On Wednesday November 30, I hosted Decolonial Soup at Xpace Cultural Centre to create allyship and dialogue around the colonial history of North American Thanksgiving for both settler and non-settler students, artists and community members through an evening of sharing a warm meal and conversation. I have found this to be a formidable learning experience in community development. I invited guest speaker, Lisa Myers, artist, chef and educator to discuss cultural narratives on food, tradition, ceremony and her personal art practice. I also invited Shawna Howe, MSW and Indigenous counselor to conduct a smudging ceremony and traditional drum song to open the event.
This event was made possible with the collaboration of Xpace Cultural Centre, Critical Soup and OCAD U's Indigenous Visual Culture Program.