Indigenous Storytelling at RPL
Come gather around and let’s listen to stories!
The winter season is a storytelling time for First Nations and Métis peoples, when traditional knowledge and lived experiences are shared and passed on from generation to generation through oral traditions.
Saskatchewan has once again proclaimed February as Aboriginal Storytelling Month.
Since 2003, Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples Inc. has overseen this celebration of First Nations and Métis oral traditions, promoting in-person and online storytelling events throughout the province.
During this month-long celebration, Indigenous storytellers are sharing their culture, traditional teachings, history, language, and personal stories to classrooms and the public — creating opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to listen to and learn from our stories.
RPL is honoured to hold space for these stories to be heard, online and out in our community. Come out and listen to the stories by these amazingly gifted Indigenous storytellers. Hope to see you there!
Online Storytelling for students
We’ve partnered with Regina Public Schools and Regina Catholic Schools to host 40 online Indigenous storytelling sessions for students this month.
Reconciliation through Conversation with John Lagimodiere
Wednesday February 16 | 7:00pm | Online via Zoom
John Lagimodiere will discuss Indigenous history and culture in Canada, for newcomers or anyone wishing to further their understanding of Canadian and Indigenous history.
Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and Saskatoon’s Living in Harmony Award, John Lagimodiere is a dedicated community builder and role model. President of ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services and the Editor/Publisher of Eagle Feather News, Lagimodiere is also the recipient of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Award for Aboriginal Business.
John’s enthralling performance as host of the award-winning national show, As If, on CBC Radio serves as another reason why he is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, master of ceremonies, and facilitator.
Indigenous torytelling sessions for adults and families, in partnership with FROST Regina, in a heated tent City Square Plaza. Dates and times may be subject to change.
Friday, February 4 | 6:45-7:15 and 7:30-8:00pm
Storyteller: Brad Bellegarde
CBC Future 40 Award Winner and Neechie Gear Role Model, Brad Bellegarde, aka InfoRed, has been a featured artist at events such as Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg, Manitoba, APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live and Vancouver’s Olympic Games celebrations. Brad is a proud Nakota/Cree member of the Little Black Bear First Nation who calls Regina, SK home. A true believer that education is the new Buffalo, his work in schools gave him a unique opportunity to present his methods of education at the VIII International Conference of Intercultural Education in Indigenous Contexts in Temuco, Chile. In 2012, InfoRed performed for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their Royal visit.
Saturday February 5 | 1:00-1:30pm
Storyteller: Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway
Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway is an inter-disciplinary artist whose main source of inspiration is Tatanga aka Buffalo. She is a fashion and textile designer, visual artist, beader, storyteller and co-founder of the Buffalo People Arts Institute. She comes from a long line of Buffalo hunters and is Nakota/Cree/Saulteaux from the White Bear First Nations - signatory to Treaty 4.
She has degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and Mathematics from the First Nations University of Canada. She loves to incorporate mathematics and geometry in her artwork and is inspired by the perfect symmetry in nature. Her mantra envelopes everything Buffalo as it connects her to ancestral memories, the land and is the manifestational glue that keeps her world together.
Sunday February 6 | 1:00-1:30pm
Storyteller: Rhonda Donais
Currently, Rhonda Donais works for the Regina Public School Board as a community coordinator. She also works through the YWCA in a safe house for children. She has been a performer and storyteller for over 20 years. She has participated in children’s festivals, exhibitions and fairs. At the age of twelve, Rhonda realized that she wanted to be an entertainer like Fred Penner and Mr. Dressup. She loves to dress up and transform into her clown character “Tulip”.
Although she enjoys telling silly and scary stories, her favorite stories are the First Nations animal legends and Algonquian songs she teaches. Rhonda likes to incorporate magic tricks and drum playing into her storytelling. She is very passionate about her art. Rhonda lives in Regina and is a member of Ocean Man First. Nation.
Thursday February 10 | 6:45-7:15 and 7:30-8:00pm
Storyteller: Dickie Yuzicapi
As many Indigenous people are today, Dickie Yuzicapi comes from a culturally diverse heritage. His heritage represents the majority of the Plains cultures found in Saskatchewan to this day: Ojibway, Cree, Métis, and Dakota.
Dickie is unique in that he was raised by his great grandparents who never went to residential school. They raised him pre-reservation style until it was his turn to go to residential school. Dickie is a residential school survivor, and a multigenerational trauma survivor. He is a master storyteller and experienced speaker who can provide his own ancestral context and historical connections in ways that bring the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations to practical reality.
His workshops are led with great care to his family’s stories and to where workshop participants are at in the T & R process. It is about creating understanding with care to lay the groundwork for what needs to be done to heal. Dickie is experienced in leading workshops, speaking to groups of all sizes, and keynote addresses. Dickie is also a traditional Pow wow dancer and singer, an artist, a storyteller, a Red Seal Chef, and the owner of Sioux Chef Catering.
Friday February 11 | 6:45-7:15 and 7:30-8:00pm
Storyteller: Calvin Racette
Calvin Racette is a retired teacher. He has had a wide range of experiences in Indigenous education. He has several publications in Métis history and is seen as a local historian.
Calvin serves on many committees and boards as a representative of the Métis community. He adds his voice to other Indigenous voices that are telling their stories to a larger audience.
Born and raised in Indian Head, Calvin recognizes the Métis people of the Qu’Appelle Valley as his community. His story is a reflection of their lives and speaks to a rich history that has many layers of cultural significance. He has four children and nine grandchildren.
Find more Indigenous content, and resources on our Reconciliation page.