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In Conversation With Duke Redbird and David Crombie

A conversation between Duke Redbird & former Mayor David Crombie that reflects on Toronto’s history & Indigenous/Settler relations.

Elder Duke Redbird and former Toronto Mayor David Crombie have a long history together through their many contributions to the City of Toronto.

Join us for an intimate conversation between these two iconic figures who will discuss the history of Toronto and its waterfront from pre-contact (12,000 years ago) until today; taking us on a historical journey that includes personal observations, anecdotes, and their wealth of knowledge when it comes to Indigenous-Settler relations.

This event is part of an ongoing event series presented in partnership with Elder Duke Redbird; which included last summer’s, Wigwam Chi-Chemung Indigenous Interpretive Learning Centre and this summer’s Wigwam Chi-Chemung: Ask an Elder program.

This conversation between Elder Redbird and former Mayor David Crombie will be followed by an audience Q&A.


Elder Dr. Duke Redbird is an established Indigenous intellectual, poet, painter, broadcaster, filmmaker and keynote speaker, he brings his breadth of cultural knowledge and artistic practice to the benefit of a global audience.

He works as a multifaceted artist, practicing across a number of disciplines including literature, painting, theatre, cinema and most recently rap poetry. A well-known Canadian broadcaster and television personality, he is in demand as a keynote speaker in corporate, industry, and educational settings. As a poet, essayist and screenwriter, Dr. Redbird has published and performed poetry readings, theatrical productions, video and film, both locally and internationally.

In 2020 the album Refuge was released by the band, Sultans Of String and features the musical version of Elder Redbird’s poem the Power of the Land. Earlier this year Elder Redbird also published, Duke Redbird Poetry.

Since 2014, Dr. Redbird has been the Indigenous Arts Consultant for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and is the Artist in Residence at the Urban Indigenous Education Centre.

In November Elder Duke Redbird will deliver a keynote to faculty and students at MIT in Boston, where he will speak about the creative influence of the Indigenous lens and technology.

David Crombie has served as Mayor of Toronto (1972-1978), Member of Parliament (1978-1988), and federal cabinet minister. He has also served as President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute, Chair of Ontario Place, founding Chair of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Chancellor of Ryerson University and Chair of the Toronto Lands Corporation. He is currently Chair of the Greenbelt Council, and recently chaired the Advisory Panel for the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. He is a Member of the Order of Ontario and an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Audra Santa is a creative communicator who acts as a bridge between worlds, allowing for stories to unveil truths and conversations to create connection.  
A skilled presenter, facilitator and moderator, Audra is passionate about elevating Indigenous voices. She has hosted and produced interviews, podcasts, and videos to help tell Indigenous stories, and believes many answers can be found in honouring Indigenous wisdom.
Audra comes from layers of study in psychology, spirituality and Indigenous health, supporting the self-determination and healing of communities worldwide. With experience in partnership development, community services, and policy and advocacy, Audra continues to bridge connections through her work as a musician, facilitator, and spiritual guide.

Instagram: @audrasanta

In Conversation With Duke Redbird and David Crombie

15 Oct 2020

Please Note:

– We will email you the webinar link for these panel discussions 24-48 hours prior to their respective dates.
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– Live Captioning will be provided.
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– This webinar will be recorded.

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