharing at Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School. With Metis Elder Rene Meshake speaking. Plus Elder Elize Hartley, Carol LeClair and traditional Métis singing and drumming.