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2019 Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival

NOV

21-23

Saskatoon

Save the Dates

2019 ÂNSKOHK ABORIGINAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL

The Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival was created to showcase the diversity of writing by Aboriginal authors, to educate the general population about the richness of Aboriginal literature, and to promote further understanding of Aboriginal peoples. The Ânskohk Festival is designed to appeal to a broad audience.

2019 ÂNSKOHK ABORIGINAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Saskatoon, SK

Thursday, November 21, 2019

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Billy-Ray Belcourt, Louise Halfe, and Joshua Whitehead: The Idea of “Home” in Your Writing

Panel Discussion with moderator, Tenille Campbell

at GORDON OAKES CENTRE, U OF S CAMPUS

Free Admission!

Reception to Follow

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Break
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: CELEBRATING OUR STORY-IORS

Fiddle Music: Tristen Durocher
Rubaboo and bannock
Opening prayer
Honour song
Remembering Gregory Younging
Dessert and discussion with SK Indigenous authors with new books!
Harold Johnson, Carol Rose GoldenEagle, Curtis Peeteetuce, Marlene McKay, Randy Lundy, Wilfred Burton, Leah Dorion, Margaret Harrison, Mika Lafond, Grain Indigenous Writers and Storytellers Issue, and many more!

Feature Readings:
Indigenous Poets Society
Randy Lundy, author of Blackbird Song

at STATION 20 WEST

Admission By Donation

Friday, November 22, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Author Talk and Reading—High School Visits

Billy-Ray Belcourt
Joshua Whitehead
Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Closed Event

11:00 AM: DOORS OPEN—Roxy Theatre

LUNCH SERVED
All Welcome!
Join us for the Saskatoon launch of:
Performing Turtle Island: Indigenous Performance on the World Stage
Edited by Jesse Archibald-Barber, Kathleen Irwin, and Moira J. Day

Featuring readings by Carol Greyeyes and Moira J. Day

at ROXY THEATRE

Free Admission!

Launch of Performing Turtle Island: Indigenous Theatre on the World Stage
Edited by Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber, Kathleen Irwin, and Moira J. Day
University of Regina Press

Following the Final Report on Truth and Reconciliation, Performing Turtle Island investigates theatre as a tool for community engagement, education, and resistance.

Understanding Indigenous cultures as critical sources of knowledge and meaning, each essay addresses issues that remind us that the way to reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous peoples is neither straightforward nor easily achieved. Comprised of multidisciplinary and diverse perspectives, Turtle Island considers performance as both a means to self-empowerment and self-determination, and a way of placing Indigenous performance in dialogue with other nations, both on the lands of Turtle Island and on the world stage.

NOON: Opening and Welcome Remarks
12:30 PM: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

by Tasha Hubbard
Documentary Film Screening
sponsored by Amiskusees Semaganis Worme Family Foundation
with host: Verna St. Denis

at ROXY THEATRE

Admission by Donation

On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.

Best Canadian Feature
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada (2019)

Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary
DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2019)

Official Selection
FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2019)

Official Selection
Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta (2019)

Official Selection
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada (2019)

2:30 – 3:30 PM: PANEL DISCUSSION

Following the screening of the film, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, a panel of Indigenous journalists will discuss issues raised
Doug Cuthand, Betty Ann Adam, and John Lagimodiere
with moderator: Verna St. Denis

at ROXY THEATRE

3:45 – 4:45 PM: W/RITES BLAST

Public Reading
A short and sweet two-minute taste each of Ânskohk Festival writers’ work
Joshua Whitehead
Garry Thomas Morse
Tenille Campbell
Louise Halfe
Randy Lundy
Carol Rose GoldenEagle
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Indigenous Poets Society
Curtis Peeteetuce
And Many More!

at ROXY THEATRE

Free Admission!

