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2017 Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival

OCT

19-21

Saskatoon

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The Ânskohk Festival will be held in Saskatoon October 19-21, 2017.

SAWCI is hosting this special 2017 festival to coincide with SaskCulture and Canada 150 Events.

The 2017 festival will showcase the vitality of Indigenous languages in the literary arts, including written and oral storytelling. Readings, workshops, and events have a focus on promotion and sharing Indigenous Languages and celebrating our resilience.

Ânskohk Festival events will be hosted both in Saskatoon and in other areas of the province in order to broaden the scope of the Ânskohk Festival.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

MEET THE AUTHOR: Ânskohk — Celebrating Our Story-iors
6:00 – 9:00 PM. at St. Mary's Wellness and Education Centre, 327 Avenue N South, Saskatoon, SK

Good food and good words, Métis fiddling, an honour song for the authors and storytellers, and a walkabout with Aboriginal authors (in many genres) who have published or produced a work in the past two years (2014-2016). A formal program will follow featuring spoken word poets and story-iors.

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Doors open: Soup and bannock
Musicians – John & Vicki Arcand
Welcome and Introduction of the Evening – Colleen Charlette
Opening Prayer – Elder Norman Fleury
Honor Song – Teedly Linklater
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Round Table and Dessert with Story-iors: Mika Lafond, Damon Badger Heit, Norman Fleury, Tracey Lindberg, Tenille Campbell, STR8UP, Wilfred Burton with Cheryl Troupe, and Deborah Lee
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM – Tenille Campbell, and Indigenous Poets Society – Shawn OVERFLO Joseph
8:30 PM – 9:00 PM Mingle

This all-ages event will close with lively, toe-tapping fiddle music. We expect that the buzz in the room will be music to our ears. The feedback we received in 2014 was that we had a keeper with this event; therefore, we intend to build on our success.

Entry fee to this public event will be by donation.

Schedule of All Events
(Bolded items are Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival presentations)

Friday, October 20 2017
At STATION 20 WEST (1120 20th St. West, Saskatoon, SK)

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Doors open: Stew and bannock
12:00 – 12:30 AM OPENING AND WELCOME REMARKS – Karon Shmon
12:30 – 1:30 PM THE DIVERSE INDIGENOUS WRITING SCENE IN SASKATCHEWAN – Harold Johnson, Jesse Archibald Barber, Karon Shmon, and moderator Deborah Lee
1:30 – 2:30 PM AFFIRMING INDIGENOUS VOICES IN PRINT Doug Cuthand, Greg Younging, Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre, and moderator Janice Acoose
2:30 – 2:45 PM – Nutrition Break
2:45 – 4:00 PM FOCUSED CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
A) READINGS FROM ESTABLISHED WRITERS – Harold Johnson and Wilfred Burton
B) Ê-SÔHKÊYIHTAMAHK – LA FORSS KI OOTINAYNAAN: SAWCI WRITING CIRCLES – SAWCI Board Members
C) INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES: PRESERVATION, PROLIFERATION, PUBLICATION – Rita Bouvier, Mika Lafond, Gabriel Dumont Institute, and Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM – SAWCI AGM
SUPPER ON YOUR OWN
6:00 – 7:00 PM Supper on your own
6:30 – 9:00 – Ânskohk — Keynote Event
6:30 – 6:45 – WELCOME & INTRODUCTION OF KEYNOTE – Deborah Lee
6:45 – 7:45 – TRACEY LINDBERG – KEYNOTE ADDRESS
7:45 – 8:45 – OPEN MIC (To pre-register or for questions, contact Audrey Dreaver, audreydreaver@gmail.com)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 At STATION 20 WEST (1120 20th St. West, Saskatoon, SK)

9:30 – 9:45 – Doors Open: Muffins, fruit, coffee, tea
9:45 – 10:00 – OPENING AND WELCOME – Rita Bouvier
10:00 – 11:00 – CULTURAL APPROPRIATION – Greg Younging
11:00 – 11:15 – Nutrition Break
11:15 – 12:15 – PLAYWRITING: FROM THE ORAL TO THE WRITTEN TO THE PERFORMED – Jesse Archibald Barber, Carol Greyeyes, and Marcel Petit
12:15 – 1:15 – Lunch
1:15 – 2:45 – FOCUSED CONCURRENT SESSIONS:
A) READINGS FROM ESTABLISHED WRITERS – Jesse Archibald Barber and Rita Bouvier
B) NAVIGATING THE PUBLISHING PROCESS – Greg Younging
C) WRITING FOR STRENGTHENING AND HEALING – Zoey Roy
2:45 – 3:00 – Nutrition Break
3:00 – 3:45 – THE INDIGENOUS WRITING CONTINUUM: A TRIBUTE TO RICHARD WAGAMESE – Janice Acoose and Students, University of Saskatchewan English Department
3:45 – 4:00 – Final acknowledgements
Closing Prayer – Elder Norman Fleury

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2016 Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival

OCT

20-22

Saskatoon

Celebrating Indigenous Literary Excellence

The Ânskohk Festival will be held in Saskatoon October 20-22, 2016. Thursday evening the festival will kick off with spoken word artists Overflow and Colleen Charlette, followed by feature author Dawn Dumont reading at Station 20 West in Saskatoon. Aboriginal writers with a book released in the past two years will be invited to present on the same evening in a walkabout format where the audience meet with each author in an informal format.

