INDIGENizeUS – Part 6

By Lindy Kinoshameg, YPT Community Engagement Facilitator

About INDIGENizeUS:  During YPT’s 2017/18 Season, the entire staff participated in INDIGENizeUS workshops created by Lindy Kinoshameg and Leslie McCue that focused on Indigenous relations, raising cultural awareness, and exploring individual reconciliation. Learning began around the seven sacred teachings of Respect, Bravery, Humility, Love, Honesty, Wisdom, and Truth. The intention behind the workshop series is to hear stories from Indigenous artists/elders and participate in traditions first-hand. It is our hope that programs such as this will begin building a bridge between nations and help take the first steps toward reconciliation. To read INDIGENizeUS – Part 1, click here.

The grandfather teaching of LOVE is based on viewing your inner-self from the perspective of all teachings, and from the notion that each of us must love ourselves truly. From this, the notion of “loving ourselves before we can love others” came to mind. So we thought this would be the perfect time to reflect on what it truly means to be ‘Canadian’, and to move forward with a deeper understanding of where we come from in terms of what has actually transpired on these lands over the past 150 years and the legacy of colonization that endures.

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The Pulse of Applied Theatre

By Dennis D. Gupa, PhD Candidate Applied Theatre | Department of Theatre University of Victoria & YPT Scholar in Residence

From my Field notes: Entering the Community, Re-imagining the Future, and the Pulse of Applied Theatre

My doctoral project focuses on climate change, indigenous knowledge, and sea rituals in coastal communities in the Philippines. I am interested in how community members particularly local elders who inhabit the coast tell their stories on the impact of strong weather events in their lives and their practice of traditional ecological knowledge. The research methodology that I am using is applied theatre-as-research, which is an innovative process of engaging the involved informants and the communities. It employs cutting-edge technique in executing a research that is both artistic and highly collaborative.

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INDIGENizeUS – Part 5

By Lindy Kinoshameg, YPT Community Engagement Facilitator

About INDIGENizeUS:  During YPT’s 2017/18 Season, the entire staff participated in INDIGENizeUS workshops created by Lindy Kinoshameg and Leslie McCue that focused on Indigenous relations, raising cultural awareness, and exploring individual reconciliation. Learning began around the seven sacred teachings of Respect, Bravery, Humility, Love, Honesty, Wisdom, and Truth. The intention behind the workshop series is to hear stories from Indigenous artists/elders and participate in traditions first-hand. It is our hope that programs such as this will begin building a bridge between nations and help take the first steps toward reconciliation. To read INDIGENizeUS – Part 1, click here.

We are crossing the halfway mark of INDIGENizeUS, and we are approaching an impactful and reflective time for me. As well as working at YPT, I am a Prairie Chicken dancer, and have done many dance, and arts facilitation workshops and performances with Leslie McCue across Turtle Island (North America) for over 10 years. Leslie, amongst many things, is a Traditional and Jingle Dress dancer. We always have fun; we work well together; and we have been partners for over 14 years. Leslie has been my guiding light ever since I met her. She is kind-hearted, generous with her spirit and energy, knowledgeable and intuitive. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her and I can’t say enough about her. While I’m the one writing the blog, she has been my collaborative partner throughout the entire process of INDIGENizeUS.

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Existing Out Loud in a Theatre

By Charlie Temmpleton-Smith, YPT Co-op Student

The only place I feel as comfortable as I am on stage is sitting behind a desk in Young People’s Theatre’s office. Being out as a transgender person can often feel like I’m putting myself on display and open to judgement, which is only exacerbated by being a person in the arts. This can cause a great deal of stress, but these are incredibly important aspects of who I am. What makes having a co-op placement here so refreshing is that these are just accepted parts of life.

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INDIGENizeUS – Part 4

By Lindy Kinoshameg, YPT Community Engagement Facilitator

About INDIGENizeUS:  During YPT’s 2017/18 Season, the entire staff participated in INDIGENizeUS workshops created by Lindy Kinoshameg and Leslie McCue that focused on Indigenous relations, raising cultural awareness, and exploring individual reconciliation. Learning began around the seven sacred teachings of Respect, Bravery, Humility, Love, Honesty, Wisdom, and Truth. The intention behind the workshop series is to hear stories from Indigenous artists/elders and participate in traditions first-hand. It is our hope that programs such as this will begin building a bridge between nations and help take the first steps toward reconciliation. To read INDIGENizeUS – Part 1, click here.

I started each workshop with an introduction in my language, Ojibway:  Boozhoo, Aanii, Lindy Kinoshameg diishinikaaz, Wiikwemikoong, minwaa doganning doonjibaa, Ginozhe dodem [Greetings, Hello, my name is Lindy Kinoshameg from South Bay on Wikwemikong First Nation, and I’m from the Pike Clan] – followed by a personal land acknowledgment that came from the heart each time. I then gave an overview of the program, but more so on how to accept the information being given to them and to let it become a part of their personal knowledge. One thing I didn’t want people to feel was that they were forced into being there or being told ‘what you learn here on this date must be enacted henceforth by order of your majesty…’. No. That model has been done (residential school) and I’m not going that route. These workshops were an opportunity for each participant to take a personal journey, to listen as an individual, and not as an employee of the oldest professional theatre company in Canada.

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