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Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: Legacy by Waubgeshig Rice


Legacy Written By: Waubgeshig Rice
Published By: Theytus Books
Pages: 192

Reviewed By: Christine Smith (McFarlane)

“Legacy” written by Waubgeshig Rice is a bold yet haunting story of what can happen to a family when tragedy hits them too often.  The Gibson family has to deal with an unfortunate accident that takes their parents away from them, and then not long afterwards, the oldest sister Eva Gibson is killed in downtown Toronto.

Eva Gibson, leaves the northern community of Birchbark to become a University student in downtown Toronto. The odds seem stacked against her as she struggles with being one of a only a couple of Anishnaabe students trying to make her way through the education system and city life. She is also in a hurry to finish her education so that she can return home to serve her community.

Tragedy ensues when she lets her guard down one night and goes with friends to a local bar. She meets a young man while intoxicated and he ultimately kills her when they leave the bar together, and he brings her into a dark alley to try and take advantage of her.

The death of Eva brings on a string of troubles for the surviving members of her family.  Her brothers and sister already struggling with how to deal with the loss of their parents, are met with more tragedy when they learn of their sister’s untimely death. Some turn to ceremony and some turn to alcohol, but each member is haunted by a creeping sentiment of revenge when it comes to the absolution of their sister’s death and her killer.

Legacy boldly looks at the truths and stereotypes that First Nations peoples often face in their struggle to leave the reservation and move to the big city. The truths can be uncomfortable and make you cringe but it is these truths that Rice speaks of that must be addressed and talked about.



 Monday October 6, 2014-6:30pm-9pm-Inconvienent Indians: Reflecting on the Past in Canada's Future with Thomas King
Inconvenient Indians”: Reflecting on the past in Canada’s Future
Opening Lecture by Dr. Thomas King

Monday October 6 evening
Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm
Location: TRS-1067 (55 Dundas Street West)

Moderated by:
Hayden King, Director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance & Assistant Professor of Politics, Ryerson

Closing Remarks by:
Dr. Cyndi Baskin, Chair, Aboriginal Education Council, Ryerson

ASL interpretation provided.

For more information on Social Justice Week 2014: A Different World Is Possible:

A week of events, keynote speakers, art exhibits, actions and cultural events to transform Ryerson into a hub of social justice and solidarity in Toronto.

Twitter: @RyeGindinChair

Wednesday October 8, 2014-7pm-9pm From Ferguson to Toronto: Examining Race, politics and Scholarship with Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry -Mandela EDI Social Justice Annual Lecture
From Ferguson to Toronto: Race, Politics, and Scholarship

A Public Lecture by Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry
Tuesday October 8
7 to 9 pm
TRSM 1067 (55 Dundas Street West)

October 9, 2014-7-9pm Gender & The City: A Mayoral Debate @ YWCA Toronto, 87 Elm Street On October 9th, Toronto's leading mayoral candidates will convene for Gender and the City, a live debate hosted at YWCA Toronto’s Elm Centre and moderated by award-winning journalist Denise Balkissoon.

Candidates will field questions about how their positions on issues ranging from affordable housing to safety and city planning will impact the lives of women and transgender people in Toronto. Olivia Chow and John Tory have confirmed their participation. Doug Ford received an invitation shortly after declaring his candidacy.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for candidates and residents alike to reflect on the gendered implications of city issues. The debate is co-organized by Toronto Women's City Alliance, YWCA Toronto, North York Women's Centre (NYWC), METRAC, Women in Toronto Politics and the Toronto & York Region Labour Council Women’s Committee.

ASL interpretation and live note-taking will be provided, and child-minding will be available on site. The venue is accessible for those with mobility devices.

Wednesday October 15, 2014- Bold As Love co presents: Kinnie Star (CD release) , Janet Panic and d'bi young!


BOLD AS LOVE is a new music series curated and dedicated to supporting and uniting POC and Indigenous Artists on the same stage! Everyone is welcome!

This first show is in collaboration with Kinnie Star's Cd release and national tour featuring Janet Panic and the amazing d'bi young!


Tickets at the Door! PRICE TBA!