These workshops will look at how Indigenous people organized their lives through the observation of the environment ie. Animals, Seasons, and Star Knowledge and how all these become Land-based Knowledge and survival tools for Indigenous People. In this session, Philip will focus on Star-knowledge and the Thirteen-moon Calendar.
Philip organizes his workshops with a smaller group dynamic. Focusing on wildlife pictography, its importance to Indigenous people, and how ancestors spoke about the organization of this wildlife through painting animals in the woodland style.
All our community workshops are free, however they are intended for community members who live or work within a 1km radius of Islington Village. This project is designed to more accurately represent the people who live and work in this community so we want to make sure that registration is targeted to community members. You are welcome to sign up for multiple workshops, however as space is limited we may ask you to choose your preferred workshop series so we can accommodate as many community members as possible.
Monday, August 24
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Register here for Oral Indigenous History and Cultural Cosmology Workshop with Philip Cote on August 24
Wednesday, August 26
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Register here for Oral Indigenous History and Cultural Cosmology Workshop with Philip Cote on August 26
Philip Cote, of Moose Deer Point First Nation is a Young Spiritual Elder, Indigenous Artist, Activist, Educator, Historian and Ancestral Knowledge Keeper. Philip is a graduate of OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design Masters program.
He is engaged in creating opportunities for art-making and teaching methodologies through Indigenous symbolism, traditional ceremonies, history, oral stories, and land-based pedagogy. His art and teaching philosophy evolves from his practice of experiential learning and the transmission of Indigenous Knowledge.
Philip has shared his knowledge with numerous institutions from York University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, OCAD University, Peel District School Board and the TDSB. Philip is also a tour guide with “First Story” since 2005, providing an Indigenous history of Toronto covering the last 13,500 years and as far back as 130,000 years. Philip has won numerous TABIA awards for his public street art murals across the City of Toronto.