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Black in the Waters: Race and the Waterways of Canada

September 18 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Walking tour with Jacqueline L. Scott

This event explores Black Canadian relationships to local waterways, through conversation on Black residents’ historic and contemporary connections to water, including sailing across oceans, canoeing along lakes, and swimming and skating across rivers. Drawing on her ongoing research examining Black access to outdoor recreation, Scott will speak of complicated Afro-Canadian relationships to waterways–as routes to damnation, freedom, or adventure.

This event will be held rain or shine, with indoor facilities (suitable for physical distancing) available in case of inclement weather. Physical distancing will be in place for the outdoor portions of the walk, and masks are required in all indoor spaces, including washrooms. The walk is a loop along the Waterfront Trail, starting and ending at the Small Arms Inspection Building. Trails are primarily paved, with some grassy sections.

Jacqueline L. Scott is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto who researches the crossroads of race, outdoor recreation, and their broader contexts alongside environmental activism.

About the Project: lyfeboat prototype

lyfeboat prototype is an artwork by land-based artist, architect, and playground-designer sean procyk that takes the form of a fully-operational boat. Informed by histories of land and water management surrounding Lake Ontario, legacies of settler-colonialism, innovations by off-grid communities, findings from critical citizen science, and realities of ecological resilience and adaptation, lyfeboat prototype is not only intended to be an innovative sculptural structure, but a platform for expansive interdisciplinary inquiry–a space from which to explore the tensions and possibilities inherent in living collectively, autonomously, and equitably on a damaged planet.

About the Lead Artist

sean procyk is an artist and playground designer. his practice focuses on creating immersive public engagements through site-specific installation, architecture and community workshops. Each project responds to its regional context, with a particular focus on unsettling relationships between landscape, community and ecology. procyk’s work explores processes of ecological succession, land-based disturbance, human alienation and collective action. he works primarily with found, reclaimed and natural materials. procyk’s works have been exhibited at Hamilton Artists Inc., Latitude 53, Stride Contemporary Art Gallery, Elemental Festival, Convergence Conference on Art and Technology in Banff, and Nuit Blanche Toronto.

Image: Credit River, Mississauga. Photo: Jacqueline L. Scott


September 18
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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