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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!

Our Heartfelt Thank You to Our Sponsors

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