Time: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Downtown Plaza Stage in Regina
In partnership with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, and the Regina Farmers’ Market, the SWG is proud to present “Little Stories on the Prairie" in celebration of Canadian Multicultural Day. Storytelling, poetry, and music will be the mediums used to highlight some of the diverse cultural voices in our province. See our awesome lineup of presenters below!
Support your local food and craft producers while taking part in a great event.
In case of rain, the event will be held in the Regina Public Library Film Theatre.
Little Stories on the Prairie is a free event open to everyone. For more information contact Oin Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-791-7746.
CBC Future 40 award recipient and Neechie Gear Role Model, Brad Bellegarde aka InfoRed has rocked the microphone across Turtle Island and has been a featured artist at events such as the 2014 North American Indigenous Games, 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. 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.
Jennifer Graham was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1981. Jennifer has studied at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec as well as Mobile University in Mobile, Alabama, USA. She has a degree in Communication/print journalism and has published numerous articles for various publications. She is a published author and blogger. She is also a certified writing workshop facilitator in the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method.
Born in Québec, Martine Noël-Maw has called Regina home since 1993. A French literature graduate from the Université de Montréal, she’s the author of a dozen books for adults and youth. Her work has earned her two Saskatchewan Book Awards. She was longlisted for the 2016 Radio-Canada Short Story Prize, and shortlisted for the 2015 Radio-Canada Nonfiction Prize. She is also an editor, a publisher and a translator.
Née au Québec, Martine Noël-Maw vit à Regina depuis 1993. Diplômée en littérature française de l’Université de Montréal, elle est l’auteure d’une douzaine de romans pour les adultes et la jeunesse. Ses écrits lui ont valu deux Saskatchewan Book Awards. Elle a été présélectionnée au Prix de la nouvelle Radio-Canada 2016, et finaliste du Prix du récit Radio-Canada 2015. Elle est également éditrice et traductrice.
Mirtha Rivera was born in the capital city of Santiago, Chile, where a military coup overthrew the elected national government in 1973. Mirtha came to Saskatchewan as a political refugee with her husband and young son in November 1975. The cold weather didn’t freeze her creative spark, and she continued her organizing work in the Chilean, women’s, and arts communities. She is a singer, musician, writer, political activist, animal-lover, and mother of two grown sons. She and her companera began their relationship in 1989, lobbied for LGBT rights (including the right to marry) before 2005, and married in 2010.
“KARIBU” was initiated by the Uganda Canadian Association of Saskatchewan (UCAS) in 2013. It evolved from 2011 and 2012 UCAS Culture Days “Drum, Dance and Dialogue” activities as a strategy used in various African cultures to strengthen and build community spirit. Karibu Project is an intercultural live popular theatre performance aimed at increasing collaboration and shared understanding between immigrants and non-immigrants, young and older, mainstream and marginalised members of the community – through drum, dance, and dialogue. Their performances are motivated by Nelson Mandela’s quote “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
This performance is about how Karibu performers are welcomed as newcomers to Canada by the Plains Cree group led by Terrance Littletent and friends. As newcomers, Karibu acknowledges the presence of the collaborating performers as the first people of the land. The Plains Cree performers welcome the Karibu group to the land and begin a dialogue of friendship and honouring each other. Karibu and the Plains Cree group have an exchange of drumming. They teach one another dances from their respective cultures. Karibu teaches the Plains Cree performers a dance from the kinyankore tribe in Uganda that signifies solidarity of new friendships. The Plains Cree performers teach Karibu members the significance of their dance and drums to their culture and way of life. The presentation ends with a friendship dance led by the Indigenous group.
Terrance Littletent is a world champion hoop dancer who never ceases to amaze. Born in Regina, Littletent is from the Kawacatoose Cree Nation where he inherited much of his traditional teachings through family and elders, singers and dancers, storytellers and academics. Terrance has traveled across Canada, the United States, and overseas, sharing his gift of song, dance, and narrative, in a humble way. At the age of six, Terrance had already been introduced to the traditional techniques and movement skills used to create his own dance choreography. By the age of eight, Terrance’s uncle, Kirby Littletent, presented him with the gift of the hoop, which inspired Terrance to continue his uncle’s legacy of sharing the ways of their people. As an educator, producer, and performer, Terrance continues to find ways to bridge traditional and contemporary dance. Terrance performs with family members and friends in a variety of contexts to share his skills and cultural teachings.