The SWG collectively recognizes the traditions and importance of storytelling and Aboriginal perspective of descendants and speakers from the traditional territories and treaty areas that founded our shared province. We welcome all Aboriginal members, including First Nations,Métis and Inuit People and we aspire to respond and acknowledge the traditions of the most common linguistic groups,Cree, Dene, Lakota, Nakota, Dakota, and Saulteaux, and Michif.
The SWG Aboriginal Program Coordinator organizes a variety of events and workshops geared to Aboriginal writers and audiences.The SWG also works with an Aboriginal Advisory Circle, which provides advice on respecting cultural observances in the Guild’s programming and services.
The Guild partners with the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc. (SAWCI) and the Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival, encouraging membership in both organizations to be more representative of the Saskatchewan Aboriginal writing community. We are also establishing a partnership with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
The programs listed below are only the starting point as we continue to move forward and connect with the rich heritage of our Indigenous peoples, offering our support and a willingness to be enriched by our First Peoples. We have a great deal of work to do... and we need a great deal of help... and we're available to listen and act on suggestions. Contact us at our office!
For more information about any of these programs, please contact the SWG Aboriginal Program Coordinator, Melanie McKay at (306) 791-7744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABORIGINAL STORYTELLING MONTH
In February, SWG hosts annual events in celebration of Aboriginal Storytelling Month in Regina and Saskatoon and in 2013 in Prince Albert. On this occasion, Aboriginal storytellers and musicians perform and share their work to inspire audiences. Watch for information about these on the website in the winter.
ABORIGINAL YOUTH WRITING RETREATS
The SWG coordinates a week long summer youth writers’ retreat, Bringing Back the Buffalo, located at the First Nations University of Canada’s Regina Campus, and also one at a location in Saskatoon. Aboriginal facilitators and an Elder are included in the programming to encourage youth to write and showcase their work in a youth anthology. For more information, please go to: Aboriginal Youth Writing Retreats
ABORIGINAL WRITERS' FACILITATED RETREATS
The SWG offers annual three-day facilitated retreats for Aboriginal writers. An Aboriginal Writer-in-Residence assists writers in creative consultation and one-on-one constructive critiques.These are often held at Spring Valley Guest Ranch in the southwestern part of the province. Click here for more information about the Aboriginal Facilitated Writers Retreats, guidelines and applications.
FIRST NATIONS READING SERIES
The SWG is excited to co-sponsor the First Nations Reading Series, in proud partnership with the First Nations University. This reading series is co-sponsored by the SWG, with travel assistance and support from the Canada Council. Don’t miss them!
More information on this program may be found here: SWG Aboriginal Mentorship program.