Join us for a party and an artist talk to celebrate the opening of Sean Stiller: Cyéwmen in our student gallery. *Note special date and time
Opening Party & Artist Talk: Thursday, June 8, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Featuring Sean Stiller in conversation with Sam Mukwa Kloetstra, 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Cyéwmen is a meditation on a cycle of sustenance woven through traditional knowledge of the Secwepemc—a people defiantly standing against the brutal efficiency of commercial fishing and resource extraction. For First Nations salmon are not a resource to be managed sustainably; they are beings in the world with inherent dignity and value in the eyes of the creator. Cyéwmen, an immersive installation experience, is an invitation to understand through one’s sensory experience and feeling of the world. It reflects a deeply Indigenous worldview, where the acquisition of knowledge is fluid and non-linear—the outcome of self-guided exploration.
SEAN STILLER is a Canadian-Secwepemc filmmaker based in Toronto. As a Canadian of mixed heritage, Sean practices documentary as both insider and outsider—an insider through work with Secwepemc and other First Nations communities and as an outsider motivated by a keen curiosity and empathy. His work spans commercial projects, commissioned documentaries, and experimental short films. Sean’s work largely centers on Indigenous and social justice issues in Canada, as well as experimental and transmedia documentary practice.
SAM MUKWA KLOETSTRA is an Anishinaabe youth from Mattagami First Nation. He is a strong advocate for the creation of Indigenous spaces, cultural revitalization, and community wellbeing. Sam has worked with the Ontario Ministry of Education in research on spaces and transitions for Indigenous students in schools. He has been an advisor to Ontario Minister of Education and now presently sits on the Ontario Premier’s Council for Youth Opportunities. Sam continues to work in health and wellbeing. He is a vocal advisor on the Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle and has worked with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Local Health Integration Network on Indigenous space creation. He is currently living in Toronto where he has taken an active role in building and raising the city's urban Indigenous community.