Shift: dialogues of migration in contemporary art

Shift: dialogues of migration in contemporary art will bring artists, curators and communities together to discuss how contemporary artists, institutions and audiences are responding in new ways to complex issues of indigenous and non-indigenous migrations of people.

Presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and artists' projects will address a range of issues such as: immigration; indigenous migrations and displacements; cultural translation; language crossings; transcultural collaboration, and others.

Presented by the Strandline Curatorial Collective and the Mackenzie Art Gallery April 8-10, 2011.

3-day registration symposium registration fee is $90 Canadian. For students, seniors and under-employed, the fee is $70. Registration fee includes 3-day symposium, plus continental breakfasts, lunches and refreshments.

Co-sponsors: Sâkêwêwak Artists' Collective, Neutral Ground, and Common Weal Community Arts.

Funders: Saskatchewan Arts Board, City of Regina, Canada Council for the Arts, Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Lotteries, SaskCulture.

Sâkêwêwak is presenting two screenings in conjunction with the Shift Symposium:

(post)Colonial Stress Disorder, curated by Wanda Nanibush and featuring works by Thirza Cuthand, Danis Goulet, Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Ariel Smith, Nadia Myre and Cherie Valentina Stocken.

Uprooted - Always Rooted, curated by Aleyna Morin and featuring works by Jim Agapito & Ervin Chartrand, Dustinn Craig, Danis Goulet, and Wab Kinew.

Shift symposium main site can be found by clicking here


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La Nostalgia Remix

Performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and James Luna

Co-presented by Tribe, Neutral Ground, and Sâkêwêwak

Admission: $10.00
Monday March 14th, 2011, 8 PM
424 20th Street West
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Admission: $10.00
Thursday March 17th, 2011, 8 PM
Neutral Ground
2nd Floor, 1856 Scarth Street
Regina, Saskatchewan

Since the early 1990s, conceptual artist James Luna and performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña have worked on an ongoing project titled The Shame-man meets El Mexican't, in which they challenge assumptions and lazy thinking about ethnicity and culture in our society with a strong dose of melancholic humour and sharp-edged conceptualism. By using performance, writing, photography and video, the artists have remained flexible and relevant to our shifting culture.

La Nostalgia Remix is the last project in The Shame-man… series, which was launched in 2007 and uses nostalgia as style, a form of resistance and reinvention. Remix is a series of live performances that explore the cultural, symbolic and iconographic dimensions of nostalgia both on the Native American "rez" and in the Chicano "barrio."

James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseno) resides on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County San Diego, California. Luna’s exhibition and performance experience spans 30 years. His installations have been described as transforming gallery spaces into battlefields, where the audience is confronted with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation, and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations, all from an Indigenous perspective.

Performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña resides in San Francisco, where he is artistic director of La Pocha Nostra, a "trans-disciplinary arts organization that provides a base for a loose network and forum of rebel artists from various disciplines, generations and ethnic backgrounds".

This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskLotteries, and the City of Regina


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Artist Talk - Thursday February 3, 12 pm - First Nations University of Canada Gallery (1 First Nations Way)

Performance and Reception - Friday February 4, 7 pm - First Nations University of Canada Gallery 

About the performance & exhibition: For his latest performance & gallery exhibition, Terrance Houle draws inspiration from his Blackfoot name, Iinniiwahkiimah. Translated into English as Buffalo Herder, the work is emblematic of Houle’s prolific and provocative body of work. Throughout his career, Houle has employed at his discretion performance, photography, video/film, music, painting and tools of mass market dissemination including billboards and vinyl bus advertisements, to amplify and investigate issues of colonization, racism, cultural difference and the representation of Aboriginal people in popular culture.

About Terrance Houle: Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Terrance received his BFA in 2003. Terrance received the 2006 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award presented at the Mayors Luncheon for the Arts, City of Calgary, and best experimental film at the 2004 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival. His work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, Australia, Europe, and Colombia. Recently, Terrance’s work was represented in his first major solo exhibition GIVN’R, presented by Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The retrospective has toured eastern Canada and features works in film, video, performance, installation, mixed media, and photography between 2003-2009. Terrance lives and maintains his art practice in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.



one + one

December 4, 2010 - Neutral Ground - #203-1856 Scarth Street

Curtain Razors in collaboration with Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective, is pleased to present One + One, a deconstruction and exposition of rehearsal, creation, and process coming from a personal reflection on politics, culture, and revolutionary activity within this time, day, and age.

Through a series of structural improvisations we will witness how image and sound pervade and support space, waiting, setting up, rehearsing a moment with a crew and an actress documenting and interviewing while nature flows in and out; all shadowed by the Black Panthers, and Godard's muse Eve Democracy who is based on the Greek character Echo from the Narcissus myth.

One + One is a collaboration between Michele Sereda and Elwood Jimmy. Influenced by Godard’s film Sympathy for the Devil (originally titled One Plus One) the performance was conceived in response to  The Godard Project, a four-month city-wide festival of Godardian research, performances, exhibitions and screenings in celebration of Godard’s 80th birthday.

