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La Ronge Teen Writing Program

La Ronge Teen Writing Program 2020

Location: ONLINE!

Run Time: July 20-24, 2020. 10:00am – 4:00pm


The 2020 Teen and Young Writers’ Workshops are now complete.

Thanks to participants who joined Sage Hill’s very first virtual workshops!


Check back in the spring to apply for the summer 2021 Youth Workshops.


Instructor: Janelle “ecoaborijanelle” Pewapsconias

Janelle “ecoaborijanelle” Pewapsconias (she/her) is a nehīyaw Spoken Word Poet, Community Engaged Researcher, Social Innovator, and Public Speaker based in the Treaty Lands now known as Little Pine First Nation, Treaty 6 Territory on Saskatchewan. As a single mother, Janelle has studied and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Indigenous Peoples Lands Management and Renewable Resource Management, as well as, from the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies in Business Administration. During her post-secondary journey, she became integrated in environmental and social justice grassroots and youth movements in and around Saskatoon, which has informed her of how to step in community and practice care for all our relationships.

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After graduation, Janelle became a (part-time) Community Engaged Researcher, in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan, working on projects tackling tough social issues and decolonizing practices in academic research. As a Game Designer by experience, she harnessed her unique talent and educational background, placing in four business plan and pitch competitions with her Indigneous art and board game social innovation projects “Neeched Up Games” and “Neechimoose Novelties”. Her talent for creating stories with poetry and games were included in her speech “A Mile In Our Moccasins”, a TEDx talk delivered in Calgary in 2017.

An emerging professional artist, ecoaborijanelle has competed in three national poetry slam competitions, has self-published her first chapbook, “kikawiynaw askiy: Mother Earth”, is completing her second chapbook “nipiy acimowina, water poems”, and had several of her poems in Canadian and American publications. Her work as part of the Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival Ensemble in 2019 has launched her career as an Indigenous Artist continuing the oral tradition in the arts. Over the last year, she had the opportunity to instruct virtual spoken word courses to elementary schools with the Live ARTS SK project, featured in 10+ poetry shows, and had her first Spoken Word Residency at the prestigious Banff Centre for Arts in Creativity in March, 2020.

As a reserve-based artist, she practices, organizes, and builds her spoken word practice that continues the oral tradition and celebrates narratives of Indigenous survivance and strength*. She believes in ahkamemowin (“ahh-gkaa-mey-moo-win” 5 syllables) – meaning: having resilience and never giving up. Impassioned and determined, Janelle “ecoaborijanelle” Pewapsconias brings the message: “your words are alive, your words matter, let us tell our stories with care”.

*ecoaborijanelle speaks from the experience of a Nehīyaw woman, but reminds everyone that her perspective does not represent all Indigenous people to Turtle Island.

 

Guest Author: Peace Akintade

Peace Akintade is an African Canadian Poet, Public Speaker, and Thespian residing in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. She is co-coordinator of Write Out Loud, a Saskatoon based Youth Poetry Community, board member of the Tonight it’s Poetry Community, and Saskatoon’s Youth Slam Champion (2017-2019). Former member of the Youth Advisory Council for the Tim Horton Children Foundation, and presently part of the Youth Speaker’s Bureau for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, she is an active member of the Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc [TAYFFI] as a Youth spokesperson. Her poems touch on the impact of slavery in her village, colorism, growing up in Iran, Nigeria and Canada, and relearning her culture in the face of colonization. 

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Sage Hill’s La Ronge Teen Writing Workshop is made possible
by generous donors, funders, and community partners.

Many thanks to the Churchill Community High School, Community Initiatives Fund, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, and SaskLotteries.

 

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