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Think Indigenous Presents - Celebrating Indigenous Arts Pre-Conference

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Think Indigenous Presents “Celebrating Indigenous Arts” Pre-Conference

Host - Mika Lafond, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Treaty Six Territory

8:30AM - 9:00AM - Registration & Opening Comments

9:00AM 10:15AM - Opening Keynote, Ryan McMahon

Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe/Metis comedian, writer & actor based out of Treaty #1 Territory (Winnipeg, MB). Armed with a degree in Theatre & as a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto), Ryan’s storytelling comedy style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.

10:15AM - 10:45AM - Break

10:45AM - 12:00PM - Workshop Session 1 - Joi t. Arcand

Joi T. Arcand is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Treaty 6 Territory, currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Recent solo exhibitions include Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB); ODD Gallery (Dawson City, Yukon); Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon); Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatoon); Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina); Gallery 101 (Ottawa). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Karsh-Masson Art Gallery (Ottawa); McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, ON); The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (Asheville, North Carolina); Woodland School at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art (Montreal); Ottawa Art Gallery; PAVED Arts (Saskatoon); and grunt gallery (Vancouver). Arcand has been artist in residence at Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatoon); OCAD University; Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art; the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; and Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (Dawson City, Yukon). She has served as chair of the board of directors for PAVED Arts in Saskatoon and was the co-founder of the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary aboriginal art gallery in Saskatoon. She was founder and editor of the Indigenous art magazine, kimiwan (2012-2014), and most recently curated Language of Puncture at Gallery 101 (Ottawa).

12:00PM - 1:00PM - Lunch

1:00PN - 2:15PM - Workshop Session 2 - Brad Bellegarde

Brad Bellegarde aka InfoRed has rocked the microphone across Turtle Island and has been a featured artist at events such as Aboriginal Music Week in 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. When he isn’t manifesting rhymes on stage, Brad holds his head high walking the hallways of First Nations University of Canada as a Journalism student. A true believer that education is the new buffalo, Brad frequently speaks to youth in their communities facilitating workshops on First Nations Culture and the art of storytelling using his gift of rap to relay the message. 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. An active member in the community, Brad has been the Vice President of Communications and President on the First Nations University of Canada’s Regina campus Students’ Association from 2011-2014 and has also been a Student Ambassador since 2012. Being a student and a performer provided Brad with the opportunity to perform for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their Royal visit to First Nations University of Canada in 2012. In addition to being a full-time student, Brad continues to find time to speak to youth organizations, schools and class rooms to encourage and engage the students in dialogue about higher education, re-learning their culture and abstinence of drugs and alcohol.

2:15PM - 2:45PM - Break

2:45PM - 4:00PM - Workshop Session 3 - Wakeah Jhane

Wakeah Jhane is a self taught ledger artist from the Penatuka (honey eater) and Yaparucah (root eater) bands of Comanche and is also Blackfeet and Kiowa. The late Wakeah Hoaway (1914-2010) of her maternal family gifted her name to her prior to birth in their traditional Comanche way, meaning "woman who finds lost things".

Being brought up in the Native art world by mother, Jhane Myers. Wakeah Jhane was always fascinated with many art forms, one of them being ledger art. As she attended many art shows she would go booth to booth visiting with different ledger artists admiring the uniqueness of their work. As Wakeah grew older, her passion for ledger art only grew stronger as well as her friendships with the artists. Soon the ledger artists she visited with became her mentors and friends who encouraged her to try the style of artwork. The late George Flett (Spokane) was among those artists who encouraged her as well, and said:

“If your heart is in this work then maybe you were meant to do this. Maybe something good will come of this and you will inspire many.”

4:00PM - 4:30PM - Closing Comments & Door Prizes


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