The Big 3: The best, most interesting ways to get involved in your community this week

How TV affects our perception of black people, art benefits First Nations and tracking Toronto's lost rivers


1. ART BENEFITS FIRST NATIONS

Dianne Patychuk‘s vivid paintings pay tribute to indigenous people’s experience – and so does her art practice. At a reception on Saturday (February 13), from 2 to 4 pm, proceeds from the sale of works in her We Are All Treaty People exhibition, inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, go to Neskantaga and Pikangikum First Nations safe water and playground projects.

See the show and make your purchase at the Ben Navaee Gallery (1107 Queen East). bennavaeegallery.com.

2. TALK SPOTLIGHTS BLACK CULTURE ON TV

New Ontario Black History Society president and author Nikki Clarke examines television dramas and sitcoms with black characters and how their roles have affected our perception of black culture, in a talk at North York Central Library on Wednesday (February 17), 7:30 to 9:30 pm, co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society. Free. 5120 Yonge. 

3. TRACKING LOST RIVERS BENEATH OUR FEET

Lost Rivers Walks explores High Park for clues about when a large part of it was in Lake Ontario during severe storms, guided by Ian Wheal on Saturday (February 13) at 1:30 pm. Free. Meet at Queensway and Windermere. The group, which is compiling a field book on the lost streams of Toronto, is looking for guides to lead other walks. Interested? Check lostrivers.ca for more info.

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