Pasqua Wellness Day 2019

Morning Star Lodge is proud to have been a part of the Pasqua Wellness Day on October 28th, 2019 at the Pasqua First Nation. Community members congregated to partake in a variety of informational sessions and services. This included complimentary grooming, vital sign testing, spiritual health information sessions, and more. Guests were also served a complimentary dinner and gift bag. Morning Star Lodge was on location to distribute materials and knowledge on our past and current projects.

Morning Star Lodge’s Wellness Day Booth.

Morning Star Lodge’s Wellness Day Booth.

Materials that Morning Star Lodge distributed to community members.

Materials that Morning Star Lodge distributed to community members.

Community members engaging in services and meeting with each other.

Community members engaging in services and meeting with each other.

Dr. Carrie Bourassa's TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan Talk Now Available to Watch

Photo Credit: TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan

Photo Credit: TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan

On September 7, 2019, Morning Star Lodge staff was proud to be in attendance of the TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan event to watch Dr. Carrie Bourassa’s talk titled, “Noojimo Mikana (a Healing Path): Research as Reconciliation”. In the talk Carrie speaks on the importance of Indigenous communities directing their own research and that an environment of mutual mentorship must be created in order for Indigenous research to be successful. See the button below to watch the talk in it’s entirety today!

10th Canadian Conference on Dementia

Morning Star Lodge is proud to have attended the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia, the conference was held in Quebec City, QC at the Quebec Convention Centre from Oct 3-5, 2019.

The Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (CICA) teams from Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta attended the conference to share their updates on the work that is being done across the nation in regards to the innovative cognitive assessment tool. Dr. Carrie Bourassa also presented to speak on Indigenous Health Research. It was very well attended with national and international scholars sharing their research developments in dementia.

Dr. Carrie presenting on Indigenous Health Research at the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia.

Dr. Carrie presenting on Indigenous Health Research at the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia.

Louise BigEagle providing a poster presentation for the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment at the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia.

Louise BigEagle providing a poster presentation for the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment at the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia.

CRAC Update: July 10th, 2018

Morning Star Lodge attended a meeting with community partners File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council and All Nations Healing Hospital in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan on July 5th, 2018. The meeting was intended to allow partners within the Community Research Advisory Commitee (CRAC) to discuss updates and projected developments moving forward for dementia research projects such as the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (CICA) project and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) project. 

The meeting consisted of introductions and an opening prayer, a review of a CCNA article written by Danette Starblanket, updates on the aforementioned projects and an update to the partners on Morning Star Lodge, and an open table discussion regarding the next steps of the CCNA project headed by Dr. Carrie Bourassa. 

 

Morning Star Lodge Staff, Elders, and FHQTC Community Members review and revise CCNA article.

Morning Star Lodge Staff, Elders, and FHQTC Community Members review and revise CCNA article.

CRAC Meeting for The Dementia Project.

CRAC Meeting for The Dementia Project.

All Nations Healing Hospital, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK.

All Nations Healing Hospital, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK.

All Nations Healing Hospital, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK.

All Nations Healing Hospital, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK.

The date of the next CRAC meeting is yet to be determined, but is projected to be held early September of 2018. Morning Star Lodge will provide updates on our event page and our blog as they develop.

Treaty 4 Elders Gathering

Morning Star Lodge will be in attendance of the Treaty 4 Elders Gathering on Tuesday, January 22nd. The event will take place at the Treaty Four Governance Centre, Treaty Four Reserve Grounds #77, Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan.

The Pipe Ceremony will begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by an Opening Prayer at 10:00 a.m. and finally Lunch at 12:00 p.m. 

Please see the poster below for further details and we hope to see you there!

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Winter Solstice Ceremony

Morning Star Lodge will be in attendance of the Winter Solstice Ceremony, held on December 21st, 2018 at the All Nations Hope Network, Regina. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a pipe ceremony and will continue with ceremony, self-care appointments and a feast until 4:00 p.m. All communities are invited.

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Morning Star Lodge In the Community With Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt

Morning Star Lodge was pleased to be out in the community on October 19th to meet Indigenous artists Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt. Murdoch and Belcourt were at All Nations Hope in Regina, SK during a Canada-wide tour of Indigenous art. For this specific project, the artists were providing All Nations with a new mural meant as a homage to missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. For more information about Isaac, Christi, and their artwork please visit http://onamancollective.com/who-we-are/

Isaac and Christi working on the mural.

