• The rich tradition of storytelling is interwoven into the fabric of First Nations, Inuit and Métis culture. Stories are shared to teach, inspire and entertain, they share history, culture and spiritual beliefs connecting generations. Yonneh’ón:we explores different artistic mediums and the power of storytelling, honouring the life-giving spirit of story. 

Indigenous Art Series

February 15th & 22nd - Simcoe Street Theatre

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

  • Hosted by Collingwood Poet Laureate Jillian Morris, Yonnweh’ón:we, an Indigenous art series of four uniquely different experiences explores contemporary Indigenous storytelling. Through poetry, film and dance be immersed in the power of Indigenous storytelling.
  • Yonnweh’ón:we translates to Everlasting Life. Let’s come together and celebrate the life-giving and life-promoting nature of stories through the diverse mediums of contemporary Indigenous storytelling.
  • The series returns this coming February with two special film nights scheduled. February Film Nights builds from the first event of the series, which took place in November at Simcoe Street Theatre and featured music, poetry, film and dance.
  • Explore some of the collection of paintings curated by Shorelane Arts and experience visual storytelling through the artwork and incredible talent of Indigenous artists.

Jillian Morris

Collingwood Poet Laureate & Event Host

  • Jillian Morris is Kanien’kehaka and band member of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, currently residing in Collingwood.
  • Jillian has established her presence in community as a writer with local media, publishing pieces that contribute to fostering a healthier Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationship. She believes that art is an impactful medium to build bridges between cultures and worldviews. Jillian’s poetry layers traditional teachings and interconnection with the natural world to explore identity, redress untruths and foster connection.
 Jillian Morris standing along a river next to a bridge.

Run Woman Run

 Jillian Morris, Zoe Hopkins, and lead actress Dakota Ray Hebert. Run Woman Run graphic
  • Run Woman Run shares the experience of single mother Beck. Haunted by the death of her mother and the ghost of legendary marathon runner Tom Longboat, she must learn to honour her past and lover herself in order to cross the finish line towards a brighter future. Following the screening of Run Woman Run, Jillian will speak with director/writer Zoe Hopkins and lead actress Dakota Ray Hebert. Enjoy a traditional song by Jillian in advance of the film, stay after to mingle and enjoy three sister soup prepared by the Collingwood Youth Centre culinary program along with displays by Indigenous art and craft vendors.

Warrior Spirit

Poster for Warrior Spirit
  • Warrior Spirit is directed by Will George who is also the film subject. A member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and land defender, George shares the story of his work to protect the land from industrial threats. Following the film screening, Jillian will host a discussion with Will George.
  • The evening kicks off with a musical set by Anishinaabe and Cree, singer-songwriter J.D. Crosstown. Three sister soup and Indigenous art and craft vendors will also be shared as part of the evening.
  • International touring artist J.D. (Jacob Douglas) Crosstown, grew up in Neyaashiinigmiing, the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, ON. Picking up the guitar at age 9, Crosstown didnt start performing in front of crowds until after lockdown, but within a short time of sharing his craft, it has brought him great opportunities. Embarking on his first overseas tour in Germany in 2023, as well as travelling across Canada.
J.D. Crosstown with guitar on beach