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The Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Regina Public Library and Regina Plains Museum


In the Footsteps of Riel

Footsteps of Riel poster

Date:  Monday, June 21, 2010

In honor of Aboriginal Day, the Regina Public Library, in partnership with the Regina Plains Museum and the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild presents "In the footsteps of Riel" a walking tour of downtown sites connected with Riel's life, followed by a reading of his poetry at the RPL Film Theatre, Central Library:

6:30-7:00: Meet up at (and view the displays in) Regina Plains Museum, 2nd floor, 1835 Scarth Street.

7:00: Tour leaves Regina Plains Museum.

7:45-8:00 tour ends at RPL Film Theatre.

8:00 Riel poetry reading, RPL Film Theatre—there will be a short film by Gordon Pepper, and music and readings by Jesse Archibald-Barber, Thomas Roussin and Jo-Ann Episkenew.


Originally from Regina, Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber began his studies at S.I.F.C. After a year of Native Studies, he moved to Vancouver Island where he worked at the old Victoria Foundries before continuing his studies at the University of Victoria, where he completed his BA. He then harrowed teaching ESL in Quebec before eventually taking graduate studies at the University of Toronto, where he wrote his dissertation on elegies that involve colonial conflicts between English Canadian, First Nations, and Métis cultures. Presently, he teaches First Nations and Métis poetry, fiction, and drama, and he has articles forthcoming on Indigenous aesthetics.

Jo-Ann Episkenew is an Associate Professor of English at the First Nations University of Canada, where she has served as Department Head of English, as Academic Dean, and as Associate Directorof the Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre.

Musician Thomas Roussin is a grassroots activist in the student movement and local food sovereignty movement. He is also a narrative songwriter & composer, working as a solo musician and also with the nancy ray-guns, Canada's "agrarian funk" band.

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For more information or to register for the program, call 777-6120.

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