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Link: Lawren Harris film captures acclaimed painter’s life and times

From Lauren La Rose of The Canadian Press:

Link: Lawren Harris film captures acclaimed painter’s life and times
“He was a very, very disciplined man. It didn’t come easy. He worked at what he did. I think that was the other thing that was revealing, is how determined he was. . . . He got up every morning and had a daily routine at which he worked. It wasn’t that this just happened to him. I think he worked hard to get where he did.” Continue reading. 

Link: Lawren Harris comes to life in “Where the Universe Sings”

From Bill Brioux of Briouxtv:

Link: Lawren Harris comes to life in “Where the Universe Sings”
…re-tracing the footsteps of Canada’s most acclaimed landscape painter, someone who had the means of travel thanks to his family’s Massey-Harris fortune. The film follows the artist, who died in 1970 at the age of 85, to the north shore of Lake Superior as well as the peaks of the Rockies. There are also stops in Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Algoma, ‎the Arctic, Vancouver and New Hampshire. Continue reading.

Link: Lawren Harris receives his due in new TV portrait

From James Bawden:

Link: Lawren Harris receives his due in new TV portrait
Film makers Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont faced a seemingly insurmountable obstacle in their new documentary Where The Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey Of Lawren Harris. Harris, a Group of Seven Artist died in 1970 aged 85 and all the contemporaries who knew him have died as well.

Harris’s grandchildren are interviewed but even they are elderly.
Still,  Harris’s remarkable journey springs alive and his odyssey is both dramatic and poignant. You can see for yourself: Where The Universe Sings premieres on TVOntario Saturday June 25 at 9 p.m. Continue reading.

Recap: Working It Out Together – Babbeyjane Happyjack

A group of children playing hockey is featured in the cold open of this week’s episode with voice-over provided by Dr. Cindy Blackstock. “In Indigenous communities around the world, children were by far the most important people in the community, and what was done in the colonial process was the clear separation of children from their families.”

Dr. Blackstock reminds viewers that the residential school system not only harmed children, normalizing them to abuse,  but the parents and families left behind by this process lost their purpose for living. She points out that traditionally, “the raising of children was viewed as a communal responsibility; to ensure that they grow up healthy, happy, proud of who they are, and it was the nurturing of the children and their relationship to the land that really defined the cultural perpetuity of our nations.”

We also learn that the current generation of Indigenous children in Canada have less funding for education, health care, mental health programming, and child welfare. They have less access to clean water, and proper housing, and less funding for support services and addiction services than all other Canadians do.

This episode follows the story of 26-year-old Babbeyjane Happyjack, an educator from Waswanipi, Quebec, who is successfully raising her son and two foster children from her community. Babbeyjane shares her own story of abandonment by parents who suffered from substance abuse which resulted in her placement into foster care.  Babbeyjane’s story is not the exception but the rule. In many provinces half of all children in foster care are Indigenous, removed from family and culture.

Gina Metallic, Social Worker and Community Organizer, explains that abuse has been transferred from the residential school system to another governmental agency.  The one system created neglectful and abusive parents which has led to the apprehension of children at an alarming rate across Canada. This epidemic has assumed the moniker “Millennial Scoop,” and currently there are three times as many Indigenous children in foster care than there were during the height of the Indian Residential School system.

This incredibly powerful and yet poignant installment demonstrates  that the systemic neglect, rooted for generations in government policy, demands a conscious decision to recover the traditional purpose as caregivers and “hold ourselves to the highest standard we can, to be stronger than we ever thought we could be for our kids”.

Babbeyjane Happyjack – Fostering Positive Change, originally aired on the 20th Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day, a day that celebrates Indigenous cultures and contributions across Canada and is an opportunity for those of non-Indigenous decent to learn more about cultural diversity across Canada

This episode also discusses the Canadian Human Rights  tribunal , a lawsuit filed by Dr. Cindy Blackstock, that ultimately ruled that the Government of Canada is guilty of discriminating against 163,000 Indigenous children.

 

 

Link: Life and work of Lawren Harris in focus with new film ‘Where the Universe Sings’

From Lauren La Rose of The Canadian Press:

Link: Life and work of Lawren Harris in focus with new film ‘Where the Universe Sings’
With his paintings shattering records at auctions, and an upcoming exhibit of his work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Lawren Harris is having a career renaissance more than four decades after his death.

Focus on the life and work of the legendary Group of Seven leader shifts to the screen with “Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris,” premiering Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on Ontario public service broadcaster TVO. The film will be available to stream at tvo.org beginning on Sunday. Continue reading.