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101 Deweguns: A Living Hearts Legacy Project

Niagara-Based Collective Launches Reconciliation based Drum Project with a Lasting Legacy
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101 Deweguns: A Living Hearts Legacy Drum Project
“And when something stirs in your heart
A feeling so strong and intense
When something occurs in your heart
And there isn't a
next sentence …”
                                                                “Son” by Gord Downie

‘101 Deweguns…A Living Hearts Legacy’ is a collaborative response to Gord’s challenge for us all to *“Do Something”. This multi-year all inclusive project calls on people from all walks of life to become involved in the creation of a ‘next sentence’; one which empowers our collective inner child to feel safe through healthy expressive engagement in the arts. Seeded by a Niagara-based collective from the Indigenous community, alongside allies who are looking to create a meaningful and continuous journey of Reconciliation, the project is presented in partnership with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Kakekalanicks Indigenous Arts Consultancy.

‘101 Deweguns’ was conceived by Niagara-based Indigenous community members Jackie Labonte and Oliver Nobosin as an opportunity to build a deeper cultural understanding and thoughtful Reconciliation.The project’s name comes from the Ojibway word ‘dewegun,’ which translates to mean ‘living heart’.

“We extend an invitation out to all people from all walks of life, from  coast-to-coast across this great land, to come together in unity with hands and voices to help give life to this healing medicine canvas, as we all become integral parts in paying this legacy forward,” says Jackie and Oliver.
101 drum frames have been prepared for a series of free workshops about to begin, with finished drums then painted, all stretching over the next two years, culminating with a cross-country drumming circle and public exhibitions of the completed drums’ journey.

Everyone is invited to visit a Virtual Journal at the ‘101 Deweguns’ web site which will be set up to document the entire journey of the project, providing a means for people to share their voices with one another and for future generations.

“It is our sincere wish for this ‘next sentence’ to become an empowering tool through creative expression, illuminating the future for the next 7 generations” says Jackie and Oliver.

In appreciation of, and in dedicated support for the ongoing charitable work being carried out by the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF), all fundraising generated by the project will be directed to DWF. The project has a fundraising goal of over $200,000.

About the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
Inspired by Chanie's story and Gord's call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) aims to build cultural understanding and create a path towards Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. DWF's work centers around improving the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all Canadians.
For more information, visit www.DownieWenjack.ca
The ‘101 Deweguns’ Collective is a committed group of individuals and organizations who have come together to bring the vision of this project to life. The Collective includes Jackie Labonte, Oliver Nobosin, Christopher McLeod, Carrissa Gracey, Ashlyn Baskin, Erin Gracey, Kirk Fielding, along with Michele-Elise Burnett (Kakekalanicks Indigenous Arts Consultancy), Gina Wilson-Mcintee (Gina Wilson-Mcintee Designs) and Annie Wilson & Sara Palmieri (FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre).

Be the Living Heartbeat you wish to feel and express in the world.
Help pay the ‘Next Sentence’ forward Seven Generations.


‘101 Deweguns’ website (coming soon!)

To participate, follow, and donate in support of this journey, please contact: 101deweguns@gmail.com



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