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Sitting at the Feet of the Elders
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2 Years running

Once upon a time there was a people who knew their freedom.

Even though, they were taken away from their lands.

Yet everyday they would pray, that they would be free again

Daughter of the Diaspora, my ancestors are calling me home.

In  honour and blessings to the ancestors, my ancestors, your ancestors who bore the burden of hate, who found it in themselves to love and dream of freedom under extreme tyranny. Who had to bare isolation and ridicule, yet still had love in their hearts. To the ancestors whose hearts and spirits were broken under pressure. 

I body give mention to the ancestors who were too blind to see their own humanity in those who they harmed and subjugated under violence.


Peace and blessings, my name is Sharrae Lyon and I am a filmmaker, educator and writer based in Toronto. Tkaronto (Mohawk term meaning 'a gathering place') is known to be the most diverse city in the world, and I stand here as an Xamaycan-Canadian woman of African, Indian and Arawak ancestry, who is on the journey of reconnecting to her indigeneity and healing ancestral trauma.

My family’s journey to Canada in the 1950s and 1960s was a result of economic and political upheaval during the independence movements in the Caribbean. Unbeknownst to them, they arrived to another element of empire that subjugated Indigenous peoples across the land.

Tkaronto is home to many Indigenous nations of Turtle Island (Canada), the Haudensone, the Anishnabeg, the Huron-Wendat and the Mississauga’s of the Credit River.

In 2012, I made the decision to look within to uncover what was hiding, what was lost, and what is aching to be found after witnessing the lateral violence within communities who were seeking to eradicate suffering.

As a result, reconnecting to my ancestral lineage and ways of knowing has set me off in the journey of understanding the connection between Earth and my own artistic practice; to tell stories dedicated to foretelling visions of our collective liberation and assisting those who are dedicated to birthing an emerging future that honours the sacredness of life.


1. To establish deeper knowledge in Jamaican traditional healing, womb health and herbal medicine through connecting with Elders

2. To engage in on the ground research for my next film project that follows my personal journey of mental health, decolonization and traditional healing

3. To connect with individuals utilizing wholistic, permaculture and natural cycles within community development to be grounded in returning to Tkaronto with such lessons to implement and share


1. Energetic exchange for Elders and Others who will become supports on the journey

2. On-ground travel, and potentially to ancestral grounds

3. Nourishment and sustenance

4. Memory/Storage for digital documentation


I am requesting support to raise $1200. If you care, please also share with your personal networks and folks who may be interested in supporting the journey to connecting to the past, in the present, to co-birth the emerging future. In the spirit of freedom, I thank you.


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