Treaty Rights: Whose Rights Are They?
July 20, 2018 – 7:00 pm
(Click on poster or here for a printable PDF)
Joseph Naytowhow is a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller, and voice, stage and film actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. As a child, Joseph was influenced by his grandfather’s traditional and ceremonial chants as well as the sounds of the fiddle and guitar. Today he is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs.
An accomplished performer, Joseph is the recipient of the 2006 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award’s Keeper of the Tradition Award and he 2005 Commemorative Medal for the Saskatchewan Centennial. In 2009 Joseph also received a Gemini Award for Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series for his role in the Wapos Bay series. That same year he was also awarded Best Emerging Male Actor at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival for his role in Run: Broken Yet Brave and won Best Traditional Male Dancer at John Arcand’s Fiddlefest in Saskatchewan. He has performed for the Prince of Wales, the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and many other notables. His demanding schedule continues to take him to conferences, symposia, forums, festivals and film sets across Canada, North America and around the world.
This presentation is courtesy of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner.
Please join Hermina Joldersma and Marsha Schuld and the folks at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage on Thursday, June 28 at 7:30, at a festive reception to celebrate hand-made landscapes in fabric & fibre, and vibrant paintings of iconic prairie birds and animals, by these artists from Yellowknife, NWT and Rush Lake, SK. Both artists will be present and the public is welcome to meet and congratulate them and enjoy snacks and a cash bar and conversation.
In the Cloakroom Gallery at PWSS, Whitehorse fibre artist Hermina Joldersma presents Textured Landscapes: The Grasslands in Fabric & Fibre, an exploration of the vast prairie geography, with its intricate grasslands ecosystem below and the eloquent sky above. Focusing on the beauty of Canada’s remotest landscapes, Joldserma captures in her in intricate worked and quilted wall pieces the moments of the timeless peace we experience in these surroundings. In 2012 Hermina Joldersma retired “north” to Yellowknife and focused her life-long passion for fabric and fibre on making art quilts, costumes and art-wear. After volunteering to track Grasslands National Park black-footed ferrets in 2013 , she knew the grasslands would be a rich source of inspiration. In 2014 she returned to Val Marie for four months and began what eventually grew to be the works this exhibition comprises.
In the Museum Gallery, Marsha Schuld is showing Revery: Paintings, small acrylic canvases of indigenous birds and animals, exploring the prairie as a region of secrets waiting to be discovered. “These individual portraits of the creatures of the prairie are my way of highlighting their importance and value – elevating them to icons, or objects worthy of veneration and worship,” says Schuld. “There is so much here that is unique and irreplaceable.” Marsha Schuld is a multi-media artist who works out of her studio in rural Saskatchewan. While her mediums change with her projects, her production has always examined prairie life in one way or another, looking closely at the people, the flora and fauna, or the landscape as a whole.
PWSS is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until August 31, and then weekends until mid-September. The exhibitions continue throughout this summer season.
On Thursday June 14, Susan Howard’s informative and inspiring presentation at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage captivated the crowd with her humour and honesty.
Public walks are welcome at Mary’s Labryinth at The Crossing at Grasslands on Thursday to Saturday afternoons 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm year round. Just call ahead at 306-298-7373.
(Photos of the presentation: Reighanne Graves)
Building Mary’s Labyrinth
A Presentation by Susan Howard
7:00 pm, Thursday, June 14, 2018
Little Brick Schoolhouse, Val Marie
A labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures with a single path that moves in a circular fashion into the centre and out again. It is used as a walking meditation or spiritual practice. When Susan Howard moved to Val Marie in 2015, with her husband Neil Ward as new owners of The Crossing at Grasslands, she brought along a love of labyrinths and many years of leading labyrinth walks for meditation and prayer. For Susan, a labyrinth is a place of homecoming, peace, and healing that she wanted to share with her new community, honouring the land and all who have lived here.
In June 2017, Mary’s Labyrinth was built by volunteers at The Crossing at Grasslands as the first Canadian labyrinth in a growing international network, called the Legacy Labyrinth Project, dedicated to the peace and healing of all who walk. Built out of local rock originally planted by glaciers then cleared by hand from Homestead fields a century ago, Mary’s Labyrinth, named after Susan’s mother, is an 85′ diameter circular path on the edge of Grasslands National Park.
One year after the labyrinth was completed, on Thursday, June 14 at 7:00 pm, please join Susan Howard at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage as she presents the story of the building of Mary’s Labyrinth. Everyone is welcome, admission is free of charge and refreshments will be available.
Mary’s Labyrinth is open for walking in the afternoon year round, Thursdays to Sundays, by appointment at 1-306-298-7373 or email@example.com or http://thecrossingatgrasslands.com. A celebration and community dedication is being held at The Crossing at Grasslands on June 21st at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.
What stories does your family have to tell? Are you interested in learning about the art of the oral history interview and how to document traditions in your family and community?
Join Kristin Catherwood, Intangible Cultural Heritage Officer with Heritage Saskatchewan, at the Village of Val Marie office on Tuesday May 15, 9:3o to 4:30 pm (with a break at noon), to find out how to collect and record oral history and oral traditions and how to use the information you’ve collected in projects. For a printable PDF of the workshop poster click HERE.
In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of Intangible Cultural Heritage, how to conduct an oral history interview, proper recording techniques, and what to do with the information once you’ve collected it, including how to use it in projects.
The workshop is free for participants to attend and pre-registration is required. You can register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 306-869-7353.
Kristin Catherwood is leading the Val Marie Elevator Living Heritage Project and introduced the project at Prairie Wind & Silver Sage’s Annual General Meeting in March. For more about the Elevator project click HERE.