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Image Credit: “The Ipperwash Park Film Project,” Klippensteins/Monica Virtue Productions


Lambton’s Creative County Committee Awards 2022 Funding
Lambton Online, December 2, 2021

Monica’s “Ipperwash Archive,” a digital video-sharing platform, is announced as a recipient of Lambton’s Creative County Grant Program, one of 21 projects for the 2022 program year. The platform will be designed to share over 100 hours of footage, as well as Ipperwash Inquiry exhibits, with the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation community before it is donated, with consent of those appearing in the footage, to the Lambton County Archives.


Lambton Heritage Museum announces new name for local bear
Anishinabek News, August 12, 2021

“The idea for the naming contest came from Red George, according to Virtue, a designer, researcher, and filmmaker who is in the process of completing a documentary on the Ipperwash Crisis, conducted treaty research for First Nations, and held treaty workshops for school boards.”


Museum exhibition will examine First Nation’s land loss
Windsor Star, July 30, 2021

“Virtue, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and researcher, said some visitors who experienced the Museum London show came away shocked at how their perspectives on treaties and previous concepts surrounding indigenous land claims had been changed and broadened.”


Virtual Talk: Nnigiiwemin / We Are Going Home
Lambton Heritage Museum, YouTube, July 28, 2021

“Co-curators Summer Bressette and Monica Virtue explore themes related to the exhibit “Nnigiiwemin / We Are Going Home”, presented at Lambton Heritage Museum. “Nnigiiwemin” is a response to the 25th anniversary of the “Ipperwash Crisis” and examines the relationship between colonialism and the loss of land by the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation.”


New exhibit explores the Ipperwash Crisis
Sarnia Observer, July 22, 2021

Nnigiiwemin / We Are Going Home examines the relationship between colonialism and the loss of land by the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation. It was co-curated by Summer Bressette and Monica Virtue, with illustrations by Bridget George. A response to the 25th anniversary of the “Ipperwash Crisis” of 1995, this exhibit introduces the concept of Chi-Naakinigewin, or Natural Law as a driving force for land and water protection. Using interviews, maps, moving images, soundscapes, and wampum, it illustrates the relationship between people, land, and Anishinaabeg Nationhood.”


Heritage Museum Launches Name The Bear Contest
Lambton Online, July 5, 2021

“As the black bear is reclaiming his traditional territory in Lambton Shores, the museum looks forward to opening a new exhibition this summer called Nnigiiwemin / We Are Going Home. Co-curated by Summer Bressette and Monica Virtue, this exhibition explores the relationship between colonialism and the loss of land by the Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation.”


In Conversation: Georgina Voss and Monica Virtue
DesignTO Festival
, May 14, 2021

“Join DesignTO on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 12pm EDT (5pm BST) for the fourth ‘In Conversation’ series event with artist and educator Georgina Voss and designer and filmmaker Monica Virtue. Through their wide array of artistic outputs, Georgina and Monica will discuss the intersections of their creative practices involving data visualization and mapping as a tool for research, storytelling, and a way to track how “things” move through complex systems.”


Museum London marking 25 years since Ipperwash Crisis with new months-long exhibit
Global News, September 11, 2020

Monica is interviewed about the opening of a new exhibition about the Ipperwash Crisis, which she co-curated for Museum London. Includes an audio interview with 980 CFPL.


Exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of the Ipperwash Crisis
CBC News, September 11, 2020

Monica is interviewed about the opening of a new Museum London exhibition about the 25th anniversary of the Ipperwash Crisis.


History of the 90’s: Ipperwash
Podcast
, August 5, 2020

Monica is interviewed for The History of the 90’s podcast, which explains in great detail what the “Ipperwash Crisis” was, why it occurred, and explains developments in the story leading up to the present day. (48 minutes)

Also available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play.


Ontario’s School Libraries and Treaties Recognition Week
Canadian School Libraries Journal, March 2, 2018

Monica and David Plain visit the Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in Brantford, Ontario to talk to Grades 7 to 12 students about treaties.


The Secret Life of Ipperwash Beach
The Secret Life of Canada,
CBC Podcast, October 5, 2017

Monica is interviewed for Episode 2 of The Secret Life of Canada podcast, focusing on the colonial history of Ipperwash Beach. (Starts at 12:25 and runs to 15:54.)


The Ipperwash Beach Walk
Canadian Film Centre, 2016

The Ipperwash Beach Walk is featured as one of the CFC Media Lab’s completed projects on the Canadian Film Centre web site.


Best Wishes to the 2016 Digital Futures Graduates on ‘Destination: Tomorrow’
CFC Media Lab
, April 29, 2016

The Ipperwash Beach Walk is one of 20 Master’s thesis projects defended during the 2016 Digital Futures Graduate Exhibition at OCAD University.


City As Stage
OCAD University
, February 24, 2016

An article about City as Stage, an Independent Study conducted through the Master’s in Digital Futures (MDes) program at OCAD University. The project investigates the possibility of creating an immersive illuminated pathway around the Stratford Festival.


Toronto on film: 5 iconic scenes shot at city hall
CityTV, September 13, 2015

An article about the 50th anniversary of Toronto’s City Hall, and the many movies and television shows that have used it as a location. Features information about Beam Me Up!, a Star Trek-inspired experiential installation created for the building’s 50th anniversary.


The Trenches – S1E2: Monica Virtue
The Wired In Network, March 2, 2013

An interview with Rob McCallum on The Trenches. Topics include documentary filmmaking, Monica’s upcoming feature documentary on Ipperwash, the Idle No More movement, and more. 81 minutes.


Ontario Morning with Wei Chen
CBC Radio
, January 16, 2013

An interview with Wei Chen on CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning regarding the Ipperwash recommendations, the OPP, and the police response in Southwestern Ontario to Idle No More. (Starts at 22:05 and runs to 27:40.)


Ipperwash doc on the way
London Free Press
, August 7, 2012


Woodstock filmmaker vows ‘Sam’s story will be told’
Woodstock Sentinel-Review
, August 6, 2012


Focus on anger and no more camping misses the point and effect of Ipperwash
London Free Press Blog
, July 10, 2012


Ipperwash Park: Filmmaker raising money to finish film about Sam George’s struggle for an inquiry
Sarnia This Week
, July 4, 2012


Monica Virtue: An eye to the truth
Woodstock Sentinel-Review
, Progress, Edition, June 28, 2012


A decade in the making
Woodstock Sentinel-Review
, June 19, 2012