Playback Theatre: Voices of Social Change and Social Justice

with Red Threads of Peace Playback Theatre and Jennie Kristel of Journey Works

Wednesday October 4th, 7:30 Hotel Fort Garry.


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*Tickets available at Event Brite*

Gallery Walk, Food and Entertainment: Join us at 7:30 for entertainment in the gallery of your choice. Gallery Walk follows.

Ace Art

Karen Wallace; Joseph Naytowhow; Patrick Lewis

Karen Wallace B.A. M.Ed. BCATR is an Art Therapist, artist, Focusing Trainer, and art instructor living and working in Regina SK. Canada. She has a private practice with adults and children and specializes in trauma and life transition. Her book, There is No Need to Talk About This: Poetic Inquiry from the Art Therapy Studio is partly based on the work that she does with First Nations children who are in the foster system.

Joseph Naytowhow is a gifted Nēhiyaw (Plains/Woodland Cree ) singer/song- writer, storyteller and voice, stage and film actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. He is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original hybrid and traditional First Nations drum, flute and rattle songs. Joseph’s generosity and compassion for sharing cultural knowledge makes him a much sought-after speaker, performer and educator for children and adults alike.

Patrick Lewis is a storyteller- teacher-researcher and Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education with the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina.

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.

Gurevich Fine Art Gallery

Suzanne Rancourt Abenaki/Huron, applies neuro-cognitive methods that emphasize the strengths and resources working in your life now.  Suzanne emerges from her experiences, and formal education, transforming theories into practice. Her book, Billboard in the Clouds was the winner of the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award.  Ms. Rancourt is a veteran.  

Artist Salon with Singer/Songwriter and Poet, Suzanne Rancourt

Inspired by the earth and the environment, Veteran, poet, songwriter, and musician, Suzanne S. 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. Ms. Rancourt reads from Billboard in the Clouds, and her new work, murmurs at the gate, weaving together “the rhythms of warriors, family, and clan, with songs of the tides, wind, birds, and crops…” sprinkling her performance with stories of her own life experiences and her art making process.  “We are all Artists; we are all witnesses to something.” S. Rancourt.

Mawa Gallery

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

Urban Shaman

Performance pieces will be dedicated to Indigenous peoples in the world who resist to keep their land and beliefs for justice and peace.

Babette Santos

Coast Salish and Phillipino Indigenous Arts

Tomson Highway, Lana Whiskeyjack and Dohee Lee: An Evening of Conversation, Music and Art 7:30PM Winnipeg Art Gallery

Lana 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


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Honouring our Elders: Saturday Oct 7th 7:30PM
Hotel Fort Garry

Meeting The Elders

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

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.