Beyond the Pavement: Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) Activist Communities.

Beyond the Pavement: Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities is a traveling liberatory dreaming workshop facilitated by Lynx Sainte-Marie. It is geared towards BIPOC activists and community organizers looking to embed a healing justice framework into their community work.

Workshop Outline

What does it look like to hold space for those who are unable to “pound the pavement” (i.e. the traumatized, the disabled and the sick)? In this interactive closed workshop for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), we will explore community care as a strategy towards liberation. How do we as people invested in liberation hold space for those most vulnerable to harm? How have we internalized dominant discourses of activism, care-taking and community organizing? In this session, we will channel our individual and collective knowledge as daily survivors of racial oppression and (intergenerational) trauma and move towards social justice movements that centre healing, sustainability and community care. Participants will be challenged to envision a society that is interdependent, sustainable and focused on “wholeness.”

Duration

2.5 – 3 hours

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Workshops

2016, June 14, Edmonton, CA.  Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG) – University of Alberta.
Facilitator: Beyond the Pavement: Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities.

2016, May 11th, Halifax, CA.  Our Resilient Bodies Working Group – Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NPIRG)
Facilitator: Beyond the Pavement: Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities

2016, March 19th, Guelph, CA. OPIRG Guelph’s Social and Environmental Justice Symposium: Bridging Communities, Re-centering Movements – University of Guelph.
Facilitator: Beyond the Pavement: Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities

Presentations

2017, March 26, London, CA. Organizing Equality International Conference – Western University.
Presenter: Further Beyond the Pavement: Disability, Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities.

2016, November 5, Boston, US. Disability & Intersectionality Summit.
Presenter: Further Beyond the Pavement: Disability, Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities.

2016, May 30, Calgary, CA. Canadian Disability Studies Association-Association Canadienne des Études sur l’Incapacité (CDSA-ACÉI) 2016 Annual Conference: Energizing Communities. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences – University of Calgary
Presenter: Further Beyond the Pavement: Disability, Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities.

Publications

(forthcoming) 2019, “Further Beyond the Pavement: Disability, Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities,” Organizing Equality. (McGill-Queens University Press).

Occultures: Magick in the Independent Arts (2015)

Published by Impulse Books [b:] and featuring interviews with Lynx Sainte-Marie, Amrit Brar, Jenna Danchuk, Nico MaraMcKay and Clementine Morrigan, Occultures takes a critical look into the ways artistic practice, magic, zine culture and the occult intersect.

Canzine Toronto – “Magic and Occult in the Independent Arts” panel (2015).

…Afro+Goth is my way of reclaiming the “darkness” of my heritage – all those seemingly unsightly pieces of Blackness that colonialism and whiteness seeks to cast aside in favour of non-Black bodies, stories and knowledges. As someone of the Jamaican diaspora who has recently learned that my Black ancestors descended from West and Central Africa, I strive to have Blackness as my political centre. And my art is influenced by my politics in that all that I create I create, first and foremost, for Black people. Currently, I look to Afro+Goth, African and Afro-Caribbean spirituality and Afrofuturistic narratives for affirmation and creative inspiration.

– Excerpt from “Occultures” Interview.

Reviews

2016, August, Broken Pencil Magazine, Staff Pick: Occultures.

Of Shadows (2016)

Artist Statement

Blackness, darkness, shadow, shades, night, the labyrinths of the earth, abysmal depths, blacken someone’s reputation; and, on the other side, the bright look of innocence, the white dove of peace, magical, heavenly light.

– Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks.

Of Shadows uses the serial selfie to speak to the intersections of Blackness and disability. In a wall mounted movement of five images using a lo-fi digital abstraction style that mutes the complexity of the subject, this series presents the disabled and Black body as both spectre and monstrosity; fiction and cautionary tale. Simply a danger, nothing more.

Under white supremacy, the presence of Black life is contrary and invokes violence. “Black” as a rule conjures images of the ominous and unknown in the white, colonial mind; thus, Black people are often hyper-visible around narratives of criminality, and – often, simultaneously – erased from narratives of disability. The story of these images is one of a familiar haunting, where the vulnerable body of the disabled Black person is threatening, even at rest and at pain, due to the insidious anti-Blackness of our society.

 

Exhibitions

2017, March 12, Toronto, CA. Vari Hall – York University.
Reclaim Our Bodies and Minds Conference: Art Showcase featuring Lynx Sainte-Marie

2016, December 8 – 12, Toronto, CA. Tangled Art + Disability.
Storywave Collective Presents: Who We Are.

Never Been Broken: Blackness, Disability & Healing through the Arts

Never Been Broken: Blackness, Disability & Healing through the Arts was a panel presentation presented at the inaugural Black Futures Now Toronto (BFNTO) Conference on July 16th, 2016 at the Technology Enhanced Learning Building (TEL) at York University.

Organized by Lynx Sainte-Marie, conference advisor for BFNTO, the panel featured three Black artists who identified with having some form of disability and/or chronic illness. Panelists were invited to perform/recite work, and to speak to their artistic practices, the intersection of disability and Blackness and the role art plays in supporting their varied journeys of healing.

Panelists

Whitney French
Jassie Justice
Lynx Sainte-Marie

Moderator

Gloria Swain

Four Black spoonie panelists look to the camera, with varying faces ranging from big smiles to serious faces. In the foreground, the three spoonies IRL stand closely together, while the fourth spoonie is projected on the screen behind them URL.
From bottom left to right: Gloria Swain, Lynx Sainte-Marie and Jassie Justice. Top: Whitney French.

 

Black Arts, Black Magic

Black Arts, Black Magic was a community panel presented at the inaugural Black Futures Now Toronto (BFNTO) Conference on July 16th, 2016 at the Technology Enhanced Learning Building (TEL) at York University.

Sponsored by the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) and organized by FAC Outreach Committee Members Lynx Sainte-Marie and Aldeli Alban Reyna, four Black trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming artists were invited to speak about their artistic practice, their ancestral histories and lineages, recite or perform work and discuss how “Black Magic” manifests in their art and everyday lives.

Panelists

Lou Boileau
Lourdes Duniam
Kim Ninkuru
Lynx Sainte-Marie

Moderator

Geneviève Wallen

Five Black trans/non-binary people, wearing a variety of stylish clothing, look varying ways into the camera.
From the left to right: Kim Ninkuru, Lou Boileau, Lynx Sainte-Marie, Geneviève Wallen and Lourdes Duniam.

Press

2016, July, NOW Magazine, Toronto Conference Wants to Put the Future of Black Women and Non-Binary People in Focus.

#BlackSpoonieSpeak

#BlackSpoonieSpeak was a creative writing workshop series for Black
youth ages 18-24 who live with various forms of chronic illness/disability in the Greater Toronto Area.

Prioritizing youth on the margins, the goal of the project was to provide a safer, accessible, tender space for Black spoonies to speak to their stories of survival and resilience while having the opportunity to build creative networks and supportive Black spoonie community.

 

 

Grants

2016, Art Starts (in partnership with the Toronto Arts Council), Platform A Micro-Grant.

Interviews

2017, March, Open Book, Six With Lynx Sainte-Marie.

2016, September, Art Starts. Three Years of Successful Stories | Art Starts Micro-grant recipients | Platform A.

Presentations

2017, August 19, Boston, US. Alternatives Conference 2017: Building Healing Communities Together.
Presenter: #BlackSpoonieSpeak: Creative Writing Effort for Healing Black Youth.