Isaac and Christi working on the mural.

Isaac providing a signature for the THunderbird Woman painting that is now hanging at Morning Star Lodge.

Isaac providing a signature for the THunderbird Woman painting that is now hanging at Morning Star Lodge.

Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt with mural.

Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt with mural.

Morning Star Lodge Staff with Isaac Murdoch, Christi Belcourt, and the All Nations Hope mural.

Morning Star Lodge Staff with Isaac Murdoch, Christi Belcourt, and the All Nations Hope mural.

AGE-WELL's 4th Annual Conference

Morning Star Lodge is proud to have been in attendance at AGE-WELL’s 4th Annual Conference from October 16, 2018 to October 18, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Morning Star Lodge representatives Danette Starblanket and Mackenzie Jardine attended the conference to speak about the lab’s current research regarding how the introduction of technology may assist elderly Indigenous individuals and those living with dementia.

To stay updated on this project, continue to follow the Morning Star Lodge’s blog and stay posted for future newsletters!

Danette Starblanket (R) and Mackenzie Jardine (L) standing in front of the poster drafted to showcase Morning Star Lodge’s project.

Danette Starblanket (R) and Mackenzie Jardine (L) standing in front of the poster drafted to showcase Morning Star Lodge’s project.

AGE-WELL Poster WITH STACEY GUY, DANETTE STARBLANKET, and MACKENZIE JARDINE (L to R).

AGE-WELL Poster WITH STACEY GUY, DANETTE STARBLANKET, and MACKENZIE JARDINE (L to R).

Pasqua Treaty Days

Morning Star Lodge staff were in attendance of Pasqua Treaty Days held at the Pasqua First Nation, Asham Beach on June 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pasqua Treaty Days was a community event that consisted of annual treaty payments, free catered community bbq, horse rides, boat rides, bouncy castles, face painting and petting zoo, plus much more for the community to gather together and enjoy this day. The event also had an announcer and DJ which kept the energy of the place going all day and made special announcements when needed.  The community began with an opening ceremony consisting of opening prayers and dancers to carry in the flags to start the Pasqua Treaty Days.

Overview of the event.

Overview of the event.

Booths and community events.

Booths and community events.

Staff enjoying the family events such as the petting zoo.

Staff enjoying the family events such as the petting zoo.

Morning Star Lodge staff at Pasqua Lake.

Morning Star Lodge staff at Pasqua Lake.

National Indigenous Day Celebrations

National Indigenous Day took place yesterday, on June 21st, 2018. Morning Star Lodge was pleased to have been in the community to celebrate Indigenous culture, language, arts, and people. We present highlights from the events that were taking place in our communities and are proud to continue serving them with our research now and in the future. 

Highlights from the event the Victoria Park and City Square Plaza event, hosted by the City of Regina and Aboriginal City Employees. The event featured traditional arts, music, dance performances, and boutiques for attendees to purchase Indigenous arts and crafts. The event also featured an opening presentation from Morning Star Lodge's own Erin Goodpipe: 

 

Teepee on display in Victoria Park, Regina, SK. (1)

Teepee on display in Victoria Park, Regina, SK. (1)

Teepee on display in Victoria Park, Regina, SK. (2)

Teepee on display in Victoria Park, Regina, SK. (2)

Performances by the  Creeland Dancers  and  Dallas & Phil Boyer.  (1)

Performances by the Creeland Dancers and Dallas & Phil Boyer. (1)

Performances by the  Creeland Dancers  and  Dallas & Phil Boyer.  (2)

Performances by the Creeland Dancers and Dallas & Phil Boyer. (2)

Itinerary of the event and sponsorship considerations.

Itinerary of the event and sponsorship considerations.

Additional events hosted at  Casino Regina .

Additional events hosted at Casino Regina.

The other event that Morning Star Lodge staff attended was a community event held at Grassick Park, Regina, SK hosted by Circle ProjectReach, and the Indigenous Christian Fellowship. This free event for all included performances of traditional Indigenous dance, performances from Indigenous musicians for both traditional and non-traditional music, a free BBQ for all attendees, an Elder's village, and many other educational and family events to partake in. Below are some highlights of the event: 

 

Traditional Dance Performance. (1)

Traditional Dance Performance. (1)

Traditional Dance Performance. (2)

Traditional Dance Performance. (2)

Traditional Dance Performance. (3)

Traditional Dance Performance. (3)

Traditional Dance Performance. (4)

Traditional Dance Performance. (4)

Traditional Dance Performance. (5)

Traditional Dance Performance. (5)

Traditional drum-circle performance.

