ABOUT KAPWA COLLECTIVE
Kapwa Collective is a group of Filipino-Canadian artists, critical thinkers, and healers who work towards bridging narratives between the Indigenous and the Diasporic, and the Filipino and the Canadian. We facilitate links among academic, artistic, activist, and other communities in Toronto.
Kapwa Collective believes it is important to create links with the Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines, Canada and around the world, as we seek to understand our own identities, especially as people of the Diaspora. Increasingly, we understand that incorporating Indigenous knowledge, systems, beliefs, and practices is important towards our survival as a species in this world that is in a deep ecological crisis.
Thoughts About Art and Community
We work towards bridging narratives between the Indigenous and the Diasporic, and the Filipino and the Canadian.
Over the past two years, Kapwa Collective has participated in international collaborations including the KAPWA-3 Conference on Indigenous People in the Academe (Baguio, PI), the Second International Babaylan Conference/ Gathering - “Katutubong Binhi/Native Seeds: Myths and Stories that Feed our Indigenous Soul” (Westminister Woods, CA), and the 2015 Centre for Babaylan Studies Symposium - “Panaghinabi: Fruitful Conversations, Bridging Indigenous and Christian Traditions of Spirituality” (Glouster, OH).
We have also explored indigeneity with various local communities including Queer Filipinos/as in Canada, SUM Degree/Restless Precinct, Female Eye Film Festival, and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
We are honoured to be mentored by First Nation leaders such as Lee Maracle (Stö:lo Nation) and Laini Lascelles (Lanaape Traditional Healer and Wolf Clan member).
These experiences have allowed us to plant seeds that nourish our indigenous souls towards the process of decolonization.
Kapwa Collective facilitates links among academic, artistic, activist, and other communities in Toronto by (co-)presenting events, a Kapwa Speaker Series, and community-engaged Kapwa Playshops™.