Presented in partnership with Neutral Ground in conjunction with the Godard Project.




image courtesy of artist's website

Sâkêwêwak is pleased to be hosting interdisciplinary artist Terrance Houle in a media arts residency from November 22nd through 29th, 2010.

Terrance is an internationally recognized artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout Canada and the United States to participating in powwow dancing and other native ceremonies. Terrance began his art career at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1995. After a 2-year hiatus, he returned to his studies in 2000. In 2003 he graduated with a BFA in Fibre. He has developed an extensive portfolio that ranges from painting and drawing to video/film, mixed media, performance and installation. His works have been shown in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and internationally in Australia, England and Colombia. For more information on Terrance, check out his website at

Call for participants for Terrance Houle project

An ongoing video project Terrance has been working is “All for You”, a feature length video work chronicling residential school attendees' favorite place and/or space.  While Terrance is here, he would really like to work with residential school attendees in the creation of short (about a minute) video portraits chronicling their favorite place and/or space.  If you or someone you know may be interested in participating, please contact Sakewewak’s office through email at or through telephone at 780-9485.

The ‘All For You” video project can be seen on the internet at:




Live Cinematic Performance

Saturday, November 20, 8:00 pm

"A Weekend in Alphaville" - Bruce LaBruce in collaboration with Robin Poitras and Edward Poitras, performance Ziyian Kwan.

Presented by Neutral Ground and Soil Digital Media Suite.

Queer City Cinema, partner organization; Sâkêwêwak Artists' Collective, Saskatchewan Filmpool Co-operative and Rouge-gorge for co-sponsorship.

In a futuristic, fascist society, a car made of organic material hits a mechanical deer dislodging its spirit from its body. The driver of the car engages with the spirit deer through a series of dialogues, dances, and musical interludes, a kind of Pas de Deux between the organic and the mechanical, between the spirit and the flesh, between nature and culture, between the past and the future.
-Bruce LaBruce




Host Annie Brass is Saulteaux-Cree from Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. She excels in her abilities to promote healing and recovery while having fun. Whether it's through a participating in a workshop or enjoying a Stand-up Comedy routine, your experience is sure to be memorable and is sure to leave you smiling.


Lori Blondeau is a Cree/Saulteaux/Métis artist and curator based in Saskatoon. She is a co-founder and the current director of TRIBE, one of Canada’s most innovative and exciting Aboriginal arts organizations. Blondeau’s performance, photo, and media-based work has been presented nationally and internationally. She is currently completing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. 

Michel Boutin is a practicing artist and arts educator originally from Redvers, Saskatchewan. Michel is a Canadien/Metis whose artwork explores themes of assimilation and authority. The work employs an iconoclastic low-brow aesthetic incorporating iconography and traditional art styles reflecting his cultural roots. He graduated from the University of Regina in 19965 with a BFA in sculpture/drawing and has been exhibiting regularly since 1990.

Modeste Mckenzie is 16 years old and currently lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He considers himself a Dene Métis from the Deninukue First Nation in the North West Territories. Modeste was taught to jig by Yvonne Chartrand of Vancouver’s Compaigni V’ni Dansi, and Maria Campbell of Fire Weed Productions, and has been jigging for three years. Modeste is dedicated to sharing his love for traditional Métis jigging with others.

Dallas Boyer is A 21 Year Old Metis & Old Time Fiddle Player From Saskatoon, accompanied on guitar by his father Phil Boyer. They play traditional music all around Saskatchewan. Dallas began learning fiddle at the age of 9 and learned from many fiddle players including Lenny Dumont, Evarette Larson & John Arcand. Dallas got the chance to attend the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies where he represented his Metis culture dancing in the Athletes Parade. Recently, Dallas & Phil attended Back To Batoche Days in July 2010 where they performed a number of times with Master Fiddler Darren Lavallee and his band, and also won Metis Got Talent where they got the opportunity to open for country singer Michelle Wright.

Alison Kimbley is working toward the completion of her education degree at the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher's Education Program. She has been involved in RUAS (Regina Urban Aboriginal Strategy) for three years and now is the co chair. She is also the vice president of the Indigenous Students Association. She is involved in dance in Regina dancing with the Riel Reeler. She has lived and travelled in Europe, working as a nanny and a relaxation therapist. Since returning to Regina Alison's focus has been on community development.

Erroll Kinistino is a graduate of the Saskatchewan Federated College’s Indian Communication Arts Program and has written for The Saskatchewan Indian and for the Maysaynagun newspaper published by Winnipeg’s Indian Métis Friendship Centre. He also writes short fiction and song lyrics. A busy actor, his credits include ‘Leon’ on North of 60, a 70-show tour of the play “Raven Stole the Sun” with Redsky Performances, and bartender “Phil Kinistino” on Corner Gas. Erroll has also mentored youth through several theatre and cultural initiatives.



Sâkêwêwak Performance Art Mini-Festival

'murmur', Tanya Lukin Linklater; photo credit J Proctor and Marc Chalifoux

Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective invites you to our performance art min-festival taking place September 22-24, 2010.  Our ongoing performance art series provides the opportunity for diverse audiences in southeastern Saskatchewan to experience live performance and engage with our guest artists, representing a broad range of artistic experience, cultural traditions, and linguistic groups. 

