ArtHives “Reconciliation – What Does It Mean To You?” Art Exhibit

WHEAT Institute is hosting ArtHives travelling community art exhibit on Truth & Reconciliation

Friday September 29th, 5 PM – 9 PM and Saturday September 30th, 5 PM – 10 PM at WHEAT’s studio space at 580 – 70 Arthur Street

For more information on this exhibit, click HERE

We will have art supplies available on site so you can create your piece of art for inclusion in the exhibit or you are welcome to drop off art any time the exhibit is open. We invite all interested participants to consult the Calls to Action developed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to inspire your creative process. Artwork should be created on lightweight supports (such as paper and un-mounted fabric) as it will be mailed. Artwork on heavier supports and sculptures may be accepted locally, but will not travel to the subsequent locations. Photos of artwork and digital submissions are also accepted.

Free to attend, no ticket required.

Theatre of the Imagination: Transformation, Social Justice & Social Change 

Featuring the Kathara Indigenous Pilipino Arts Collective and Butterflies in Spirit,  Red Threads of Peace Playback Theatre and Jennie Kristel of Journey Works. United in their concern for women and their drive to get the stories of MMIW and sexual abuse out in the open, their performances are meant to inspire healing and focus our attention on these crucial issues.

Wednesday October 4th, 7:30 PM at the Hotel Fort Garry  (tickets $20 each)

   Dance, song, Playback theatre, and the IEATA Open Mic.

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Global Voices: Sacred Stories

Gallery Walk, Food and Entertainment

Thursday October 5th, 7:30 PM  (tickets $30 each)

Join us for entertainment in one of the five participating galleries of your choice in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. Gallery Walk follows.


Aceartinc (2-290 McDermot Avenue)

Performance by Karen Wallace, Joseph Naytowhow, and Patrick Lewis

Pimosayta (Learning to Walk Together)

This is a performative piece which braids three narratives; the general story of the “average Canadian” understanding of the residential schools and their legacy; the personal story of a residential school survivor; and the reverberations of trauma across generations as lived in the art therapy studio. The three presenters weave their stories together with a backdrop of images that augment the narrative demonstrating how the arts not only engage but foster knowledge production, empathy and a call to action.

The Edge Gallery & Urban Art Centre (210-611 Main Street)

Artist Salon with Suzanne Rancourt a.k.a. Suzy Blue Flame

Inspired by the earth and the environment, Veteran, poet, songwriter, and musician, Ms. Rancourt draws from her military experience, her formal education, and the Native American traditions that are a constant guide for her to create an open and relaxed evening of sharing original music, poetry, and her creative process. “We are all Artists,” Ms. Rancourt notes, “We are all witnesses to something.”

MAWA – Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (611 Main Street)

Performance by Dohee Lee

Dohee Lee is an Oakland-based, ritual performance artist who fuses traditional Korean and contemporary art. Her works explore engagement of all kinds: physical, emotional, mental, social, economic, political, geographic, and spiritual. Her intention is to enhance the connection between beings, nature, ancestors, and spirits, and create an empathetic response.


Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art (203-290 McDermot Avenue)

Performance by Kathara Philipino Indigenous Arts Collective and Butterflies in Spirit

All  the way from the West Coast, Kathara Philipino Indigenous Arts Collective and Coast Salish company Butterflies in Spirit will be performing at Urban Shaman as part of our gala conference welcome. Philipino and Indigenous music, dance, and contemporary art approaches include neo-ethnic dance, hip hop with traditional Indigenous instruments, and storytelling. Program combines Indigenous ceremony and rituals of First Nations, and Philippine traditions.

Floe Edge: Contemporary Art and Collaborations from Nunavut

Showing at Urban Shaman until October 14, 2017


WHEAT Studio Space (580-70 Arthur Street)

Readings by Carol Kioscielny of Settler Reconciliation and Duncan Mercredi, Poet

ArtHives travelling community art exhibit on Truth & Reconciliation.

Documentary film and photography exhibit by Olesya Bonadareva 

Guru Art: The Last Dervish of Kazakhstan

Every spiritual tradition has its own history, canons, and means of artistic expression. Such mystical arts are commonly created by shamans, healers, monks and other religious leaders. Mystical arts are the combination of visual arts, performance, ritual and even healing therapy. Torn out of their environments and placed in museums, sacred objects often lose their meanings and their potential to influence people’s perception. Instead, the art turns into traces, relics of echoes of what they really art.

Olesya Bondareva, a documentary film maker and a psychotherapist, creates exhibitions where this problem is addressed head-on, placing esoteric art objects alongside photo and video materials portraying significant moments of a religious or healing tradition to which it belongs. She captures the personal experience of the mystical tradition. Part of the Guru-Art series, “Last Dervish of Kazakhstan” exhibition presents the spiritual and healing traditions of Kazakhstan. The focus of the exhibition is Bifatima Daleutiva, a renowned in Kazakhstan Sufi master and shaman. The main art objects of the exhibitions are so-called “dervish maps,” sacred drawings made by Bifatima. Olesya spent many months with Bifatima, sharing in their lives and assisting her in ritual and other activities; the use of art as a healing tool. Her personal experience of living with the creators of mystical art, the masters of the tradition, result in an insider’s point of view, a recording of personal immersion into the tradition.

