HISTORY / OUR STORY
The Regina Indigenous arts community first organized in 1991 as Ironbow, which later incorporated as Circle Vision Arts Corporation, an Indigenous arts service organization provincial in scope. In 1993, with the assistance of Circle Vision, the Regina region organized under the name Sâkêwêwak, a Saulteaux word meaning "they are emerging" or "they are coming into view". During the collective's formative period, the name was chosen to reflect the community's vision for an organization that would support the emergence of new challenges identifying current and historical reference points and exploring contemporary artistic concerns. During Sâkêwêwak's early stages, programming focused on professional development. Later, when partnership were initiated, presentation activities (exhibitions, screenings, performances, concert) were organized on a consistent basis. Since incorporating in 1996, Sâkêwêwak has maintained a variety of workshops, events and exhibitions guided by our strategic programming cycle.
MANDATE Our mandate is to ensure that Indigenous artists within the city of Regina and surrounding areas are consistently provided with the space and environment that allows them to develop their self-determined artistic practices through critical exchange with their peers and audiences.
VISION Sâkêwêwak envisions a dynamic community of diverse artists who stimulate, share, exchange, engage and support the development of self-determined Indigenous art in a welcoming collaborative environment.
VALUES Sâkêwêwak recognizes the fundamental contribution of Indigenous arts and culture sector to Canadian identity, economy, education, social integration, and quality of life. Sâkêwêwak values the contributions of Indigenous artists, community and Elders to the organization.