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Neighbourhood Walks: Medicines of Tsí Tkaròn:to with Otsíkh:èta (Candy Blair)

Otsíkh:èta (Candy Blair)

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Neighbourhood Walks: Medicines of Tsí Tkaròn:to with Otsíkh:èta (Candy Blair)

Wednesday, October 7, 3 pm

Otsíkh:èta (Candy Blair) will be leading a virtual tour through High Park as an information session on common medicines we see everyday without knowing about their uses for health and wellness. The information session will cover the appropriate/respectful approach to medicine-picking; external/internal uses of the medicines; spiritual uses from an Indigenous perspective; safety when medicine-picking; the proper season, quantity and preparation for using, as well as some insights into the original names of the medicines on this land.

Candy/Otsίkh:èta (They/Them) is a mixed First First Nations/ European Two-Spirit, interdisciplinary visual and performing artist from Tio’tía:ke - Where the group split (“Montreal”) who is continuing their work as an artist, also finished their Creative Arts, Literature, and Languages program at Marianopolis College (Cégep), their first year in the Theatre program at York University, and their three-year Acting Conservatory program at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Tsí Tkaròn:to - Where the trees stand in water (“Toronto”).

Some of Candy’s notable performances are Jill Carter’s Encounters at the Edge of the Woods exploring a range of issues with colonization; Ange Loft’s as Talking Treaties discussing the treaties of "Toronto"; Cheri Maracle’s The Story of Six Nations exploring Six Nation’s origin story through dance/combat choreography, and several other performances exploring various topics around Indigenous language, land and cultural restoration through various media such as dance, modelling, painting, theatre, directing, song, etc. As an activist and soon-to-be entrepreneur, Candy also enjoys teaching workshops around promoting Indigenous resurgence such as Indigenous hand-drumming, food sovereignty, beading, medicine knowledge, etc.

Working with their collectives like Weave and Mend, they were responsible for the design, land purification and installation process of the four medicine plots and a community space with their three other members. Candy aspires to continue exploring ways decolonization through healthy traditional practices from their mixed background and the arts in the hopes of supporting Indigenous relations worldwide.

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