Cultural Sovereignty

Event Date: 
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Finnish Labour Temple (314 Bay Street) - Multipurpose Room
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone one is welcome.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8341
Event Contact E-mail: 

The Department of History and the Resources, Economy, and Society Research Group (RESRG) are pleased to present a free workshop on Cultural Sovereignty being held as part of the 2015 Bay Street Film Festival’s Master Classes Series.

Introduced by Dr. Ronald Harpelle, in this workshop Joanne Gail Johnson, director of Sally’s Way, will lead participants in exploring her experiences in cultivating personal esteem and cultural sovereignty for Caribbean children. Complete information can be found at

Facilitator Bio:
Joanne has worked in television, media production, theatre and children’s book publishing for many years. She has produced two feature length documentaries, The Journey Now Start and The Holy Man. Her passion is creating children’s content for and from the Caribbean. Her work includes: writer/director of two original stage plays, The Island, (published as a picture book Ibis Stew? Oh, No!) and The Last of the Super Models. Her growing catalogue of published children’s books and anthologized stories includes the illustrated reader, Sally’s Way . She is the series editor of the first Caribbean, “tween” novella series Island Fiction (Macmillan-Caribbean). Sally’s Way is Joanne’s first feature film. It premiered at the Northwest Film Forum’s 2015 Children’s International Film Festival Seattle in January where it was awarded the Global Zoom Prize for best promoting inter-cultural understanding.

A complete schedule of this year’s films can be found at