ᐱᐣᑎᑫᐣ (Come In)
Surviving and Fighting Dehumanizing Practices in Ontario Institutions
Passing Through the Darkness of our Past Lives into the Light of our Present Lives
Knowledge of eugenics has been silenced, hidden, and treated as insignificant. It has also been removed from sites of knowledge production. Yet, marginalized knowledge has become a powerful tool for activism. In this video, Peter Park uses song and imagery to represent his experience behind a cell door. Park’s song is called “Eternal Dreamer” and the image of the cell is called “D Ward.” “D Ward” is a graphite sketch by Sue Hutton with direction from Park. This image is a visual depiction of Park’s experience in the detention ward at the Oxford Regional Centre in Woodstock, Ontario. The sketch shows a room with no windows. There is a drain in the middle of the floor. A body is lying on the ground next to the drain. Amidst the hurtful and exclusionary ideas of eugenics, Park’s knowledge is celebrated and acknowledged for the ways it counters eugenic ideas and practices.
Song and Image Credits | Lyrics
I know I’m the eternal dreamer, but with my dreaming comes hope.
We’re all working together towards one common goal.
Dignity, Respect, Inclusion
When I was in D-Ward I dreamed I would get out. I haven’t stopped dreaming. I will continue to dream.
Anything that’s negative, I want to change that to a positive. To a positive.
[Back up vocals] True inclusion. True inclusion. True inclusion. True inclusion.
We are all in this together. We all belong. I encourage everyone to tell their story. Even though it may be painful.
I know I’m the eternal dreamer, and with dreaming, there’s hope.
We’re all working together towards one common goal. True inclusion. We all belong.
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Braiding the Strands
Widening the Story: Artifact 1
Braiding and Weaving in More Strands
Land-based Care Activity
Song and Image Credits
Peter Park, Sue Hutton, Scott MacGregor-Moore, Heiki Sillaste, “Eternal Dreamer,” produced by Chris Perry, Indarra, Walk on Fire, 2018.
Graphite Sketch by Sue Hutton with direction from Peter Park. This image is a visual depiction of Park’s experience in the detention ward at the Oxford Regional Centre in Woodstock, Ontario. Published in the following: S. Hutton, P. Park, M. Levine, S. Johnson, K. Bramesfeld, Self-Advocacy from the Ashes of the Institution. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies 6, no. 3 (2017), 30-59, (Source).
Dominique Ireland (Deaf Interpreter, Connect Interpreting Services), and Debbie Parliament (ASL-English Interpreter, Connect Interpreting Services). ASL video overlay by Aaron Kelly.
Writing/ dramaturgy: Kat Germain, Rebecca Singh, Jennifer Brethour
Consultations: Melanie Marsden, Melissa George-Watson
Voice Actors: Elder Glenda Klassen, Christine Malec, Colette Desjardins, Scotty Yams
Sound Engineer: David Stinson