Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show is a flamboyant epic, constructed as a series of tableaux of the Métis in the Canadian West. It is a multilayered and entertaining saga loosely based on Buffalo Bill’s outdoor travelling show. In 1885, following the hanging of his friend Louis Riel, bison hunter Gabriel Dumont fled to the United States.
Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story, is a play written by Kim Senklip Harvey, a proud Nation member of the Syilx, and Tsilhqot'in with Ancestral ties to the Dakelh, Secwepemc and Ktunaxa communities. In Kamloopa, the largest Powwow on the West Coast, this high-energy Indigenous matriarchal story follows two urban Indigenous sisters and a lawless Trickster who face our postcolonial world head-on as they come to terms with what it means to honour who they are and where they come from. But how to go about discovering yourself when Christopher Columbus allegedly already did that?
Thanks for Giving is a play by Kevin Loring, a member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation in Lytton, B.C. and Nan’s family is home for Thanksgiving, but some unsolicited truths are about to be dropped at the dinner table. Old wounds and new realities collide, and sibling rivalry is stoked, but the enduring spirit that guides this family charges on, ever fierce. Thanks for Giving offers plenty to chew on.
‘Cottagers and Indians’ is about manoomin, an Anishnawbe ‘good seed’ planted around a lake and which stands above the waterline, but it is also about Gertie, Justin and Marie. The seed causes consternation with cottagers who argue that it is hampering swimming, fishing, boating and property values.
Kuei, My Friend: A Conversation on Race and Reconciliation was originally issued in French and this 2018 edition in English offers a unique exchange of communication between two Quebec individuals. Born in 1991, Natasha Kanape Fontaine is an Innu poet and multidisciplinary artist from the North Shore of Kebeq. In 2012, she became one of the voices of the Idle No More movement in Kebeq.
Bev Sellars was chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia, for more than 20 years, and she now serves as a member of its Council. Sellars was ï¬rst elected chief in 1987 and has spoken out on behalf of her community on racism and residential schools and on the environmental and social threats of mineral resource exploitation in her region.
Cerulean Blue is a comedic play about a struggling blues band invited to participate in a benefit concert for a First Nation community in conflict with governmental authorities. Upon arriving, the band discovers the entire lineup of musical acts has cancelled and they’re left trapped behind barricades. Complicating the matter, there is conflict within the band and the sudden appearance of an old girlfriend makes the event even more perilous. This play by Ojibwe playwright and author Drew Hayden Taylor is an homage to fast-moving farces while also addressing Aboriginal issues.
At its core, God and the Indian, by celebrated Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, explores the complex process of healing through dialogue. Loosely based on Death and the Maiden by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman, the play identifies the ambiguities that frame past traumatic events. Against the backdrop of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has facilitated the recent outpouring of stories from residential school survivors across the country, the play explores what is possible when the abused meets the abuser and is given a free forum for expression.
The (Post) Mistress is a new one-woman musical theatre work written and composed by Cree playwright, composer and classical pianist, Tomson Highway. The (Post) Mistress recounts the adventures of a small-town postmistress, Marie-Louise Faucon, who divines the contents of sealed letters that pass through her hands. Having worked at the same rural post office for many years (in the fictional northern Ontario town of Lovely, just west of copper mining town Complexity), the postmistress becomes deeply involved in the emotional lives of her clients.
They Called Me Number One is one of four shortlisted finalists in CODE's (Canadian Organization for Development through Education) 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Author Bev Sellars received 3rd prize for the 2014 Burt Award. They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at Indian Residential School by Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation Chief Bev Sellars is the poignant and gripping memoir of her life and education at the St. Joseph's Mission Residential School located at Williams Lake, British Columbia.