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Landspeak 2022 · Visit/Cruinniú/Kiyokēwin

In collaboration with our partners, Landspeak is convening a visit/cruinniú/kiyokēwin in November 2022, welcoming to Ireland a delegation of Indigenous artists from Turtle Island/Canada.

The aim of this visit/cruinniú/kiyokēwin will be to build upon connections forged online during Landspeak: A Gathering of Indigenous and Irish Voices, a virtual conference that took place online in March 2021, and Reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (TRC), a weekly reading organised by Landspeak, reading of the TRC aloud among people from Turtle Island and Ireland, gathered online over the Autumn of 2021.

Visitors to Ireland for the visit/cruinniú/kiyokēwin include the following:

  • Louise B. Halfe Sky Dancer – Cree writer, Poet Laureate of Canadian Parliament
  • Joseph Naytowhow – Cree knowledge keeper, singer and storyteller
  • Cheryl L’Hirondelle – Artist and singer/songwriter of the Papaschase First Nation

Meeting in person, and undertaking a variety of activities, the visit/cruinniú/kiyokēwin will solidify connections among the Landspeak conference organisers and, at the same time, introduce these Indigenous artists, elders, and knowledge keepers to artists, academics, and community workers in Ireland, in an effort to create networks of collaboration and sharing that will foster cultural and knowledge exchange into the future.

The events that will occur as part of the visit/cruinniú/kiyokēwin include:

  • Monument visit Monday November 21st – Kindred Spirits Monument, Midleton, Co. Cork
    A visit to the monument celebrates the connection between Ireland and the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island/North America, in particular the Choctaw Nation.
  • Tuesday November 22nd – University College Dublin (UCD)
  • Wednesday November 23rd, morning, The Oireachtas, Dublin
    Ceann Comhairle will offer an official welcome while the Dáil is sitting.
  • Wednesday November 23rd , 3.30 pm Aras an Uachtaráin
    A reception with President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

The events of Landspeak are organised in partnership with the Ireland Canada University Foundation, University College Dublin, and the University of Manitoba Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.

Landspeak has been organised with the assistance of the Government of Canada. Landspeak a été organisé avec l’appui du gouvernement du Canada. The Ireland Canada University Foundation is supported by the Government of Ireland, through the Emigrant Support Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs.