The SWG collectively recognizes the Indigenous perspectives on First Nations' traditions and importance of storytelling of descendants and speakers from the traditional territories and treaty areas that founded our shared province. We welcome all Indigenous 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 Indigenous Program Coordinator organizes a variety of events and workshops geared to Indigenous writers and audiences.The SWG also works with an Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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.
For more information about any of these programs, please contact the SWG Indigenous Program Coordinator at 306-791-7741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Return of the Crow Hop Cafe Presents: A Panel Discussion on Cultural Appropriation
Arts organizations Sâkêwêwak First Nations Artists' Collective Inc., Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Saskatchewan Arts Board, and SaskCulture hosted a panel in the summer of 2017 to explore the ways in which cultural appropriation effects the arts community.
Moderated by Creeson Agecoutay, our panelists Janet Marie Rogers, Michelle Lavallee, Trudy Stewart, and Audrey Dreaver challenged appropriation in their respective fields.
The event was recorded and shared at a later date thanks to Chris Ross at RezX. You can view the recording here.
UNSETTLING IDEAS: A Book Club
Unsettling Ideas is a book club aimed at creating discourse, generating ideas and raising awareness to the 94 Calls to Action released one year ago from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to the general public.
There will be 10 monthly gatherings from September 2016 to June 2017 – each rooted in one (or more) title(s) paired to a Call to Action. Each month will feature a speaker, author, or community member who will offer thoughts and facilitate a discussion for those present to engage with the work itself, the particular call to action, and broader themes of decolonization and reconciliation. September saw the book The Education of Augie Merasty by Joseph Auguste Merasty edited by David Carpenter, which was paired with TRC Call to Action #59. October's book will be Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration edited by Robert Alexander Innes and Kim Anderson, which will be paired with TRC Call to Action #38.
We will announce each title with enough notice and information for interested participants to get their hands on a copy and participate in online discussions. At month’s end, participants will have the opportunity to attend a group session (location TBD). The group sessions are entirely free to attend.
This is a shared project of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, Knox-Metropolitan United Church and Turning the Tide bookstore.
Please follow our group on Facebook for news and updates.
ABORIGINAL STORYTELLING MONTH
In February, SWG hosts annual events in celebration of Aboriginal Storytelling Month in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. On this occasion, Indigenous storytellers and musicians perform and share their work to inspire and educate audiences. Watch for information about these on the website in the winter.
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL MONTH & DAY
In June, the SWG hosts annual events in celebration of National Aboriginal Month. The main of these events typically occur on National Aboriginal Day, June 21.
FIRST NATIONS READING SERIES
The SWG is excited to co-sponsor the First Nations Reading Series, in proud partnership with the First Nations University and the Office of Indigenization, University of Regina. This reading series is co-sponsored by the SWG, with travel assistance and support from the Canada Council. Don’t miss them!