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"Weaving Baskets of Knowledge" Conference 2019

SET 1 Friday June 7th Sessions 90 minutes 1:00pm

SET 1 Friday June 7th Sessions 90 minutes 1:00pm

1a. Protocols of Telling Indigenous Stories 

NOTE: This workshop is now FULL
With Imelda Perley and Ramona Nicholas
Friday June 7th, 1pm to 2:30pm (English and Wolastoqey)

This session will offer insight into interpretation and telling of Indigenous stories. How does translation and transliteration weave meaning into the stories? What is respectful storytelling? How do you acknowledge the origin and culture of story and the storyteller? Wolastoqey stories will be shared.

Participants suited for this workshop are: all levels

About Imelda Perley
Imelda Perley (Opolahsomuwehs) is Wolastoqew (Maliseet) from Tobique First Nation, St. Mary’s First Nation and Houlton Band of Maliseets (United States). Imelda holds a B.A. and an M.Ed. both from the University of New Brunswick and is the Elder-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick. She is a fluent speaker of Maliseet, her first language. Imelda teaches Maliseet language and Wabanaki Worldview courses at University of New Brunswick and University of Maine. She also co-teaches a Native Studies module at Saint Thomas University. She is founder and coordinator of the Wolastoq Language and Culture Centers Inc., situated at Tobique and St. Mary’s First Nations. The primary purpose of each center is to promote Wolastoq language, culture, traditions, world views, and ceremonies. Each center also conducts workshops that provide information pertaining to history, social, economic, political, and cultural conditions of Wolastoq communities. Imelda remains active in promoting cross-cultural awareness sessions within the public domain. Her traditional roles within the community include Sweatlodge Keeper, Medicine Wheel Teacher, Sacred Pipe Carrier, and Keeper of the Women’s Ceremonies (e.g. Puberty, Naming and Fasting). She is a cultural advisor for community organizations, provincial and federal agencies. Her acquisition of traditional knowledge from the Elders and other cultural teachers has prompted her to remain active in environmental and cultural issues.

About Ramona Nicholas

Ramona Nicholas is from Nekutkuk. She learned how to make baskets just over 20 years ago from Victor Bear. Her grandparents, Connie Bernard and William “Nick” Nicholas, were also basket makers and it is where she draws her talent. Although she loves making baskets, it is not her full time work. She studied at St. Thomas University for her BA. Her major was Native Studies and Anthropology. She continued with her education to get a MA at UNB with her focus on Archaeology. A few years ago she recreated a museum exhibit at the Fredericton Region Museum called the Wabanaki Way, this inspired her to once again continue her education and is currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Ph. D program at UNB. Her creativity and spirituality brings balance to her ever evolving life. 

1b. A Shovel Full of Silver and a Spade Full of Gold: Grants and the Canada Council for the Arts
with Jennifer Cayley and guest, Stephanie Azoulay, Literature Program Officer, CCA

Friday June 7th, 1pm to 2:30pm (English and French)

NOTE: This workshop is now FULL

Canada Council staff unravel the mysteries of applying for grants. Canada Council grants can help storytellers to access in-depth professional development opportunities, develop and create new work, and get that work out to the public.

Participants: Professional artists

About Jennifer Cayley

Jennifer Cayley has been telling stories professionally across Canada and beyond, for more than a quarter century. Her repertoire includes traditional, epic, literary, historical and personal material. She has also been an award-winning arts administrator and advocate, working primarily with arts education and storytelling.

About Stephanie Azoulay 

Stephanie is a Literature Program Officer in the Explore and Create program at the Canada Council for the Arts. She has been an arts administrator for eight years, working on a wide variety of programs, including the Public Lending Right program and the Governor General’s Literary Awards.


1c. Fairy tale workshops for children and adults: Experiences of a storyteller-in-residence

with Ronald Labelle

Friday June 7th, 1pm to 2:30pm (English and French)

NOTE: This workshop is now FULL

In one workshop, children were invited to use their imagination to expand on fairy tales, and the second activity invited adults to enter the fairy world, so they could learn to tell tales to children without simply reading from books. This workshop will be illustrated with an example of a classic tale.

Participants: All levels

About Ronald Labelle
Ronald Labelle is a specialist of Acadian traditional culture. In 2011, he curated an exhibit held at the Musée acadien in Moncton, entitled The Art of Storytelling in Acadie. Now living in Cape Breton, he has been Storyteller-in-residence at the Cape Breton Regional Library since 2014, and has been involved with the “Isle of Story” festival since its creation in 2017.

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