What is your role within the show? I’m the prop master. Basically I’m sourcing out all the different articles that they might need for the show. Things like baskets, and building different things like drum baskets and repairing things. Where are you from? I’m originally from Edmonton Alberta, I come from off of a little reserve called Enoch which is just West of Edmonton. I lived in Edmonton for quite a few years. I went to a high school there that did theatre, and then I was doing things with them and opera and a bunch of other different...
Sophie Merasty speaks to bringing back stories and culture, indigenous rights, resistance and resurgence
Our culture is so connected to the land, and if that’s destroyed and damaged beyond restoration, then what do we have? What do we have to pass on to our children? Our future generations? Everything is tied into it. The language, the customs, the traditions, the spirituality and our sovereign power. It’s such a big question to answer. What does the future hold? I really don’t know.
Sam Bob, playing Trickster, tells us about his first experiences as a performer in the longhouse, his grandparents, and the damages of residential school
My name is Sam Bob. I am from Snawnaw-us First Nation, my traditional name is Tulkweemult. I was raised with my grandparents, my grandfather Kholestun, and my grandmother Waytultanault. I was raised with them before I went to residential school, but after leaving residential school grew up in Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, but came back and graduated high school here in Vancouver.
Rosemary Georgeson, one of the co-writers of Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way speaks about seeing her words enacted on the stage and her life in the commercial fishing industry
Rosemary Georgeson is one of the writers of Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way, as well as the community engagement liaison. Where are you from? Galiano Island. When did you move here? I’ve been on the mainland for 30 years but home is still on Galiano. What made you move to the mainland? It was a very small place and I wanted to open up the world for my daughters more than being in an isolated small community. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do? Coast-Salish Sahtu Dene woman who was born in to the...
Actor Stephen Lytton talks about his experience in the downtown eastside, residential school, and moving forward
"What does reconciliation mean to Canada? Do they truly understand the history? Do they truly understand what reconciliation is? As indigenous people, are we truly ready to share what we want to share? Yes – we are. We are doing this – because we must. And will continue to share for as long as we are able to. There’s no other option for us. We can do it with or without you, but we’d prefer to do it with you… because at the end of the day, we still have to deal with the daily issues within our communities...
I’m really excited to learn from artists like Renae Morriseau, Sam Bob, and Jonathan Fisher. I’m also really excited to travel with those people. I am very excited to work on a play in which community is such an essential aspect of the piece. I have always wanted to bring the work I do back to our communities, and this is a great opportunity to do so.
“The words in the Mi’kmaq language represent what I’ve lost, and I suppose I don’t feel ready to tell people – because it’s a lifetime. It took me a long time to figure out what happened to my family and why I grew up the way I did. I lost everything. There were so many things that happened to me that it’s hard to describe and it’s very painful to tell people.”