The Strength of Our People!
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About the Event
We are so excited to host our summer series The Strength of Our People! The Strength of Our People is a great opportunity to learn and engage with some incredible Indigenous performers as well as storytellers! Join us as we head into National Indigenous Peoples Month 2021 and help us celebrate the strength of our people. Thursday's at 1:00 PM MST May 13th to June 17th.
We are so honoured to have some of the most inspiring and talented individuals joining us for this six week speakers series including,
Dallas Arcand Jr. -Hoop Dancing
Dallas Arcand Jr. is an accomplished second generation hoop dancer and aboriginal entertainer from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Starting from an early age, he's been in front of crowds of up to 40,000 people at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo half time show with his father, 3 time World Champion, Dallas Arcand Sr.
In 2010 he attended the Victoria School of the Performing Arts, there he learned valuable insight into music and performing.
In 2012 he and his father performed at the London Olympics alongside the Canadian musician Corb Lund.
In 2018, he performed at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Dallas Arcand Jr. is a self-taught musician, playing flute, guitar, piano and drums. He has translated those musical skills into music production and is currently working on several hip hop projects in Edmonton. He has 2 solo CDs available on iTunes. His first traditional flute CD titled Moonshadows was released July 2018. His second contemporary flute CD, Coyote and Raven was released in February 2019.
In 2016 Dallas competed in the World Champion Hoop Dance Contest against his father in the adult category and placed 12th in the world.
Wilson Bearhead -Story Teller
Wilson Bearhead is a Nakota Elder and a member of the Wabamun Lake First Nation in Treaty 6 Territory. Wilson has served as the Chief of his community, Grande Chief of Treaty 6 and Assembly of First Nations Alberta Regional Chief. He began his career in the field of addictions, mental health and supports for children in care. Over the years Wilson had dedicated his time, always in service to the community, families and children, in roles that include Elder at federal corrections agencies, public libraries and in schools. Most recently Wilson Served as the Elder for Elk Island Public Schools. Wilsons grandmother Annie was a powerful, positive influence in his young life, teaching him all of the lessons that gave him the strength, knowledge and skill to overcome difficult times and to embrace the gifts of life.
Melissa Purcell -Pow Wow Dancing
Melissa Purcell is Denesuline, born and raised in Edmonton, and a member of Smith’s Landing First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. Melissa is a proud mother of one son and two daughters, and the oldest of her three sisters. She entered the powwow circle later in her learning journey, and quickly fell in love with the beauty, movement, heartbeat, and holistic connections within the powwow circle. As a fancy shawl dancer, Melissa has danced at powwows across the province, country, including many local celebrations and festivals, and has even travelled to Taiwan and Italy to share her love for fancy shawl dancing.Melissa continues to learn and find ways to share her learnings with others. She is deeply committed to supporting Indigenous education and advancing truth and reconciliation within the education system. Melissa has experience teaching in Alberta band, charter and public schools. At the division level with Edmonton Public Schools she held the positions of teacher consultant, program coordinator and supervisor of First Nations, Métis and Inuit education. She is an Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development, Indigenous Education with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and continues to lead Indigenous Education and Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation within the Association.
Josh Morin -Metis Youth Ambassador
Josh Morin is a youth leader within the Métis Nation. Born and Raised in the Edmonton Area. Josh has worked hard to provide indigenous led workshops to community members such as Moccasin Making, Finger weaving and Michif language classes as well as running the day to day operations at Michif Cultural Connections the Métis Cultural Centre in St. Albert. Josh is also the grandson of honourable Senator Thelma Chalifoux, the first Indigenous woman appointed to the Canadian Senate. His family has long historical roots in St. Albert and Lac St Anne dating back to the communities earliest iterations and are very proud of their strong Métis culture and history they carry in Treaty 6 territory and the Métis homeland.
Layla Dumont -Beading
Layla Dumont is a Nehyiaw iskwew (Cree Woman) from the Onion Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 territory. Layla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and has experience in education, public safety through traditional healing and community-based rehabilitation including her work as a parole officer at a healing lodge for Indigenous women and in a community-based violence prevention program for Indigenous youth. Layla works through an Indigenous cultural lens based on understanding of, and healing from, historic trauma through connection to spirit, culture, and community. Layla has also worked with the Alberta School Boards Association as the Indigenous Relations Coordinator, supporting education communities across Alberta in their journey towards reconciliation and is honoured to be back working directly with her people to address racism, discrimination and sexism through Roots of Resilience.
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- Educators Ticket!$125+$3.13 Service fee$125+$3.13 Service fee0$0