As a second language learner of Cree, there is so much to work through in terms of shame, anger and trauma due to the violent interruption colonization had on our languages. The camp provided a safe and nourishing environment to reconnect with the language with likeminded friends who are now family.
maskéko-sákahikanihk. This summer, I took a four day intensive néhiyawéwin class. I'm learning my language, slowly. This class was the beginning of a commitment to push myself further towards this goal. I live in Ottawa now, but I'm a prairie girl through and through. Going back home is a necessity in staying grounded and connected… Continue reading The Place Where My Spirit Breathes
My favourite thing about Tea & Bannock is sharing the work of artists I come across on my travels. On my recent trip to Dawson City, Yukon I met Tr'ondek Hwech'in artist Tamika Knutson, a summer student at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. She showed me some of her jewellery work inspired by the… Continue reading Feature Artist: Tamika Knutson
On June 30, I opened my solo exhibition Through That Which Is Scene at ODD Gallery in Dawson City. I left Ottawa on June 22 and had a stop-over in Whitehorse. It was my first time experiencing the "Land of the Midnight Sun" so close to the solstice and it was truly amazing! The next morning… Continue reading Grain Elevators & The Midnight Sun
I'm calling this #ThrowbackThursday because it's Thursday and this is a throwback to 5 years ago when I got to go to Dawson City, Yukon for a 5 week residency at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. Next week, I'm heading back for a solo exhibition at ODD Gallery showing some work I created during that residency and I… Continue reading #ThrowbackThursday
Right now, I'm preparing for an exhibition and all I can see around me are pieces of a collection that's been steadily growing over my whole life. Toys, cameras, toy cameras, ViewMasters, postcards and other ephemera that I feel is important to hang onto. This particular collection of vintage toys and miniatures make up a diorama installation… Continue reading Reconstructing Memories