Wisakedjak: A play offered at the University of Sudbury
High school students from the Sudbury area as well as a number of community members, benefited from an incredible opportunity last October 7th! They enjoyed a matinee performance which took place at the University of Sudbury as part of a world premiere tour of the Wisakedjak play – tour that includes the prestigious Market Hall (Peterborough,) and the Museum of Civilization (Ottawa).
As explained by Dr. Karyn Recollet, the performance’s main protagonist, Wisakedjak comes back to the Kiji Sibi (Ottawa River) after a long absence. In search of his relatives, he realizes that the Omamiwinini (Algonquin) homeland has been utterly transformed by industrial actions. She further explains that “Wisakedjak brings our attention to the importance and the ways in which we “call out” to our relations ... Wiskedjak’s use of Anishinaabemowin reminds us all that there is a certain unique connectivity that establishes itself when Indigenous languages are employed.”
Some students were so taken with the story, that a follow-up discussion animated by a faculty member of the University of Sudbury’s Indigenous Studies department, was requested.
Click here for the full review by Dr. Karyn Recollet, faculty member of the Indigenous Studies Department, at the University of Sudbury