WCH CONNECTSeptember 15, 2020

Honouring Residential Schools survivors—ancestors, family and those who also perished— with the Grandfather Drum and Jingle Dress Dance

  • September 15, 2020

Join us for Orange Shirt Day/National Truth & Reconciliation Day and learn about the interconnected roles of both the drum and the dance.

Honouring Residential Schools survivors—ancestors, family and those who also perished— with the Grandfather Drum and Jingle Dress Dance

Date: September 30th, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Join us for a Facebook LIVE!

Orange Shirt Day Event Details

Opening & Closing: Visiting Elder from Toronto Indigenous Cancer Care Program
Jimmy Dick - Grandfather Drum & Songs
Robin Rice - Jingle Dancer
Bri Briskool Marie - Jingle Dancer
Jen Murrin - Jingle Dancer
Rosary Spence - Speaker/Jingle Dancer

In alliance with and supported by community:
UHN (University Health Network), Women's College Hospital & The Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health), Office of Indigenous Medical Education (University of Toronto & Faculty of Med, Well Living House (Unity Health), Seventh Generation Midwives / Call-Auntie Hotline, The Baby Bundle Project, Toronto Regional Cancer Care, Indigenous Cancer Care Program, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto)

About the Jingle Dress Dance
Known as a Healing Dance for women, this one was a gift from Creator. Although there are variations, it is a common feature of stories that the dance and the dress were revealed through a dream. Jingle Dress Dancers carry the sacred responsibility of rising when called upon to dance for the ill or injured, or to help those who are grieving. As the jingles hit one another, they create the musical sounds which give the dress its spiritual power; sounds which are said to sing to the spirits of our ancestors and healers. The chiming sounds as the jingles bounce on one another sounds like water, which is cleansing and healing. There are two types of Jingle Dress dances: the side step and the higher stepping straight step, which is faster. These dancers exhibit poise, endurance, and grace as they perform their intricate, controlled footwork and each step is a prayer, rooted in the land, the earth, our first mother.

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Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)