Conscious Activism Documentary Series: Water Journey

Directed by Jeff Bear and Marianne Jones

Details: Water Journey lovingly depicts one elder’s passion in this portrait of courage, determination and the power of water. Josephine Mandamin has spent the last 10 years on a remarkable journey on foot to raise awareness of the importance, fragility and sacredness of water, including walking around all the Great Lakes down to the mouth of the St. Lawrence River. In 2011, Josephine embarked on her most ambitious walk yet: to collect four pails of water from Hudson Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, ending at the Great Lakes. Her incredible journey from the four directions to Lake Superior is an inspirational testament to the human spirit and the life-giving power of water that nourishes us all.


Q & A and conversation to follow the screening with water walker Sylvia Plain and Professor Deb McGregor.


Co-presented by Hart House and the U of T First Nations House in celebration of Aboriginal Awareness Week


When: Wed, Feb. 6 at 6:30 pm
Where: Hart House Library
Cost: Free


Sylvia Plain is from Aamjiwnaang First Nation and studies at the University of Toronto. In 2011, Sylvia participated in the Mother Earth Water Walk as the lead walker of the western direction, covering Washington, Idaho, Montana, Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin. Sylvia is also involved with the Native Students’ Association at U of T and enjoys working with youth on leadership initiatives.

Deborah McGregor is an Assistant Professor in Aboriginal Studies and Geography at the University of Toronto. She is an Anishnabe from Wiigwaskingaa (Whitefish River First Nation, Birch Island, Ontario). She is an educator and trainer at both the university and community levels. Her focus is on Indigenous knowledge in relation to the environment. She is also an environmental consultant for various Ontario First Nations organizations.

Conscious DocsAbout The Conscious Activism Documentary Series:
Hart House continues its tradition of free programming that engages the mind, awakens the spirit and acts as an incubator of thoughtful exchange, and a call to action for the curious and the concerned.
Born of a desire to address injustice, each documentary we screen is an exploration of the complex relationship between social justice, spirit and activism. This semester’s screenings follow our model of showing award-winning documentaries that represent a diverse landscape spanning local, national, and global issues of social justice, and giving audiences the opportunity to engage the filmmakers and activists involved.

For information on past screenings, go here.

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