The format allows the audience to visit with all the authors as if they were doing so in their living rooms. The evening will include music, food, and visiting. These elements are culturally important to gathering together and sharing—this is the Indigenous authors' night to shine!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Opening Event: Celebrating Our Story-iors
6:00 – 9:00 PM. at Station 20 West, Saskatoon, SK

Good food and good words, Métis fiddling, an honour song for the authors and storytellers, and a walkabout with Aboriginal authors (in many genres) who have published or produced a work in the past two years (2014-2016). A formal program will follow featuring spoken word poets and story-iors.

6:00 PM Doors open with fiddle music by Dallas Boyer and Phil Boyer
6:27 PM Welcome remarks
6:30 PM Elder opening prayer
6:40 PM Refreshments are served
7:00 PM Honour song (Women’s Drum Group)
7:15 PM Walkabout and dessert with the authors
8:00 PM Colleen Charlette
8:10 PM Shawn Joseph aka Overflow
8:20 PM Dawn Dumont (featured guest)
9:00 PM Conclusion

This all-ages event will close with lively, toe-tapping fiddle music. We expect that the buzz in the room will be music to our ears. The feedback we received in 2014 was that we had a keeper with this event; therefore, we intend to build on our success.

Entry fee to this public event will be by donation.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016 

THE ÂNSKOHK ABORIGINAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SASKATCHEWAN WRITERS’ GUILD PRESENT:
2016 CONFERENCE: 20/20 VISION

ÂNSKOHK WORKSHOP
TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY TELL-A-VISION: FORDING THE DREAM (Admission by Donation)
10:00 – 11:30 AM AT THE SASKATOON INN
Workshop/panel with Rita Bouvier, Wilfred Burton, Karon Shmon, and David Carpenter

Join our presenters for a vigorous discussion on fording protocol relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous writing communities from the present into the future within the spirit of reconciliation. With a nod to oral storytelling and bridging our collective First Nations and Métis histories to our stories of present-day, the workshop will illustrate not just peaceful co-existence but allow the possibility of peaceful co-prosperity.

ÂNSKOHK FESTIVAL LUNCHEON (Preregistration required)
11:30 – 1:00 PM AT THE SASKATOON INN
Keynote speaker Richard Wagamese

The Festival is very pleased to present one of Canada's foremost Native authors and storytellers.

Richard Wagamese has been a success in every genre of writing he has tried. As a published author he won the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction for his third novel Dream Wheels, in 2007 and the Alberta Writers Guild Best Novel Award for his debut novel, Keeper'n Me in 1994.

An Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northwestern Ontario, Wagamese shares the traditions and teachings of his people in his many novels including the critically acclaimed memoir entitled For Joshua: An Ojibway Father Teaches His Son. In 2012, his novel Indian Horse was winner of the CBC Canada Reads People’s Choice award and a year later won the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature.

Working as a professional writer since 1979 Richard Wagamese has been a newspaper columnist and reporter, radio and television broadcaster and producer, and documentary producer. He became the first Native Canadian to win a National Newspaper Award for Column Writing in 1991. 

Schedule of All Events
(Bolded items are Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival presentations)

Friday, October 21 2016

9:00 AM Conference Registration opens
10:00 – 11:30 AM Ânskohk workshop: Twenty-first Century Tell-a-vision (Admission by donation)
11:30 – 1:00 PM Ânskohk Lunch with Keynote Richard Wagamese
1:00 – 2:15 PM Saying I Do: Seeing Yourself as a Writer (In partnership with Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival
Randy Lundy, Dennis Cooley, Suzette Mayr, Harold Johnson
2:30 – 3:30 PM My-Opia: Writing as Resistence Presented by Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival
Randy Lundy, Curtis Peeteetuce
2:30 – 3:30 PM Tunnel vision: Writing and travel
Shelley Banks, Lisa Guenther; Neil, Saskatchewanderer
3:45 – 4:45 PM On the Lookout: Observation by Poetry
Carla Braidek, Dennis Cooley
3:45 – 5:00 PM Visual Acuity: When to Show and Tell
Suzette Mayr, Lauren Carter
5:00 – 6:00 PM Saskatchewan Aboriginal Literature Circle Inc (SAWCI) Annual General Meeting
6:00 – 7:00 PM Supper on your own
7:30 – 8:30 PM Heath Lecture Everything in the Universe is Story and So are You and I
Harold Johnson
8:45 – 11:15 PM Open Mic/Social

Saturday, October 22, 2016

9:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m. Community Engagement with Flo Frank
10:15 a.m.—11:45 a.m. Workshops–See Sawing: Tottering with Poetry and Fiction
Suzette Mayr, Dennis Cooley
12:00 p.m.—1:30 p.m. John V. Hicks Luncheon
2:00 p.m. SWG AGM

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