The context of "This is My Drum" is the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. This territory includes the land where Canada’s Parliament buildings reside. Ironically, in a nation state that celebrates diversity as multiculturalism, the policy for Indigenous peoples remains one of forced assimilation and genocide.
"This is My Drum" functions as a vessel that holds one woman's voice -- Heather Majaury -- that sings recollection, defiance, resistance, surrender, and continuance within Canada’s colonial boundaries. Heather walks a theatrical trail of her ancestors, meandering amid the spaces between and through several generations to find what is left behind and who she is as an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe.
"This is My Drum" is a meta-theatrical journey that asks penetrating questions about the land and the home of Heather’s ancestors. The play investigates Heather’s ambiguous hybrid identity through encounters with her ancestors, bringing her kokomis (grandmother) to the stage in character and through engagement with actual filmed footage.
"This is My Drum" is particularly significant today. The Algonquin Anishinaabeg in Ontario are currently involved in the process of terminating their land rights through Canada’s comprehensive land claims policy. Despite a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision that affirmed Indigenous rights, through this policy the Algonquin continue to be denied jurisdiction to their land and resources. In this way, the genocide Heather is experiencing today is the same genocide that generations of her ancestors had imposed on them, her kokomis included.
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