Program

The preliminary schedule for each day of the conference is listed below.  There will be continual updates of workshops, presenters and ceremonies.  Please continue to refer to the conference website for updates.
Schedule subject to change without notice.

Decolonizing Workshop

Armand Volkas

Wednesday, September 27th – Sunday, October 1st, 2017

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Pre-Conference Wednesday and Thursday October 4th-5th

Kate Donohue: 2 X 1 day Workshops

The Rhythms and Symbols of Indigenous Arts of Ghana: The Roots of Expressive Arts Therapy Ghana offers an incredible array of indigenous visual arts, storytelling, music, dance and drama. Ghana offers a rich glimpse into the soul of Expressive Arts Therapy (EXAT), the use of all the arts for healing, community building and spirituality. Kate will delve into this experience, as well as the theory and application of EXAT through a Jungian lens. She will also introduce you to the Cross-Cultural Collaborative house (Aba House) where she conducted the workshop and will share participants volunteer work using their expressive arts expertise with the Aba’s “Free Range children”. Participants fell in love with these children. During this workshop, we will expe-rience the dance, drumming and Adinkra arts of the Ghanaian indigenous arts with well-loved Winnipeg legends Casimiro Nhussi and Jay Stoller who have put African drumming and dance on the map with their joyful, spirit-filled and contagious expressions of love of life through drumming and dance.Casimiro Nhussi and Jay Stoller began working together in 1998 .Although coming from different parts of the world, they soon found a mutual interest in African music and dance.

They co-founded the African Ensemble Bafana and have staged numerous performances and workshops across Canada. Jay holds a BPE, B.Ed and a Diploma in African Music from the University of Ghana, where he studied music for four years. Casimiro was the Artistic Director of the Mozambique National Dance Company for six years and currently leads Winnipeg’s NAfro Dance Productions.

India offers an incredible array of indigenous visual arts, poetry, music, dance & drama. India offers a rich glimpse into the soul of Expressive Arts Therapy (EXAT), the use of all the arts for healing, community building & spirituality Kate will introduce participants to the experience, theory & application of EXAT through a Jungian lens.Kate will introduce you to Kattaikkuttu Sangam, a social mission driven performing arts organization that uses the integration of liberal education and the performing arts to promote and contemporize Kattaikkuttu and ensure sustainable careers for its professional performers. It combines Kattaikkuttu’s traditional artistic knowledge and communicative power with sophisticated craftsmanship and perfection in order to address multiple audiences: rural, urban, national and global.

In our workshop, we experience the key sense of self, the Mandala, community visual arts of rangoli. Nandita will help us enter the world of music and storytelling. Nandita Selvanathan offers poetry influenced by mystic – philosophers of India and transformative folk and mythological stories. She is classically trained in Varanasi and plays ragas of sublime beauty. Her presentaions have the power to uplift and rebalance your soul, heart, mind and body. Nandita will bring the mythological stories from India which are universal in nature. These age old and traditional stories will be mixed with music and Sanskrit chants, giving you a unique blend of experience.

Armand Volkas: 2 Day Workshop

The facilitator will apply his Healing the Wounds of History approach—action methods using drama and expressive arts for containment, exploration and healing, from the collective and historical to the individual level, to address the memories, emotions, “ghosts” and soul wounds of our past.

Healing the Wounds of History is a creative and therapeutic process in which experiential techniques are used to work with people who share a common legacy of generational, historical, ancestral or collective trauma. Founded in 1989 by Armand Volkas, Healing the Wounds of History has worked with multiple individual cultures carrying collective trauma. In addition, Armand has brought together descendants of Jewish Holocaust survivors and Nazis, Palestinians and Israelis, Japanese, Chinese, Koreans on their legacies of WWII, Armenians and Turks, Turks and Kurds, Tamil and Singhalese, Kosovar Albanians and Serbs and other polarized groups to transform the pain of shared historical legacies into constructive action.

In two all-day sessions, the facilitator will use techniques culled from drama therapy, psychodrama, sociodrama, Playback Theatre and expressive arts therapy to help conference participants integrate and metabolize the feelings, images and dreams that are stimulated by the question, “Whose story are you carrying?” Participants will share in the, often profound, experience of hearing each other’s stories and bringing them to life—the goal being to create community, connection and the opportunity to heal collective trauma by honoring the dignity, drama, and universality in our stories. No previous theatre experience is necessary. Shy people are welcome.