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TOMSON HIGHWAY and Friends: An Evening of Conversation, Music and Art

With Lana Whiskeyjack and Dohee Lee, featuring a live painting by Nereo II which will be auctioned off.  The gallery will be open prior to the event.  Local artists will be present, featuring their artwork for purchase.  Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Friday October 6th, 7:30 PM at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, doors open at 6:30 PM (tickets $35 each)

Thompson HighwayLana Whiskeyjack is a multidisciplinary treaty iskwew artist from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Treaty Six Territory, Alberta. Among her early influences were her mother’s creative skills in traditional arts and her grandmother’s gifts in quilting and song. Lana studied visual arts focusing on ceramic sculpture at Red Deer College, and University of Alberta; and environmental sculpture at Pont Aven School of Arts, France. Lana followed the love of her life to Ottawa where she surrendered to academic studies, completing a B.A, and M.A. degree at Carleton University. She is currently reprogramming her brain and filling her spirit by completing her PhD, combining both academic and artistic skills at the University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills (unBQ), a former Indian Residential School where both her mother and grandmother attended. Her research, writing and art expresses the great beauty and intergenerational resilience of being a human of this earth “ayisîyiniw ôta asiskiy

Dohee Lee is a highly regarded performance artist, dancer and musician whose interdisciplinary works embrace ritual, healing and social issues. She serves on the faculty of Tamalpa Institute, artist director of Puri Arts and has received many honors. See


This event will also include admission to the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s newest exhibition Insurgence/Resurgence, which brings together 29 emerging-to-established Indigenous artists who are pushing boundaries with their work. This is the WAG’s largest-ever exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art. Learn more about this exhibit HERE.

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Honouring our local Elders and Forerunners in Expressive Arts Therapy. Listen and experience the Elders’ teachings on Reconciliation and Healing in the global contexts.  Celebrate in high spirits with Casimiro Nhussi and Jay Stroller in a Community Drum Jam – 300 drums!  It’s a one-of-a-kind evening of words, art and wisdom!

Saturday October 7th, 7:30 PM at the Hotel Fort Garry  (tickets $20 each)

  • Elder Dave Courchene
  • Elder Harry Bone
  • Elder Myra Laramee
  • Elder (MC) Brian McLeod
  • Elder Levinia Brown
  • Elder Mae Louise Campbell
  • Anin Utigaard

Expressive Arts Pioneers:

  • Daria Halprin
  • Sally Atkins
  • Maria Gonzales-Blue
  • Kate Donohue
  • D’arcy Bruning-Haid
  • Darlene Tataryn
  • Natalie Rogers
  • Stephen Levine
  • Ellen Levine
  • Paolo Knill
  • Phil Spiser
  • Jack Weller

Honouring Our Elders

What Does It Mean to be an Elder

MC Brian McLeod

It is important to acknowledge that the understanding of the term Elder varies among the many cultural groups of the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people in Winnipeg. Elders have gathered wide diversities of knowledge from spiritual, social, economic, and political experiences. Typically, many Elders are known as trusted individuals who have been recognized by the community as those who walk a spiritual path dedicated to the well-being, survival, and healing of people. The the well-being, survival, and healing of the people is always connected with the land, environment, and all life upon Mother Earth who are known as the human family’s relatives.

Today, another category of Elder is one with experience and knowledge who is willing to share his or her gifts in a good way to help people learn, heal, and prosper. Wisdom Keepers, Old Ones, Grannies, Grandpas, Cultural Advisors, Senators and words used within Aboriginal languages are often confused with the notion that they are synonymous with the term Elder. While terms like Wisdom Keepers, Cultural Advisors, etc, may actually refer to a person who is recognized as an Elder, it may also mean a person who on the path of being recognized as an Elder.

To a large degree how to approach an Elder is defined by each individual Indigenous nation. Asking an Elder for guidance needs to be honoured in a respectful way sometimes referred to as proper protocol. Respect and honour is not about putting an Elder upon a pedestal, it is about life, balance, and respect for those involved in the passing of sacred medicine which is usually tobacco. Sacred medicine is not limited to the passing of tobacco; it is also spiritual connection, sacred teachings, relationship building, and letting go of the need to control situations.

-Brian McLeod, Strong Heart Consultations,

Atonement & Forgiveness in the Reconciliation Process

D’Arcy Bruning-Haid has been in private practice as a body psychotherapist for over 25 years. She is a healer, a writer, a facilitator, a parent and a midwife to the soul. She is the creator of Nourishing the Soul Series incorporating and weaving body psychotherapy, movement, dance, psychodrama, art, Tantra sexuality and dream exploration into her sessions with individuals, couples and groups.  Her passion and love is to bring large groups together in community to celebrate our deepest connection to each other and our spirit as we create and birth new possibilities from within. D’Arcy received her Masters in Counselling Psychology with a specialty in expressive therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has trained and travelled all over the world to different cultures to discover what transforms and heals us at the deepest levels.  Discover her web site at

Community Drum Jam – 9:45 PM

Casimiro Nhussi Born in Mozambique, Africa, Casimiro has been a dance professional since 1982. He is the Artistic Director and founder of Winnipeg’s only African contemporary dance company, NAfro Dance Productions. Casimiro is a professional dancer, choreographer, dance instructor and musician. Between 1982 to 1997, he was the Artistic Director of the Mozambique National Song and Dance Company. Prior to this, he attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance School in New York. As a drummer and singer, Casimiro has performed with several African Jazz bands. He is also a composer whose music has been played on Radio Mozambique and CBC Radio in Winnipeg. In 2005, he was commissioned by the National Film Board to compose music for the animated short “Mind Me Good Now”. Casimiro has performed and taught dance classes in 28 countries and he has been part of AIS with Jay Stoller for nine years.

Jay Stoller is an African drumming specialist. He holds a B.Ed as well as a Diploma in African Music from the University of Ghana. Living and studying drumming in Ghana for almost four years has given him a deep understanding of African music and culture that he has been sharing with students in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario over the past nine years. He currently performs with African percussion group Bafana, the Ghanaian cultural dancers, and is also the musical director and lead drummer for NAfro Dance. Jay teaches adult group classes, and operates a corporate team-building franchise and an importing business.

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