The Foundation was pleased to sponsor Fatty Legs in October 2018. Over 600 students were able to see two performances at no cost. Students from Georgian Bay Community School, Beaver Valley Community School, Admiral Collingwood Elementary School, Events for Life and Chippewas of Nawash Students.
Fatty Legs is based on a true story and set in Canada’s Far North. It’s the story of Olemaun Pokiak who dreams of learning to read. But when she arrives at residential school she is given the name Margaret, has her long braids cut off, and is made to wear itchy red wool socks as an example of her “unworthiness.” Treated cruelly by classmates and teachers, Margaret devises a plan to ensure the red stockings won’t cause her any more humiliation.
This show combines ethereal singing, engaging narration and contemporary indigenous dance. It is a profound yet accessible true story that brings to light the suffering created by residential schools while celebrating the deep strength of a child who refused to be broken by her experiences.
Before and after the performances the director and actors participated in a Q & A with the students. You could tell from the interaction and enthusiasm the students had be fully engaged in the production. Thank you to the Georgian Bay Club Foundation for helping to make this possible.