Canada’s sesquicentennial is a starting point. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the important work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and its 94 Calls to Action, to help ensure that Indigenous peoples are genuinely inspired to recognize positive change in Canada over the next 150 years.
Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond brings together Buffalo People Arts Institute, Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre, Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers’ Circle Inc., SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Arts Board to work on creating long-term partnerships that focus on the resilience of Indigenous peoples, cultures and languages, opportunities for partnership and growth, and supporting positive changes needed in communities and cultural organizations in this province.
As partners we are contributing to an ongoing journey - one that engages the spirit and strength of those working toward a new era.
Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond includes:
Buffalo People Arts Institute - Buffalo Dancers Stampede/Parade Procession
Buffalo People Arts Institute, in partnership with New Dance Horizons and Indigenous performers, will host a series of workshops to create, design and develop buffalo head costume pieces and choreography. The project will culminate at the Queen City Exhibition Parade in Regina on August 1, 2017 with a buffalo dance parade procession to honour the spirit of the buffalo.
Gabriel Dumont Institute – Li Michif nitooni katawashishin: Michif is a Beautiful Language
The Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) will host a Michif storytelling and language gathering in Saskatoon, where 15-20 Michif speakers will exchange stories and cultural knowledge to preserve Michif, bank the language for future generations, and provide the groundwork for the development of additional Michif learning resources. The proceedings and all allied work will be video-recorded and will be uploaded to the Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture, GDI’s archival and cultural website.
Saskatchewan Indigenous Culture Centre – Indigenous Language Workshops for Youth
The Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre (SICC), through the guidance of the Elders and community knowledge keepers, will conduct or partner in delivering language and/or culture workshops in Lakota, Dakota, Dene, Cree, Nakoda and Saulteaux that target the youth population through various activities to preserve and protect First Nations languages and cultures, and encourage knowledge and practice of First Nations languages.
Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writing Circle Inc. – Canada 150/2017 Ânskohk Festival
The Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writing Circle Inc. (SAWCI) will host a special “Canada 150” 2017 Ânskohk Festival to showcase the vitality of Indigenous languages in the literary arts with events across the province. SAWCI will also develop, host, and support Indigenous Writers’ Circles in communities outside of Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan Arts Board - LIVE Arts Canada 150
LIVE Arts Saskatchewan, a dynamic distance education program for students from grades 1 to 9, supported through the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, will be broadcast nationally in 2017. A series of live presentations focused on resilience, respect and reconciliation, featuring Saskatchewan Indigenous artists paired with artists from other regions, will be nationally broadcast to classrooms across the country. Teachers and students can participate in hands-on arts experiences through these interactive broadcasts with just one click.
In early 2018, SaskCulture is hosting two gatherings - one in Saskatoon and one in Regina - that will bring together all of the project partners to review and discuss the project, its respective activities and its outcomes. This final event for Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond is not the end of the partnership or its work. Instead, it marks the next step in the journey the partners are undertaking together toward a more meaningful, respectful and rewarding relationship.