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Dangerous Dames advocate for women, the environment

Georgina Island First Nation member Becky Big Canoe among featured guests at July 28 Indigenous storytelling event
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Becky Big Canoe is one of the storytellers who will be featured at the Dangerous Dames event at the Orillia Museum of Art & History. Sue Charters photo

Superheroes exist all around us, disguised as mothers, daughters and friends.

Dangerous Dames features stories told by empowered women who are working to advocate for themselves and the environment. These women have issued a “call to action”.

They are real-life superheroes, speaking out to break barriers, beat the odds and blaze new trails to make a positive impact in other people’s lives.

The event will be held July 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Orillia Museum of Art and History. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Sherry Lawson. Sherry is a member of Mnjikaning First Nation, mother, grandmother, volunteer, storyteller, author and former cultural services director for Chippewas of Rama First Nation.

Among the confirmed storytellers are Becky Big Canoe and Kim Desmoulin.

Becky Big Canoe is a Water Walker and water advocate, a mother of two and grandmother of two, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, and a woman who has journeyed on foot around Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching carrying a copper kettle full of water to raise money in support of healthy lakes.

Kim Desmoulin coordinates the Ambe Tigadaw Garden Collective project at the Orillia Native Women's Group. Through her work, she advocates for a  sustainable collaborative approach to food security. Between the partner agencies, Ambe Tigedaw reaches well over 100 First Nation, Metis, and Inuit families in Simcoe County and hundreds more individuals.

Dangerous Dames is held in conjunction with the exhibition When Raven Became Spider, which re-imagines Indigenous stories using popular comic book imagery. Like the artwork featured, this storytelling event aims to re-frame the notion of power and indigenous women.

Tickets are limited, reserve your spot today. Tickets can be purchased at the Orillia Museum of Art & History or by phone, 705-326-2159.