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Indigenous and Western ideas come together at the Firehall – The Georgia Straight

November 2nd, 2023

I don’t need to tell you that we’re in a climate crisis. You know it, I know it—our kids know it and our pets know it. Our gas-guzzling cars definitely know it. It’s a constant topic of discussion (for good reason), but something that is often missing from the conversation is tangible action.

It’s one thing to announce that things are still bad—it’s another to come up with ways forward. The latter is the focus of Etuaptmumk/Two-Eyed Seeing: Ways of Being and Seeing, a five-part cultural gathering taking place at Firehall Arts Centre starting November 2.

Facilitated by Sahtu Dene/Coast Salish artist, writer, and storyteller Rosemary Georgeson and Turkish performance artist Lara Aysal of climate arts group The Only Animal, Etuaptmumk will bring Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and Elders, along with activists, academics, and members of the community, together in dialogue surrounding the state of our planet—and where we go from here.

“It’s such a big, unwieldy topic,” says Georgeson during a video call. “If people want to do something, but they don’t know where to step in or they don’t know what’s out there—who to talk to, organizations they can support, initiatives that are going on—I’m hoping that’s something that people will find through this.”

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