Aboriginal Storytellers Month
When: February 24, 2015 at 1:20pm
Where: St. Mary’s High School, 380 - 14th Street West
Storyteller: Rhonda Donais
When: February 24, 2015 at 7:00pm
Where: Bison Cafe, 1210 Central Avenue
Storytellers: Solomon Ratt, John MacDonald and Leah M. Dorian
February is Aboriginal Storytellers Month and the SWG is honouring this tradition with events across the province. The SWG has partnered with the Gabriel Dumont Institute, St. Mary’s High School in Prince Albert, the First Nations University of Canada and Sâkêwêwak Artist Collective to provide top-calibre Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytellers.
Events are FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will also be provided.
Leah Marie Dorion
Leah Marie Dorion is a Metis person with cultural roots to the historic Metis community of Cumberland House, Saskatchewan. Born in Nipawin, she is a passionate interdisciplinary artist and educator who is committed to sharing historical and contemporary knowledge regarding Metis culture. She is a respected children’s book writer and several of her books have been nominated for various awards for their art and cultural content. Leah continues to develop and expand her practice as an artist, writer, creative consultant, and instructor with the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP).
Fighting racism and inequality as a light-skinned Aboriginal person, John’s life has been described as both romantic and Dickensian. From the suicide of his abusive father when he was eight to the substance abuse and life on the streets he faced as a teenager, John overcame his demons through the power of words and art. Over the last 16 years, John's frank and from-the-heart story is a tale that has been told to thousands of people across Canada and around the world.
She has been a children’s entertainer for the last 25 years. She has been working for the Regina Public Schools for the past 8 years. Rhonda loves to tell stories to the young at heart.
Was born on the Churchill River just a few km north of Stanley Mission. He only spoke Cree until he started learning English at the age of six when he was taken away from his parents to attend school at the Anglican Church run residential school in Prince Albert. He returned home every summer where he spoke Cree at all times because his parents only spoke Cree. His parents told him their traditional stories before he went to the residential school, many of which he remembers to this day. Ratt attended the University of Regina and First Nations University where he got his BA-Ordinary (English), BA-Advanced (Linguistics) and MA (English). Ratt has been working at the First Nations University since 1986, full time as professor of Cree language studies.