Kidsfest's Indigenous Showcase Initiative
Start date: 24 May, 2017
End date: 27 May, 2017
This project will bring two Canadian indigenous presentations to the 2017 Festival: The Git Hayetsk Dancers and We Are All Treaty People.
The Git Hayetsk Dancers are from the Nisga'a, Tsimshian and Gitxsan Nations. Git Hayetsk means the people of the copper shield in Sm'algyaz, the language spoken by the three nations. These dancers perform the art of their ancestors and create new songs and dances to reflect their contemporary experiences in both English and Sm'algyax. Their performance is aimed at kindergarten to grade six.
We Are All Treaty People is a production by Quest Theatre and Making Treaty Seven Cultural
Society, both from Calgary. This is an issues-based theatrical performance with live music that
tells a story of friendship between an indigenous and non-indigenous girl through songs, prayers,
creative movement and puppetry to promote healing and inspire positive cross-cultural
relationships. The performance is aimed at grades four to six.
The Alberta Government focused on indigenous awareness in 2016 as well as increased emphasis on First Nations, Metis and Inuit across Alberta Ed curriculum. Simultaneously, The Calgary Board of Education identified the need for increased indigenous experience offerings for elementary schools. The goal of bringing these two groups to the Festival is to increase awareness and engagement around indigenous issues and peoples in an inclusive and accessible way outside of the formal classroom environment.
Nature of the Project Reach
This initiative will engage indigenous and non-indigenous youth and their families in Calgary and the surrounding area.
To increase awareness and engagement around indigenous issues and peoples in an inclusive and accessible way outside of
the formal classroom environment.