When tea&bannock started to take shape, a huge portion of the blog was about these two main thoughts –
how do we create community, and
how do we give back to community?
The idea of helping others and working with others has always been a part of Indigenous ideology when it comes to business and artists, I find. And this was a structure that I wanted to cultivate within tea&bannock.
That’s where mentoring came into play. All the main artists of the blog are talented, creative individuals with different skills. They have so much to offer to those around them. Mentoring was a way to reach out and help others reach their potential – and this could be done in many, many ways. From a one-on-one meeting, from assisting in a shot – to teaching basic how to in an editing program, to listening and offering constructive pointers.
Each main writer has an opportunity and obligation to reach out and mentor an aspiring artist/community in some way throughout this year. It can be done on a personal one on one level to something as wide reaching as posting a YouTube tutorial. The creativity and opportunity is there to give back, and I’m excited to see how we all take advantage of that.
– tenille campbell
“Elicia and Her Ignited Spirit” – Elicia Sutherland blogs about her mentoring session with Tenille Campbell
“Animal Traits and Inspiration” – Caroline Blechert blogs about being mentored by Yamilla
“Finding Power Through Friendship and Mentorship” – Tanis Worme reflects on her apprenticeship position with Joi T Arcand while shooting the second edition of “The Beautiful NDN Supermaidens (TM)”
“Kitchen Table Talks” – Jessica Woods meets with her mentor, Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh, for an interview