Leah Fontaine: 2 Day Workshop

Spirit Mending, will provide participants a new lens and perspective on the historical trauma that has affected the lives of all Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore how historical trauma theory and the Indigenous ethos can be viewed together to better understand, interpret and appreciate Indigenous art. Through their individual art-making, participants will experience restorative impacts and explore potential applications in their work and communities.

Victoria McIntosh: 2 Day Workshop

The Annishinaabe People were the creators of visual and symbolic art – the silent language. It was an approach to sharing the teaching, the stories and legends, the dreams, and most of all, the visions that were given to the “Sham ah” (Annishinaabe word meaning to feed). The Artists had a special place as healers, because the creations of symbolism and the artwork itself represented a response to the surroundings of nature, which had a spiritual purpose. The Artists were the closes to that realm of the spirit world, as time meant nothing while the process of creating was happening. Join Victoria McIntosh in this exploration of the silent language.

(Day One) Lower Fort Garry and The Signing of Treaty 1: 1 Day Workshop
Explore Western Canada’s history from an Indigenous perspective surrounding the making of Treaty No. 1. In 1871, Representatives of the Crown, Anishinaabe, and Muskegon Cree Peoples made a commitment to each other establishing the first of the Numbered Treaties in Western Canada. Insight into this ongoing relationship will be explored through activities that deepen the appreciation of the Indigenous spiritual, ceremonial, and oral traditions that influenced Treaty-making. The day will include a Pipe Ceremony and tours of Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site.
(Day Two) The Turtle Lodge: Giigewigamig Traditional Healing Centre: 1 Day workshop

Friday October 6: Education, Transformation and Social Change

AM Speaker: Elder Dave Courchene
Indigenous Drumming

Saturday October 7th: Healing, Transformation and Social Justice

AM Speaker: Jade Harper
PM Speaker: Fyre Jean Graveline
The Healing Arts, imbedded in Indigenous spiritual life since time immemorial, can contribute to us becoming fully human, by returning people to a state of balance, and peace within ourselves, our families and communities, and within our shared world. heARTs for eARTh is an evolving, holistic model of healing that actively supports multi-layered engagement in peaceful struggles for Transformation, Social Justice, and Social Change. heARTs for eARTh can free us to use the power of our creativity in ways that reconnect us spiritually with Ancestral and Elemental Energies, respond directly and compassionately to the pain of All Our Relations, re-kindle our Interdependence, and recognize Resiliency for and with our Mother Earth, who sustains us all. Through poetic use of metaphor, spiritual teachings, and multiple original images, an organic, fragmented, yet whole picture, will offer many directions, many pathways, for one shared Healing Journey.

Sunday, October 8th: Closing Presentation and Ceremony

AM Speaker: Niigaanwewidam Sinclair
Storying the Revolution: Anishinaabeg Arts and Re-Creating the World

The Anishinaabe (also known as the Ojibway, Chippewa, Saulteaux, and Bungi), among many descriptors, are the “spontaneous people.” No where is this better seen then in artistic practice, with critical and creative traditions that date back millennia and have always sought to create expansive, principled, and ethical expressions of life. In this brief foray through history and space, join critical and cultural theorist Niigaan Sinclair on a trip through Anishinaabeg oral, written, and enacted traditions to see how the Anishinaabeg are – and remain – contemporary, political, and intellectual spontaneous people.

African Drumming: Casimiro Nhusi and Jay Stoller

Join us in the creation of a community mandala throughout the conference week.

The 6,000 year old Mandala process emerges with geometry and grace.  It is the dreamers’ search for completeness and connection. Let us bring our harmony and love to this universal piece to create our intention for healing and moving forward. This is a call to action to make your mark on the community mandala.  It will be a 12’x12’ gesso-ed canvas. Paints and materials will be supplied however you may want to make your own personal mark and bring something special to add to this inspired representation of IEATA Conference 2017.

Following the sage guidance of Judith Cornell in Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing p. 2

We will create a mandala:

  • to focus and open the heart to the healing power of unconditional love
  • because it has a calming and relaxing effect on mind and body
  • to bring joy
  • to make the invisible visible
  • to reveal unity between human existence and the cosmos
  • to give form and and expression to an intuitive insight into spiritual truth