TRUTH, TRADITIONS and TREATIES

A new event series being offered by Emmanuel Anglican Church with The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre with the goal of educating and inspiring community about living as treaty people in Saskatchewan. Join us as we learn and experience elements of Indigenous culture and grow as community.

EVENT SCHEDULE


March 19 - Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts - with Rev. Karen Sandell and Bishop Chris Harper

April 6 - Indigenous Sharing Circle - Traditional Indigenous Knoweldge Keeper, Randy Morin

April 20 - Storytelling and Cree Language - Traditional Indigenous Knoweldge Keeper, Randy Morin

April 25 - Educational Equity in Saskatchewan - Speaker, Sandy Bonny

May 29 - Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit Peoples - Speaker, Marilyn Poitras

May 29 - Faceless Dolls Project - Led by The Elizabeth Fry Society

May 30 & June 6 - The Art of Beading - Cree/Norwegian Artist, Vanessa Hyggen

June 11 - Mapping the Ground We Stand On - PWRDF

June 13 - A Historical Look at Treaties and The Indian Act - Speaker, Charlotte Ross

June 15 - Reconciliation and Treaty Relevance Today - Speaker, Rhett Sangster


Note to Participants: With the instability of Covid 19 and Variants in mind, we request that guests continue to wear face masks while inside our facilities and remain distanced, where and when possible. Our measured approach with regard to the use of our facilities is guided by our ongoing concern for the comfort, safety and well-being of our community.

As current Covid 19 conditions remain fluid, please be aware that any change to our current protocols will be updated on this page.

The Doctrine of Discoery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

with Rev. Karen Sandell and Bishop Chris Harper

Date: Saturday, March 19

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Emmanuel Anglican Church

No Charge Event

*Silver Collection donations will be accepted with proceeds used to fund Truth, Traditions and Treaties program initiatives.

The Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts is a challenging and truthful documentary, meant to educate people on the doctrine and create an awareness of its legacy. View the documentary and participate in a small group discussion, with opportunities to share thoughts and questions and reflect.

The film is just one of the responses of the Anglican Church's Primate's Commission on discovery, reconciliation and justice. The purpose of the film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.

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For those unable to attend the in-person gathering, we invite you to view the film and explore the Study Guide, at a time and place of your choosing.


Indigenous Sharing Circle with Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, Randy Morin

Date: Wednesday, April 6

Location: The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre - Theatre

Fee: $10 - proceeds will be used to fund Truth, Traditions and Treaties program initiatives.

Join us at the circle. Participate in an Indigenous Sharing Circle and share in the experience of a smudge, prayer and guided meditation. A circle topic will be pre-determined by circle leader, Randy Morin.


Randy Morin is from Big River First Nation, located in central Saskatchewan on Treaty 6 territory. He currently lives in Saskatoon with his family. Randy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from the University of Regina, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Victoria, in addition to a lifetime of traditional Plains Cree teachings and knowledge. As a Cree language keeper and a traditional Indigenous Knowledge keeper Randy is passionate about maintaining and teaching his Cree language and culture and empowering others.

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Storytelling and Cree Language with Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, Randy Morin

Date: Wednesday, April 20

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre - Theatre

Fee: $10 - proceeds will be used to fund Truth, Traditions and Treaties program initiatives.

Storytelling is an incredibly important way of expressing Indigenous knowledge, culture and oral traditions. Randy Morin's passion for sharing Indigenous culture and his committment to Indigenous language revitalization will inspire and help us understand the power of stories passed down generation to generation.

Randy Morin is from Big River First Nation, located in central Saskatchewan on Treaty 6 territory. He currently lives in Saskatoon with his family. Randy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from the University of Regina, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Victoria, in addition to a lifetime of traditional Plains Cree teachings and knowledge. As a Cree language keeper and a traditional Indigenous Knowledge keeper Randy is passionate about maintaining and teaching his Cree language and culture and empowering others.

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Educational Equity in Saskatchewan with Speaker, Sandy Bonny

Date: Monday, April 25

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre - Theatre

Fee: $10 - proceeds will be used to fund Truth, Traditions and Treaties program initiatives.