5:00 – 6:00 PM: SAWCI Annual General Meeting

All Welcome

at FARMERS’ MARKET

Supper on your own
6:30 PM: DOORS OPEN

at FARMERS’ MARKET

7:00 PM: ANSKOHK FESTIVAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Billy-Ray Belcourt

at FARMERS’ MARKET

Admission by Donation

8:00 – 9:00 PM: OPEN MIC

Sign up to read your work!
Emcee: Tenille Campbell

at FARMERS’ MARKET

Free Admission!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

9:00 – 10:30 AM: Billy-Ray Belcourt, Louise Halfe, and Joshua Whitehead: The Idea of “Home” in Your Writing

Panel Discussion with moderator, Tenille Campbell

at STATION 20 WEST

Admission by Donation

Joshua Whitehead: “Writing With the Body”: A workshop that asks its participants to think of their body in relations, here body meaning: land, water, self, text, so as to explore character and structure in more meaningful ways so as to open even the tiniest of etchings, markings, stretching, or scars into hinterlands of narrative.

10:45 AM – NOON: RESIDENCY W/RITES

Fieldnotes of an Indigenous Writer in Residence

Garry Thomas Morse, Curtis Peeteetuce, and Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Panel Discussion with moderator Louise Halfe

at STATION 20 WEST

Admission by Donation

NOON – 1:00 PM: LUNCH
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Joshua Whitehead

“Making Love With the Land”: A brief exploration of my new manuscript which details the land as queer Indigenous pedagogy through a nêhiyaw lens intersected with mental health and queerness.

at STATION 20 WEST

Admission by Donation

AFTERNOON: CONCURRENT EVENTS
1:15 – 2:30 PM: NATURE W/RITES

Poetry Workshop
with Randy Lundy

at STATION 20 WEST

Admission by Donation

This workshop will include discussion of what we might mean when we use terms such as “nature,” “nature poetry,” and/or “nature writing,” and what might be the relationship between the terms “write” and “rite” when thinking about “nature”? We will also do some directed writing, informed by our discussion.

1:15 – 2:30 PM: Indigenous Poets Society: Panel Discussion and Workshop.

at STATION 20 WEST

Admission by Donation

Hosted by Axis, poetik, and ecoaborijanelle of the Saskatoon Indigenous Poets Society, this session will explore the journey of an Indigenous spoken word poet and the importance of spoken word as practice in reclaiming culture and poetic arts. Participants should also be prepared to explore creative approaches to build comfort and skill in writing and spoken word performance art. Our session is for poets who want to explore their use of voice and performance elements to strengthen their craft. Although we will bring extra supplies, we encourage participants to bring their poetry books or devices with your poetry, plus a pen.

1:15 – 2:30 PM: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
director Tasha Hubbard
Documentary Film Screening
hosted by Carol Rose GoldenEagle
at ST. GEORGE’S SENIOR CITIZEN’S CENTRE

Admission by Donation

On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.

Best Canadian Feature
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada (2019)

Colin Low Award for Canadian Documentary
DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2019)

Official Selection
FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2019)

Official Selection
Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta (2019)

Official Selection
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada (2019)

2:45 – 4:00 PM: REFLECTIONS on nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
Writing workshop
Facilitated by Carol Rose GoldenEagle
at ST. GEORGE’S SENIOR CITIZEN’S CENTRE
2:45 – 4:00 PM: PLAY W/RITES

Storytelling Pasts, Presents & Futures
Playwriting workshop
with Curtis Peeteetuce

at STATION 20 WEST

Admission by Donation

This workshop involves excerpts from Peeteetuce’s past and new works with references to Cree culture and classics such as Shakespeare and Socrates. Audience members will be welcome to contribute, as well as sit and listen. The objective is to consider what is storytelling for future generations.

2:45 – 4:00 PM: FICTION W/RITES

Fiction workshop
with Garry Thomas Morse

at STATION 20 WEST

Admission by Donation

Notable prairie poet and novelist Garry Thomas Morse will discuss Principles of Writing based on his years of experience as a writer and an editor. The workshop will offer excerpts from Morse’s experimental fiction and creative prompts to reinvigorate the writing projects of attendees.

4:00 PM:

Safe Travels!

2017 Ânskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival

OCT

19-21

Saskatoon

Save the Dates

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

Download Festival Program

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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