ReFrame 2022 Screening Series

Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair + Gaamominik

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Lessons from the Land 

ReFrame is proud to partner with the New Canadians Centre on the second annual "Lessons from the Land" program, a day of in-person programs designed to help us engage with Canada Day by reflecting on our relationship with the land and Indigenous peoples.

In addition to these two powerful films, the New Canadians Centre invites you to join our community for a day of learning on Friday July 1, 2022 from 9:00AM - 3:30PM at Beavermead Pavilion (2011 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough).

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This event was moderated by Amy Siegel (ReFrame Creative Director), stepping in for Christa Lemelin.

Karen Watts (Gaamominik), is an Odawa survivor/storyteller from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island. Karen holds a B.A. and Master’s Degree from Trent University and a Business Administration – Human Resources Diploma from Fleming College. During her academic studies as a mature student she won numerous awards including the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Award, Academic Achievement Bursary from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory (x2), the Ken E. Kidd Award and the Elizabeth Bigwin Award from Trent University. Grounded in Traditional Anishinaabe Teachings and guided by the Seven Grandfather Teachings, Gaamomink (Karen) strives to live her life to the fullest (Bimaadiziwin). 

Hannah Lemelin is already an accomplished film producer at the age of 19 years. Proud of her Métis culture and heritage, she has worked on student projects at Adam Scott CVI such as Progressing Through Illusions and a short bio on Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk as a director, editor and writer. Her other accomplishments include camera work on a web series called Grace and Justice and a production for Cogeco YourTV titled Politically Speaking, as well as her short film, Before My Eyes. 

Hannah has been recognized by the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, receiving various awards for her academic achievements and is currently working on a KPR Documentary with an Indigenous Consultant. Hannah’s dream is to one day become a film director and is currently enrolled at the Toronto Film School.

Christa Lemelin is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science. She is also an alumnus of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, having recently obtained her Certificate in Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence. She is currently an Environmental Compliance Specialist and Project Manager who has led a successful team in the environmental consulting industry for over 16 years. Her abilities have ranged from technical field work to high level project management, negotiation and consultation, all within a variety of environments (i.e. public and private sector, First Nation communities, etc.). 

She is the President of the Métis Nation of Ontario (Peterborough & District Wapiti Métis Council) and has been active on Council for the last decade to help meet the ongoing needs of Métis families and citizens in her community. She is also a member of the Region 6 Consultation Committee for the Métis Nation of Ontario, and has been responsible in providing leadership and guidance with community partners and government for a number of environmental and climate change policy issues. Her knowledge and experience in environmental policy and regulations has helped ensure that meaningful consultation and project implementation are taking place.