K-12 education in Saskatchewan is demographically and geographically divided between high and low resource clusters, funded with little historic coordination between provincial and federal authorities. Despite intergovernmental statements prioritizing fair access to education, Northern rural and remote schools, in particular, face resource and specialist teaching shortages that complicate student pathways to grade 12 graduation, and preparation for post-secondary opportunities beyond, with unequal impact on Indigenous youth. In this talk, Dr. Sandy Bonny will share publically accessible data to illustrate current challenges to educational equity in our province, and to highlight promising avenues of change.

Dr. Sandy Bonny has an interdisciplinary background in the academic earth sciences (PhD UAlberta 2007) and in the literary and visual arts. A lifelong member of Saskatoon’s Treaty 6 community, and current Team Lead for the Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways post-secondary STEM access initiative at the University of Saskatchewan, Sandy teaches, coordinates, and creates at intersections of narrative understanding.

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Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit Peoples with Speaker, Marilyn Poitras

Date: Sunday, May 29

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Location: The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre - Theatre

Fee: $10 - proceeds will be used to fund Truth, Traditions and Treaties program initiatives.

Marilyn Poitras is passionate about developing solutions for building recognition, inclusion, and the promotion of historic and contemporary Indigenous perspectives. She enlightens audiences to the historic violence against MMIWG and 2SLGBTQ+ with solutions, empowering all to create change within all spheres of influence.

  • ​Better understand the systemic misrepresentation of Indigenous women and persons.

  • Learn about the injustices that have disproportionately affected and perpetuated cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and children.

  • Be inspired by the strength and power of Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit Peoples that will in turn extend to the well-being of men and boys.

Marilyn Poitras is an innovative changemaker of Michif descent hailing from Southern Saskatchewan. Marilyn is a lawyer, negotiator, professor, film producer, and most importantly a community builder. Combining her Master of Laws from Harvard and the teachings from traditional Knowledge Keepers in communities all over the world, Marilyn is paving the pathway to an Indigenous language of design thinking for social change.

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Faceless Dolls Project Led by The Elizabeth Fry Society

Date: Sunday, May 29

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre - Lower Level Gallery Space

Fee: $10, includes all materials

The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) is committed to the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Through community education and engagement activities NWAC helps to grow the awarenes of this epidemic in our country and the devastating impact it has on communities.

Originally a beautiful collection of faceless felt dolls were used to create a travelling art ehibition. This creative hands-on project was meant to visually and physically create a representation of the thousands of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. Communities accross the country continue to embraced the The Faceless Dolls project.

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We invite you to share time and space with us to create our own felt faceless dolls. All materials will be provided in pre-packaged kits. The dolls we create will remind us that strong, beautiful and loving Aboriginal women are 'faceless' victims of crime, and these women represent every number quoted - "each statistic tells a story."

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan The Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan strives for a just community, advocating for the rights, freedoms, and fair treatment of all women and girls involved with the justice system. To learn more about The Elizabeth Fry Society please visit The Elizabeth Fry Society

NWAC Faceless Dolls Project Event in Edmonton, AB - 2018

The Edmonton Journal - by Shaughn Butts

Faceless Dolls Project Kit

*Our kits were created using a sample kit graciously provided by NWAC.


Faceless Dolls Project In-person Event - including a Faceless Doll Kit - Closed

If you are unable to participate in the in-person Faceless Dolls Project event and would like to create your own faceless dolls using our pre-prepared kits, kits are available for purchase - $10/kit. - Closed


The Art of Beading with Woodlands Cree/Norwegian Artist, Vanessa Hyggen

Date: 2 Mondays - May 30 and June 6

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre - Lower-level Gallery Space

Fee: $70, including materials

Explore the beauty of this traditional art form. Artist, Vanessa Hyggen will introduce the beautiful art of beading. On week one she will teach the basics of one-needle beading, taking participants through the steps to create a flat stitch beaded pattern. On week two, a backing, pin, and edgework will be added to the beadworks created, resulting in a wonderful piece of wearble art.

