Johnny frontwoman teaches healing through song
THEBACHA/FORT SMITH - Twelve Fort Smith residents gathered at Aurora College on Feb. 19 to take part in a drum circle hosted by Johnnys frontwoman Veronica Johnny and Kyle Napier, manager of the Cree Language Program. Over the course of the one day event, Johnny and Napier led the group in drum songs, while teaching them about spirituality and traditional indigenous beliefs. The group also discussed the Cree teachings for the seven ways of healing: laughing, talking, crying, singing, screaming, sleeping and dancing.
The art of beading
THEBACHA/FORT SMITH - Youth can get in on some crafting action yet again this Thursday at Uncle Gabe's Friendship Centre. The group has been getting together for the past three weeks to make beaded earrings and it will be meeting again on March 5 to continue with their work. Anyone ages 10 to 24 can join the group. The workshop, which is being facilitated by Jenna Daniels, will take place in the centre's gym at 6:30 p.m.
Pictures tell a thousand Northern stories
INUVIK - The Arctic Image Festival will be rolling out in Inuvik from March 13 to 15. The festival displays iconic images of the North through various exhibits. The festival will also provide photography workshops led by photographers Peter Mather and Maja Swannie Jacob along with other locals in the field. The workshops topics range from beginner classes for youth to wildlife, portraiture and mobile photography for those looking to take their art to the next level. The festival is set to take place at East Three Secondary School.
Iqaluit celebrates Black History Month
IQALUIT - African artifacts, fashion, music, poetry, dance, food and more warmed up the North last week. In celebration of Black History Month, Iqaluit's Royal Canadian Legion had a variety show Feb. 22 that included different aspects of the traditional African arts scene.
Australia gets look into the North
CAPE DORSET - On the other side of the world, Australians got a taste of Cape Dorset Feb. 16 with the showing of Kinngait: Riding Light Into the World. The movie, filmed in 2010, tells the story of how Cape Dorset became the artistic centre of Nunavut. The film is directed by Annette Mangaard and produced by David Craig.
Ontario choir head North
IQALUIT - A gala was set to take place in Ottawa Feb. 28 to raise funds for a trip to Iqaluit.
Ottawa Children's Choir intends to travel to the Nunavut capital in May to share music with youth. During the choir's one week stay in Iqaluit, they will be joined by Inuksuk Drum Dancers to lead workshops in schools and participate in community events. In June, the drum dancers will pay a visit to Ottawa.