Traditional drum-circle performance.

A display of flag and musical performances from Indigenous musicians.

A display of flag and musical performances from Indigenous musicians.

Educational displays on Women's Traditional Dancing and the history of Treaty 4.

Educational displays on Women's Traditional Dancing and the history of Treaty 4.

Educational displays on the Métis people and culture.

Educational displays on the Métis people and culture.

We at Morning Star Lodge sincerely hope that every one had a happy and safe National Indigenous Day, and that Indigenous culture, language, arts, and people are continued to be celebrated now and in the future.

Additional Congress 2018 Information

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We have posted before about Morning Star Lodge's attendance at Congress of The Humanities and Social Sciences 2018, but now have new information about Morning Star Lodge's participation at the Congress of 2018 held at the University of Regina on May 26 to June 1, 2018. 

Congress 2018- May 27, 2018: As a founder of the Making Treaty Four Collective, Erin Goodpipe and other collective members had the opportunity to present in the Espikenew series, a keynote series dedicated to the late Jo-Ann Episkenew. This year’s topic was women and their role as water protectors. The panels spoke about how the performance, Making Treat Four, used conceptual art to evoke the cultural idea of woman as central to the Nation as voices for the people and the human metaphor for the life-giving qualities that Mother Earth possesses. During this panel presentation, we spoke about the Western counter-narrative which traditionally excluded Indigenous women from history and attempted to denounce the woman’s voice as valuable and integral to her nation and culture. Through our art we strived to revalue and reclaim this narrative by showcasing specific performance pieces which showed Indigenous women in leadership, as fundamental in the survival of tribal life and as representers and advocates for the land, sky, water and the life in between. This panel hoped to showcase that Indigenous woman must be affirmed and assert their role as protectors as Creator gave them the right to bear and nurture life. As they can only understand this right, only they can truly represent it.


The Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS) held a day long event titled, “Climate Change: Addressing Critical Issues In Today’s World.” For this event, Erin, and five arts educators created a performative piece called “Food For Thought” that engaged participants in the surroundings on Wascana lake. This was done in order to explore how ideas about “natural landscapes” and “connection to land” has been perverted by the colonial mission to consume and the impulse to justify and rationalize our engagement in destructive practices that engender unhealthy relationships across generations. During this performance, symbols of historical injustice to Indigenous people, land and climate were used to inspire dialogue amongst researchers, educators and the general public.

Starblanket Health Fair and Ceremony

Morning Star Lodge Staff were pleased to be in attendance of the Starblanket Health Fair, which took place on May 29th in at the Whitecalf Gym in Lebret, SK. The event saw approximately 40 people attending to learn about health prevention from various health agencies such as FHQ Health Services, White Raven Healing Centre, File Hills Health, YTC Child and Family Services, and Health Canada. Dementia Project members from Morning Star Lodge and community partners enjoyed a day of community outreach and interacting with the people of Starblanket.  

CICA Information Session

Morning Star Lodge's work continues with the Canadian Indigenous Assessment (CICA) Project via an informational session held on June 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for 25 community members of the Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation in attendance. These attendees consisted of seniors, Elders, and Indigenous women with an interest in culturally appropriate dementia care. 

Morning Star Lodge and community partner File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) spoke on the roles and responsibilities of CICA and provided a presentation on CICA's history. This presentation included the Australian-developed Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA) tool that CICA was developed from. A catered lunch was provided to community members as well as a discussion on what is expected from the project. 

 

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Objectives of the information session were to showcase the purpose of CICA, as well as sign up community members interested in the Nakoda Advisory Group. The Nakoda Advisory Group is to assist in the development of culturally appropriate dementia screening tools and care practices, as well as to adopt and translate Nakoda language into the CICA tool in a culturally safe and respectful environment. The goal was to sign up form 5-10 community members to the Nakoda Advisory Group. The staff of Morning Star Lodge are incredibly excited and proud that we have exceeded this goal as 17 community members have signed up to join the Nakoda Advisory Group. 

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Community members in attendance of the CICA Information Session. Photographs courtesy of Louise BigEagle.

Community members in attendance of the CICA Information Session. Photographs courtesy of Louise BigEagle.