Robin Brass
Wednesday September 22, 2010
7:30 PM
New Dance Horizons
2207 Harvey Street

"I have been working with the Nahkawe language as part of my art practice for the past few years. 'Mi Ima Ehkosit' is a phrase sometimes said when one comes to the 'end' of a story. However, the concept communicated is that the telling is only temporarily ceased, that the story is temporarily 'hung' as in hanging a drum on the wall. I wanted to enter this liminal space where the stories/narratives hang until they are picked up, if ever again. I was interested in this as a place of convergence of multiple narratives, interconnectedness & renewal, where a re-ordering of intention takes place prior to rebirth in new directions; which stories will be picked up again? How to tell them? Which stories will be left behind?" – Robin Brass

Robin Brass is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Regina and Peepeekisis First Nation, Saskatchewan. She completed her B.A. in Indigenous Fine Arts, First Nations University of Canada. Robin is co-founder of Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective, Circle Vision Arts Corp., Red Tattoo Theatre Ensemble, and the Sâkêwêwak Storytellers Festival. In 2006, she was awarded the Lynch-Staunton Award for performance art. Robin has taught for the First Nations University of Canada, Indigenous Fine Arts Dept., teaching on several Saskatchewan reserves. She has most recently been creating new works based in the Nahkawe language, further pursuing her true love of Indigenous orality.

Art Smash
Cecile Brass
Thursday September 23, 2010
7:00 PM
The Exchange
2431 8th Avenue

Art Smash is an evening of music, making stuff, and merriment. Anyone who is interested in being inspired and being an inspiration is invited to attend this evening of experimentation. You need only bring yourself and an open mind. Live music, to get the blood flowing, and paint, to make something beautiful together, will be provided. Let’s just get together and see what happens when we all decide to share ourselves.

Cecile Brass is a member the Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan. She grew up in a large family headed by a man with the spirit of an adventurer. The family moved often and thus planted the seed for Cecile to travel often once on her own. She is the mother of two boys and is soon to be a mother of three. Cecile’s involvement in the arts began by performing with the First Nations theatre troupe, Red Tattoo Ensemble. She also danced powwow overseas as part of a dance troupe promoting First Nations culture. After Europe, Cecile was the cast member of a reality television series called, English Teachers in Taiwan. She ended up living in Taiwan for 5 years and became very passionate about the universal Indigenous experience and the effects of colonization. This passion has led her to become a student of Political Science at the University of Regina. Due her travels, both as a child and adult, she has always sought out the commonalities of all people. This search is reflected in her first performance art piece in March of 2009. The performance was entitled, “The Re-Birthing Project”. The piece was an exploration in the experience of childbirth and how each of our beginnings is so unique and extraordinary, yet is the most mutual.

aiya! 2
Tanya Lukin Linklater
Friday September 24, 2010
7:30 PM
New Dance Horizons
2207 Harvey Street

Tanya Lukin Linklater will create and exhibit ‘aiya! 2’, a sound performance utilizing her amplified voice. Her vocabulary draws on experimental song, gutteral sounds, and deconstructed words from Alutiiq language to create a soundscape emanating from her body.

Tanya Lukin Linklater is a practicing choreographer, performance artist, and writer currently based in northern Ontario. In 2010 she performed a site specific work at "Mapping Resistances" curated by Wanda Nanibush in response to the 20th anniversary of the Oka resistance;she also performed on frozen Lake Nipissing, in a train container, and railway station, and presented a new work at the 6th Annual Aboriginal Choreographers Workshop. Her performances in Canada and U.S. occur in reflecting pools, university campuses, Native villages, galleries and festivals.

Tanya’s aristic practice centres often on memory, and she experiments with the relationship between the body, sound, song and narrative. Tanya studied at Stanford University, where she was awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and the Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts. In 2010 she was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by Ontario Arts Council. She originates from Kodiak Island in southwestern Alaska.



chris bose media arts residency

Samuel Sin, 2010, image courtesy of artist

SEPTEMBER 13-20, 2010

Chris Bose is a writer, multi-disciplinary artist, musician, and filmmaker, who has read and performed at universities, theatres, and coffeehouses at all points from Victoria to Montreal, as well as the BC Festival of the Arts, as a literary delegate to the Talking Stick Aboriginal Arts Festival in Vancouver and the Word on the Street Festival in Toronto.

Chris continues to make art on a daily basis, and is also a workshop facilitator of community arts events, digital storytelling, art workshops with people of all ages and backgrounds, curatorial work for First Nations art shows and projects, research and writing for periodicals across Canada, project management and coordination, mixed-media productions, film, audio, and video recording and editing, and more. He is of the N'laka'pamux Nation in BC, and currently spends his time in Kamloops in BC.

More information about Chris and his work can be found at:

Please join us for an artist talk and presentation, as well as a reading of selected works from Bose's latest publication "Stone the Crow" (Kegedonce Press, 2009) on September 15th, 2010 at 7 pm at Soil Digital Media Lounge (located at #203-1856 Scarth Street) in Regina.