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Runs from Thursday June 23 2022 to Sunday June 26 2022

Approximate running time: 1 hour


Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space
1 Gzowski Way
Peterborough ON K9L 0G2

Event Notes


Surrounded by Owls Productions: The Gift

Truth and Healing in Canada’s First Nations are vast and vital topics explored through a highly personal lens in Coast Salish artist, Johnny Aitken’s “the Gift”. “I am the product of childhood trauma and abuse. I survived by being as invisible as I could and by not speaking until I was 18 years old. I struggled throughout my childhood as a ‘dirty little Indian’ in a rural white community”, says Aitken. He tells his story of survival, personal resilience, and reconciliation as he revisits his childhood nonverbally through the performance of “the Gift”. Sharing the stage with Aitken is acclaimed actor, director, educator and filmmaker, Shelley MacDonald of Nova Scotia. *Performances followed by talkback with performers

LENGTH: 60 Minutes

Suitable for Teens/Adults – Parental Guidance Advised

COVID Note: NIFF asks that all patrons be fully vaccinated. Masks will be required indoors. Public Health regulations will be followed at all times.

All Performances in and around Enwayaang Building, 1 Gzowski Way, Trent University East Bank

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