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February 9th 2010

The United Chiefs and Council of Manitoulin Island (UCCM) recently commissioned Debajehmujig to create a performance showing the importance of aboriginal Ceremonies at a conference taking place in Birch Island. The show was to be framed within the context of Treaty signings that pertain to Manitoulin Island, demonstrating how things may have been misinterpreted as a result of language barriers and cultural values.

December 17th, 18th, 2009

Welcome to the Van Der Beist Manor!
This building that we are so proud to call our home has a varied and rich history. It was originally built as the Happy Harbour Orphanage in 1928. It was here that three young Van Der Beist children were admitted in 1939 – among them my father, Percival Van Der Beist, along with his brother Nicolae and sister Ingrid. They spent their formative years here and knew no other place as home.

October 29th and 30th, 2009

Percival Van Der Biest – October 31, 1939 – October 27, 2009
“Died suddenly at his home after a hard fought battle with life, surrounded by his family and friends.”

August 11 – 15, 2009

A series of 4DCreation and NLP workshops were delivered to enhance creative strategies among young emerging Aboriginal film makers. Utilizing the creation centre as a home base, a pilot training project isolating specific core elements of the arts animation program, was delivered.