Celebrating Indigenous Journalism

Executive Director, Tara Worme and Shinoah Young

Executive Director, Tara Worme and Shinoah Young

December 30 and we at the office were eager to finish the last full-day of the week work for 2015. Our Executive Director, Tara Dawn, was especially eager as she presented a financial contribution to Shinoah Young, a woman from Opaskwayak Cree Nation and a University of Regina undergraduate student. She is in her final semester of a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and will pursue a career in reporting thereafter. The value Shinoah sees in her degree stems from her personal recollection of oral history, and the relationship between speaker and listener. She and Amiskusees share the belief that Indigenous cultures offer unique insights and methods of story telling that western societies have yet to celebrate. Amiskusees was happy to offer some support to this Aboriginal woman as she strives towards professional journalism. 

Nīcimos Book Launch

Tara Worme, Executive Director ASWFF, Daniel Knight, Publicity and Community relations GTNT, Osemis Isbister-Bear, General Manager GTNT

Tara Worme, Executive Director ASWFF, Daniel Knight, Publicity and Community relations GTNT, Osemis Isbister-Bear, General Manager GTNT

On Friday, December 18, Amiskusees had the privilege of attending the Nīcimos Book Launch and party at Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre; there we announced the winners of three awards Amiskusees and GTNT partnered to create. Milo Cameron was awarded the Lacy Morin-Desjarlais Memorial Award valued at $2,500.00, Jennifer Dawn Bishop was awarded the Theatre Arts Scholarship valued at $1,500.00 and Aren Okeymaysim was awarded the Arts Perseverance Bursary valued at $500.00. 

When it comes to blazing a trail in the performing arts industry, it is essential that the individual possess passion for the craft; every applicant demonstrated this trait. However, our three recipients struck us by their courage; their courage to pursue their vocation despite barriers they've experienced. Congratulations, Milo, Jennifer, and Aren. We are proud to support your endeavours and look forward to see you flourish as Indigenous artists. 

Str8Up Event

Father André Polièvre’s unyielding compassion brought the Str8Up initiative to action almost twenty years ago. This organization is comprised of ex-gang members and others who seek to abandon criminal activity and adopt healthy lifestyles. Through the healing process, many individuals have been able to accomplish their goals and inspire others to follow in their path.  Amiskusees has demonstrated our support through our contributions to Str8Up’s two published books. Congratulations - we look forward to more of these constructive efforts in the future.

But how do we move forward together? How do we stand by Str8Up as a Charitable Foundation and uphold the values represented by them? In our efforts, Amiskusees will be contributing a total of $75,000.00 over the next three years to this worthwhile organization. Thank you and Merry Christmas to Father Andre and the Str8Up Family.