INDIGENOUS STORYTELLING MONTH
First Nations people have long passed on knowledge from generation to generation through oral traditions, including storytelling. Storytelling is a traditional method used to teach about cultural beliefs, values, customs, rituals, history, practices, relationships, and ways of life. First Nations storytelling is a foundation for holistic learning, relationship building, and experiential learning. Traditionally, it is during the winter months that First Nations storytelling occurs.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SICC will be hosting virtual storytelling sessions. Storytelling sessions will be available on our website throughout the entire month of February.
2022 FEATURED STORYTELLERS:
Randy Morin comes from the mistahi sipiy or Big River First Nation located on Treaty 6 territory in central Saskatchewan. Randy's love of storytelling came from growing up and hearing many stories from his community and elders. Randy is now a gifted storyteller and is an author of 3 childrens books that are written both Cree and English and all come with Cree audio. He is a fluent Cree speaker and is a father of 3 and lives in Saskatoon where he is a faculty member with the department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
(Lorena) Lynn Cote is an ānihšināpēhkwē from Cote First Nation. She is a mother of 4 sons and grandmother of 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. She obtained a BA of Saulteaux Language Studies, a MA in Canadian Plains Research and is co-author of the text Mācī-anihšināpēmowin: Beginning Saulteaux (2020). Lynn is an Assistant Professor at First Nations University of Canada where she teaches the Saulteaux language, history, culture and literature.
Darwin Atcheynum is from Sweet Grass First Nation, and is self-employed as an artist. Much of Darwin’s art is inspired by stories and teachings from the past. Darwin believes in preserving his Cree heritage through his artwork and the way he lives his life, and continuously gives thanks to the Creator for the talents he has been given. Darwin will be sharing Cree stories, along with some of his artwork.