Less than 24 hours on the Coast Salish and I'm headed to Ktunaxa (one of my Nations), Niitsítapi (ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ, Blackfoot), Stoney and the Tsuu T'ina peoples territory, for the 2018 Banff Playwrights Lab.
I've been on the road for a while now - I don't think I've spent more than two weeks in row on the Coast Salish since Nov. I'm very excited to have ten days to nest into some much needed writing.
The focus for the time spent will be Kamloopa and the Indigenous theatre method we're working on. I feel very grateful to have the National Theatre Centre's Indigenous Theatre Sections Artistic Associate Lindsay Lachance acting as Dramatrug and so much more on this piece and there for the whole 10 days. And my mean older brother (jokes) and NAC IT Artistic Director Kevin Loring to come for a portion to bear witness and give guidance on the work.
Also so many incredible Indigenous peoples will be here at this sacred gathering space, to name a few Francis Koncon, Yolanda Bonnell, Quelemia Sparrow, Emilie Leclerc and of course all our ancestors.
Mountains, animals and artists get ready the Indians are back to our tradish gathering space and we here to werk.
In excitement and pride,
p.s this land holds tension and you either harness it and or it's going to harness you. Will look to my peoples to remember how to presence and honour the energy and power of this territory.
Just look at her.