The Common Ground Project Partners with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange

The Common Ground Project and the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange are hosting a series of art and culture workshops looking to bring understanding, acceptance, and friendship among Prince Albert, Saskatchewan’s Indigenous and newcomer communities.

From August 1 to 3, Victor Thunderchild will facilitate workshops educating students in First Nations culture. The students will come evenly from the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Prince Albert and from the children of recently settled immigrants working with YWCA Settlement Services. The workshops will be held at the Friendship Centre.

Prince Albert’s Common Ground Project works to bring together First Nations and Métis peoples with newcomers to bridge any gap among them. They work with programming to bring the groups together and realize the commonalities of our shared humanity.

After a successful Phase II pilot project, the Common Ground Project begins Phase III with a fantastic partnership with the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange. This is also part of Artists in Communities, a Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange program looking to support artists working and interacting with small and rural communities across the province.

Thunderchild is well known in Prince Albert as an educator and a traditional dancer with a strong background in First Nations traditional stories and songs. In a fun environment, he will involve the students in the history of First Nations and Métis people, Cree language, and traditional drumming. Prince Albert-based music educator and vocal coach Pamela Cochet will assist Thunderchild.

The Artists in Communities program is possible because ofthanks to the generous funding of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. This project in particular was helped by funding from the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators as well as in-kind donations from the Saskatchewan Choral Federation. The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange also thanks SaskCulture for their continued funding and support.

In Phase III, the Common Ground Project is working with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan with local partners Prince Albert Multicultural Council, the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Prince Albert, and Prince Albert YWCA Settlement Services.

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