October 2nd – 3rd, 2010

Celebration of First Nations showcases the arts and culture of Canada’s indigenous people. The two day event includes, author readings, traditional dancers and drummers and a special guest performance at the Blyth Festival.


October 2 at 1:00pm – October 3 at 5:00pm

Event Schedule

Saturday, October 2, 2010

1:00 – 2:00 PM Author Reading (David Alexander Robertson) Goderich Library
3:00 – 5:00 PM Movie Screening (Reel Injun)Huron County Museum, Goderich
8:00 – 10:30 PM Digging Roots Live Concert with Comedian Gerry Barrett (Blyth Festival Theatre)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

3:00 – 5:00 PM Movie Screening (Reel Injun) Bayfield Town Hall

David Alexander Robertson: Graphic Novel Author

Based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, David is a graphic novelist with the original objective of engaging and educating a youth audience in the subject of Canadian Aboriginal History. His first work: ‘The Life of Betty Osborne’ was released in December, 2008 and he is now in the process of writing ‘Seven Generations,’ a four-graphic novel series on Aboriginal History. Book one of this series, ‘Stone’ was released in March, 2010.


Reel Injun: National Film Board Film.

Reel Injun is an interesting and insightful look at the ‘Hollywood Indian,’ the film explores the portrayal of North American Natives as they are seen by the world. Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of ‘the Injun’ has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding of the Native American Peoples. Director Neil Diamond will be in attendance to discuss the film.


Gerry “The Big Bear” Barrett

a proud Ojibway originally from the Saugeen First Nation. He is one of Canada’s favorite aboriginal stand-up comedians, and is an Elvis Tribute Artist. You may have seen his comedy featured on the Comedy Network, CBC-television, and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Netowrk. Gerry has toured across North America with his all-aboriginal themed comedy show, and has performed as Elvis Presley on stage in Las Vegas. He has appeared in several movies, and is the voice of Bigfoot, (Sabe) on the hit-children’s television program Tipi Tales. He is an award-winning writer, and his feature film treatments and proposals have been very well received by Producers in Hollywood, California. When he’s not on the road performing his hilarious stand-up comedy show, The Big Bear is the Morning Host on Manitoba’s Aboriginal Radio Network, NCI-FM.

Digging Roots: Musical Group

Digging Roots is a 2009 Juno award winning musical group with their album ‘We Are’ in the Best Aboriginal Recording category. They were also previously nominated for another award in 2006 with their debut album ‘Seeds’. Quickly emerging as the aboriginal “… new leaders of the old school rebel music”, they are well worth the trip into Blyth to hear the performance.

For a sample of the music Digging Roots plays, look to the two links below:



Digging Roots Concert w/ special guest Gerry “The Big Bear” Barrett

Saturday, October 2:  8:00 PM

Blyth Festival

$25.00 or $20.00 for Students

Reel Injun Screening w/ director Neil Diamond

Saturday, October 2: 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Huron County Museum


Sunday, October 3: 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Bayfield Town Hall

$10.00 or $7.00 for Students

Tickets available through the Blyth Festival Theater Box Office: 519-523-9300

Jenna Ujiye
Tourism Marketer
County of Huron
Phone: 519-524-8394 ext.3
E-mail: jujiye@huroncounty.ca