Saugeen First Nations
They Mingled Like Exotic Birds
|June 26 ... Chief Kahgee returned to office ... see results||June 29, 2008 Centuries Old Traditional Dinner and the Art of Story Telling featured at Saugeen First Nations|
|June 24 ... 2008 Election today... Chief Kahgee speaks out on issues||June 25 ...Saugeen First Nations elected their Chief and Council today but results as yet are unknown.|
|First Nations ... June 8, 2008 Once again, it's the youth who suffer for the interactions of adults. The Aaron Roote Memorial Youth Centre at Saugeen First Nations has been closed.||Saugeen First Nations Celebrate Aboriginal Day June 21st with a full day of activity|
Artist Kelly Roote Defines First Nations Mural
A handshake for a job well done
|May 23, 2008 Local SDSS students return from Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition in Regina||May 24, 2008 -- Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) and Bruce Power Sign Historic Agreement|
is an invitation to attend the screening of Niigaanibatowaad:
FrontRunners in Owen Sound on Tuesday, May 13. Three of the original
runners will be in attendance and will speak about their experiences.
During the next five years a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on
residential schools will hear much truth telling. We hope that this
film, and the very wise words of Charlie Nelson, Patrick Bruyere and
Fred Harper, will help prepare all of us for the necessary changes that
this country must make.
The film presentation of Niigaanibatowaad: FRONTRUNNERS will be shown three times on Tuesday May 13th, 2008 at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound. There will be three opportunities 10:30 am, 1pm and 7pm. Students and Seniors $10 and adults $15.
This is a unique opportunity to engage in the stories that shape individuals, communities and our future together.
A brief outline - the film depicts the life experiences of young aboriginal athletes, their suffering through residential school and the courageous path of healing that has shaped their lives
Shades of Green
|Jim Seaton, a former Submariner, enjoys the beach and is very observant.|
|Drums throbbed throughout the day as native dancers, from throughout Ontario, came together for the 9th Annual Saugeen Youth Pow-Wow held at the James Mason Centre at Saugeen First Nation on Saturday.||Representing a whole community in Albuquerque, New Mexico|
This section is devoted to First Nations news and information. Please refer to the Saugeen First Nations web page for details
Interesting article about Cape Croker's Elementary School Ski Team on the Editorial page (more)
Read about Frontrunners, the award winning play/movie
Look at the 'Little Barn'
First Nations respond to proposed condos near Fairy Lake (view here) and for our editorial (more)
The Little Barn
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Carol Solomon holds her grandson's beaded dance costume, made by her daughter, Sharon
"When your husband is in the military, you go wherever they send you," says Carol Solomon of Saugeen First Nations, "but we both knew we wanted to live a rural lifestyle."
Carol and, husband Orlyn, who was in the Canadian military lived in London but, after returning to their roots, they now own and operate the Little Barn Craft Shop outside of Southampton at the Saugeen First Nation Reserve.
Orlyn Solomon's extraordinary artistry with wood began it all. "Orlyn was always creative," says Carol, "but, when he began making coffee tables with eagles and other designs burned into the wood, people began requesting special orders."
Carol, too, is an artist accomplished in the ancient art of aboriginal beading. Therefore, in 1985, combining their talents, they decided to open a small craft business.
"It began simply as a place to display our own work," says Carol, "but then, others came to us wanting a place where they could show their own art pieces. From there, the business just kept growing."
Over 20 years later, the Little Barn Craft Shop offers aboriginal art,
books, clothing, souvenirs and even CDs. "Few people realize the comedic
talent in aboriginal communities," explains Carol. "Don Burnstick of
Manitoba, for instance, uses humour to demonstrate the traditions of our
The Solomons also carry a broad range of original paintings by local artists to beautifully framed aboriginal prints from the Arctic.
Carol also points out that, "This is also one of the few places where there are books actually written by and for First Nations people, or anyone else for that matter, who is interested in finding out more about First Nation peoples."
Throughout, there is something unique to catch the eye, including, many handcrafted dream-catchers and beaded leather necklaces also created by Orlyn, in addition to silver jewelry and soft moccasins.
Daughter, Sharon Isaac, has also inherited her parents's creative genes. "Many of Sharon's designs are used in our traditional dances," explains mother, Carol, holding up a sky blue dress adorned with tiny silver bells, "and people from all over special- order her unique dresses and outfits."
The fact that people come from all over is evident in the guest book that visitors sign. There are not only names from across North America but also many from Europe, including Italy and Germany. According to Carol, some of their best customers are from Germany. "German people have a real curiosity about First Nations Peoples and seem to have a special appreciation for our art."
What started out as a small family business, has now become a gallery for aboriginal crafts, art and writings. "We just wanted to give people a place where they could display their art," Carol laughs, "but if we get any more in here, we won't be able to move!"
The Little Barn Craft Shop is off Hwy. 21 at Saugeen First Nations Reserve immediately north of Southampton. 797- 575
The Canadian Federation of University Women, Southport Chapter, hosted a special screening of Niigaanibatowaad: FrontRunners on Wednesday night at the Bruce Country Museum and Cultural Centre.
Almost 100 people attended the screening of the film adapted from a play written by Canadian author, journalist and athlete, Laura Robinson, while she was a writer in residence at the University of Calgary in 2000-2001. It is based on the true stories of 10 First Nation long distance runners from Manitoba who were taken from their families and placed in Residential Schools operated by various churches.
Isolated from their communities, friends and families, running became a means of survival in a world of pain and despair. It was when Robinson, as a journalist, covered the Pan-Am Games held in Winnipeg in 1967, that the concept for the play began to germinate. At those Games, seven of the original 10 runners were honoured at the opening ceremonies and Robinson realized the scope of their stories.
|FrontRunners was filmed almost a year ago in Winnipeg
in conjunction with Buffalo Gal Productions and was directed by Lori
Lewis, who also plays the character Rose Moose. Two of the original
frontrunners, Patrick Bruyer and Charlie Nelson were also in the play
and are now in the film adaptation.
The film was first aired by the aboriginal television network, APTN, and has begun touring across Canada. "It's also been entered in a number of film festivals," explains Robinson, "including the Amnesty International Festival in Amsterdam, another in the United States and even Johannesburg, South Africa. I still want to do a feature film but, unfortunately, funding for that type of project is not available in Canada so we will probably have to look overseas to someplace like Norway."
In 2008, Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission will try to address the wrongs perpetrated by Residential Schools. "I believe," Robinson adds, " it is time for all Canadians to acknowledge that we live in this dark shadow and it is up to all of us to make sure that First Nation youth today know that the fire in them can burn brightly with passion and knowledge."
Today, Robinson is also a cycling and cross-country ski coach for First Nation elementary Nawash students at Cape Croker on the Bruce Peninsula. "There is a training camp in Lake Louise and 12 of the students have qualified to go. We are fundraising right now through the sale of a specially produced calendar featuring the children."
The calendars are $10 and where they will be available will be posted in the Saugeen Times under Out 'n' About as of January 11.
For further information on CFUW see www.cfuwsouthport.com
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Thursday, May 25, 2017