Morning Star Lodge Halloween Party

Morning Star Lodge got into the spirit of Halloween yesterday by throwing a party and potluck lunch. The festivities were also a celebration of Louise BigEagle, who will be moving to Calgary in the near future. Her hard work is greatly appreciated and Morning Star Lodge wishes her nothing but continued success.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), sebastien lefebvre (On Screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), sebastien lefebvre (On Screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), sebastien lefebvre (On Screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), sebastien lefebvre (On Screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

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.

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.

Regina North Central Smudge Walk

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Morning Star Lodge staff were among the over 100 people in attendance for Regina's North Central annual Smudge Walk on June 1st. The walk is a celebration of Indigenous culture, community, and prayer. Participants walked a perimeter around the North Central community and then convened in Dewdney Park for a community barbecue  and a showcase of local Indigenous talent. Sage for smudging was also provided to participants as a symbol of prayer and cleansing. 

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Congress of The Humanities and Social Sciences 2018

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Morning Star Lodge is proud to have joined the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018, held at the University of Regina from May 26 to June 1, 2018. There were 70 academic associations from across Canada who converged at the University of Regina to showcase the leading research in history, education, theatre, language, and communication. The theme of Congress 2018 was “Gathering Diversities”, in which a major topic of discussion was social change, the importance of representation, and policy.

 

Morning Star Lodge presented their findings from the Water Economics, Policy, and Governance Network project in the Indigenous Literary Studies Association program and the Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes program. Elder Betty Mckenna provided the attendees with Traditional Knowledge and teachings of the importance of water and water protection to Indigenous culture in relation to Indigenous women. Danette Starblanket and Marlin Legare presented on water policy, water economics, and relevant topics affected by water governance such as the Idle No More movement. The sessions were both well attended.