Vanessa Hyggen is a painter and beadwork artist living in Saskatoon, SK whose focus is mainly on painting the boreal forest. She is a Cree and Norwegian female who is passionate about her sense of belonging in the North – these memories serve as a palette for her work. Hyggen loves light and color and hopes to always continue to grow with her artwork and never become stagnant.

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Mapping the Ground We Stand On

with PWRDF Facilitators, Elizabeth Bonnett and Jennifer Marlor

Date: Saturday, June 11

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: Emmanuel Anglican Church Hall and The Refinery Lower-level Gallery Space

No Charge Event

*Silver Collection donations accepted. *proceeds will be used to fund Truth, Traditions and Treaties program initiatives.

An interactive workshop exploring Indigenous and Settler relationships. You will be invited to explore the Indigenous presence on the map of Canada, the history of Settler arrival and their relationship to one another. It also offers an opportunity for learning and reflection on the concept of Terra Nullius - or "empty land" - and the Doctrine of Discovery as foundational to colonialism. Participants will walk on the map, reflect on their own presence on it, and discuss how they might respond to what they have learned.

As part of its commitment to support the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) developed Mapping the Ground We Stand On. PWRDF has a 20-year history working in Indigenous communities in Canada.

To learn more about the work of PWRDF and their impact please visit Work and Impact of PWRDF

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A Historical Look at Treaties and The Indian Act with Speaker, Charlotte Ross

Date: Monday, June 13

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre - Theatre

Fee: $10 - proceeds will be used to fund Truth, Traditions and Treaties program initiatives.

Charlotte Ross is a registered member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, one of three Woodland Cree Nations in Saskatchewan. She has made Rosetown, SK her home and embodies the spirit of reconciliation in her personal and professional life. Being surrounded by the Woodland Cree language from birth provided a foundation for her life and is based on the principles of mitho-wahkohtowin or having good relationships with all of our relatives. She has extensive experience navigating systems of higher education both as an Aboriginal Academic Coordinator and as a University Off-Campus Instructor for Indian Studies & Cree language classes. In 2011, Charlotte broadened her career path and embraced the role as a Consultant for First Nations, Tribal Councils, non-profit corporations and post secondary educational institutions. Charlotte is a Treaty Kit Facilitator for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and is a member of the OTC Speaker’ Bureau. She has been the co-chair for the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network and served on the Montreal Lake Business Ventures Board as the first female Board member. She is a team trainer & facilitator for the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies 2-day workshop, From Truth to Reconciliation: SK Indian residential schools. As a proficient Cree speaker and former Cree Instructor, Charlotte is involved in Indigenous Language program revitalization projects with the Office of First Nation & Metis Relations at the University of Saskatchewan. Charlotte is passionate about Indigenous language revitalization and is a PhD candidate specializing in ILR through the University of Victoria.

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Reconciliation and Treaty Relevance Today with Speaker, Rhett Sangster

Date: Wednesday, June 15

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: The Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre - Theatre

Fee: $10 - proceeds will be used to fund Truth, Traditions and Treaties program initiatives.

Director, Reconciliation and Community Partnerships Rhett Sangster works with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, coordinating efforts to engage both the public and community leaders on the nature of reconciliation in Saskatchewan. This process aims to work with as many partners as possible to identify shared priorities and a broadly-owned vision for the future. Rhett grew up in Treaty 6 territory (Tisdale, Saskatchewan) and is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (B.A. Political Studies). He moved to Ottawa in 2000 to become a Foreign Service Officer and has spent the majority of his career working on issues of international conflict and peacebuilding. He spent three years posted as a diplomat in Turkey, led a successful effort to improve dialogue and cooperation between Afghan and Pakistani border officials, and coordinated Canadian international policy on mediation, peace processes and the effects of war on women and girls. Rhett accepted a Rotary Peace Fellowship in 2012 and graduated in 2014 with a Masters in International Development Policy from Duke University. His thesis focused on conflict prevention and reconciliation in Saskatchewan. Rhett is married and has three young children.

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