Workshops and Talks

The weekend series of workshops and talks called Our Ways, Our Stories aligned with the traditional Indigenous practices of teaching art forms and storytelling. Local and visiting artists, including several Sakahàn artists, animated the program, sharing their skills and stories with local First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and community members.

15 June: David Finkle
Mohawk artist David Finkle teaches participants to make traditional rattles out of deer hide.  

29 June: Doreen Stevens
Multi-talented Algonquin artist and storyteller Doreen Stevens takes participants through the process of creating mosaics on cedar turtles and shares the season’s teachings about the strawberry.

30 June: Peter Purdy
Algonquin artist Peter Purdy leads participants in exploring their own creativity and releasing their inhibitions and fears by creating abstract art using a variety of media and techniques.

6–7 July: Heather Campbell
Inuk artist Heather Campbell teaches participants how to do Inuit stencil printing. Designs include the polar bear, beluga whale, snowy owl and the inukshuk.

13 July: Karen Fleming
Inuk artist Karen Fleming takes participants through the process of making pins and teaches how to bead a Métis infinity symbol.

20–21 July: Christi Belcourt
Sakahàn artist Christi Belcourt teaches participants to bead their own I.D. card cases using traditional Métis floral designs and beading techniques.

27 July: Corey Bulpitt
Sakahàn artist Corey Bulpitt teaches participants how to make graffiti art on shoes based on his Haida heritage.

28 July: Robert Friday
Ojibwe artist Robert Friday shows participants how to use silkscreening to express their cultural stories and ideas.

3–4 August: Larissa Healey
Sakahàn artist Larissa Healey (a.k.a. GURLTWENTYTHREE) introduces participants to Aboriginal aerosol graffiti art, touching on traditional hand styles street art and arisolart and making links to Native pride and First Nations hip hop.

8 August: Nicholas Galanin
Sakahàn artist Nicholas Galanin speaks about the influence of his Tlingit/Aleut culture on his artistic practice.

10–11 August: Brett Graham
Sakahàn artist Brett Graham teaches participants to carve clay masks inspired by Maori and Polynesian tattoo traditions. The masks are fired and used to make a mural.
17–18 August: Simon Brascoupé
Artist Simon Brascoupé leads a workshop on the artistic traditions of birchbark biting and Algonquin stencil printing.
24–25 August: Sonny Assu
Sakahàn artist Sonny Assu helps participants explore their identities by making one-of-a kind cereal boxes inspired by his Kwakwaka’wkak culture.

31 August: Marie-Claude Charland
Inspired by the works of Brian Jungen, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jimena Mendoza, Jimmy Manning, Sonya Kelliher-Combs and other Sakahàn artists, Métis artist Marie-Claude Charland leads a workshop in which participants use assemblage, collage and paint to transform found objects, in this case containers, into carriers of personal meaning.