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National Indigenous History Month

We’ve partnered with the City of Regina’s Aboriginal City Employees Network to host a variety of Indigenous activities online from June 1 to 30, to celebrate First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

This series of online programs honours the rich heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievement of Indigenous peoples.

Our hope is that these offerings will create opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect, experience and learn about Indigenous culture, traditions and art, in an online environment.

Book Talks

We're honoured to provide two book talks that celebrates the diverse stories by Indigenous voices from two well-known Indigenous Canadian authors:

  • Tanya Talaga is a visionary for Canada’s reconciliation journey, with many awards and recognitions to her name.  She is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers, with messages of truth, hope, and Indigenous inclusion in Canada.
  • Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His latest novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, is a daring post-apocalyptic novel. Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

Online Programs

Experience Indigenous storytelling, humour and tattooing:

  • Indigenous Comedy Puppet Show: DerRic Starlight is a comedian-puppeteer who can do 1000s of voices. He will perform with a few of his favourite puppets.
  • Indigenous Family Storytelling: Join us to hear First Nation's stories with Indigenous storyteller, Rhonda Donais.
  • Traditional Indigenous Tattooing: Join Stacey Fayant to watch live Indigenous tattooing and learn about the revitalization of Indigenous tattooing on Turtle Island.

Videos

Available now:

  • Knowledge Keepers: Sharing Stories from the Métis Community: an oral history project honouring Métis families of Indian Head and the Qu’Appelle Valley. We're grateful to the Indian Head Museum for allowing us access to view this film. 
  • Making bannock with the Sioux Chef: See the Sioux Chef in action making traditional oven bannock. He'll also share a few tips on how to give a boost to your baked bannock. 
    • Bannock-making recipe and demonstration: 0:00-6:15
    • Interview with Chef Dickie Yuzicapi: 6:15-15:04
  • Tipi raising and sharing traditional tipi teachings: Learn about the teachings and values related to the tipi poles; for caring for ourselves, and living in balance. View this video to learn about construction, placement, and traditional teachings associated with the tipi.

2020 is the Year of the Métis

Celebrate and learn more about the Métis people, their stories, dance, music, and art, by attending this special series of online programs:

  • kii koonteur: Métis Storytellers from the Qu’Appelle ValleyMétis Elders, Irma Klyne and Calvin Racette, will share their stories of their families, culture, history, and discuss the film, Knowledge Keepers.  A film about honouring Métis families of Indian Head and the Qu'Appelle Valley. 
  • Métis Jigging with Scott Duffee: Learn the basics of Métis jigging, including some history, instruction, and contemporary expression with prize-winning jigging instructor Scott Duffee.
  • Métis Fiddle Tunes: Learn stories behind songs that capture the history and spirit of Canadian Métis Fiddle. Tahnis Cunningham and Ray Bell has a collection of Métis Old Time fiddle tunes which she weaves together with little stories.
  • Traditional Teachings in Art by Métis Artist, Leah Dorion: Leah will provide a digital presentation on her artwork, and how she uses traditional teachings and symbolism in her artwork.

National Indigenous History Month Window Display

Download the NIHM colouring page, colour it, and then display your finished art on your front window to show your support for National Indigenous Peoples Month

Follow the links above for details on these NIHM offerings, and visit our Reconciliation page for more resources. 

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