Indigenous Ways in Art and Wellness

“First Nations creativity, cultural knowledge, language, and spirituality for reclamation: A reconciliation process based on healing time and space” with JP Longboat
“A Traditional Indigenous Way of Life Through Song, Dance, and Rites of Passage” with Elaine Kicknosway


Speaker Biographies

Elaine Kicknosway is Wolf Clan, originally from Northern Saskatchewan, and a member of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. She is a survivor of the 60’s scoop era and returned home in the mid 1990’s back to her community. She is a singer, women’s traditional dancer, participant in ceremonies and ongoing learner. Elaine supports and helps within drumming circles, ceremonies, talking circles, discussion related to intergenerational impacts of residential schools and how child welfare has impacted the family today. She has been within ceremony life since returning home in her 20’s. She has been a blanket exercise facilitator and trainer for the past 7 years. She is the co-founder of the National Survivors of Child Welfare.

JP Longboat is a Storyteller, Multi-disciplinary Artist. He is Mohawk, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Southern Ontario. JP has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree through combined education at the University of Michigan and the Ontario College of Art and Design. He has extensive professional training and practice in traditional and contemporary forms of visual art and live performance.

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