Aboriginal Storytelling Month 2019

Each year, SPL joins other communities across Saskatchewan in celebrating Aboriginal Storytelling Month throughout February. We would like to the many storytellers who have so graciously agreed to share their gifts and wisdom with our community, as well as Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples Inc (LSSAP), who have helped support these programs. 

Some Travel & Culture programs are also screening Indigenous-related films throughout February. For more information on these programs, please refer to the Program Guide (online or pickup a copy at any branch) or view the online events calendar

Storytelling Programs

Drumming & Stories with Carol Rose Daniels
All ages, under 6 with an adult
Join us for traditional drumming and storytelling. Carol is a novelist, poet, artist, musician, and storyteller. A CD of women’s drum songs, on which Carol was featured, was recently nominated for a Prairie Music Award. Carol is Cree & Dené with roots in Sandy Bay, SK. 

Frances Morrison Central Library
Friday / Feb 8 / 4 – 5 pm

Round Prairie Branch
Saturday / Feb 9 / 10:30 –11:30 am

Storytelling with Joseph Naytowhow
All ages, under 6 with an adult
Join us for a journey of discovery with Joseph Naytowhow, a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller, and actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. He is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs. He received the 2018 Saskatchewan Arts Board Award for Arts & Learning.

Dr. Freda Ahenakew Branch
Saturday / Feb 16 / 11am –12 pm

Frances Morrison Central Library
Friday / Feb 15 / 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Storytelling with Dickie Yuzicapi
All ages, under 6 with an adult
As a storyteller, Dickie Yuzicapi recalls the stories impressed on him as a child, which featured creation, historic and comedic stories for all ages. He sings to honour his Indigenous cultures and the people from within them. 

Dr. Freda Ahenakew Branch
Saturday / Feb 23 / 11am –12 pm

Frances Morrison Central Library
Friday / Feb 22 / 2 – 3 pm

Puppet Shows

Rabbit & Bear Paws
All ages, under 6 with adult
Join Chad Solomon for a comical, educational and interactive puppet show that shares Indigenous wisdom with universal audiences. 

Cliff Wright Branch
Friday / Feb 15 / 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Frances Morrison Central Library
Thursday / Feb 14 / 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Station 20 West / 1120 20th St W
Wednesday / Feb 13 / 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Songs & Movement

Red River Jig Dance Party
All ages, under 6 with an adult
Dallas and Phil Boyer are joining us to provide the music for a special Family Dance Party. Anyone and everyone can come learn the Red River Jig, a
traditional Métis dance, with teachers from the Creeland Dancers.

Round Prairie Branch
Saturday / Feb 16 / 10:30 –11:15 am & 11:30 am –12:15 pm

Movies & Films

Wide Awake Film Series
Join us as we screen films by Indigenous filmmakers throughout February. Films presented in partnership with the National Film Board (NFB).

Frances Morrison Central Library
Wednesdays / Feb 6 – 27 / 7– 9 pm

The Road Forward / Feb 6
This musical documentary connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history — the beginnings of Indian nationalism in the 1930s —  with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.

Birth of a Family / Feb 13
In this deeply moving documentary, three sisters and a brother meet for the first time. Removed from their young Dene mother during the infamous Sixties
Scoop, they were separated as infants and adopted into families across North America.

Trick or Treaty / Feb 20
This feature documentary profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government.

This River & This Land / Feb 27
This River offers an Indigenous perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared. This Land recounts a 2,000-km expedition undertaken by seven rangers (both Inuit and non-Native) and a female filmmaker to raise a flag on the northernmost tip of Canadian soil, 412 km from the North Pole.

Wrap-Up Event

Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Wrap-up Workshop
A day-long mentorship workshop for experienced and emerging oral storytellers, facilitated by Joseph Naytowhow and co-facilitated by Maureen Belanger and Kevin MacKenzie. Register by phoning 306.381.5836.

Cliff Wright Branch
Friday / Mar 1 / 10 am