This page still contains 2016 information. Stay tuned for 2019’s gallery exhibit and performance showcase!
The 2016 Petapan exhibit was displayed in the Dieppe Arts & Culture Centre’s gallery for the month of June. A reception took place Thursday, June 16th.
Wsitqamu | Nunak | Ktahkomiq | Land
The Land is Our Story and We Are the Land
Curators | Raven Davis and Aiden Gillis
This exhibition seeks to demonstrate different perspectives Indigenous people on and off reserve from Atlantic Canada perceive LAND and their relationship to it. This multidisciplinary moment, each field of space, common and traditional use, science, politics, spirituality, tradition and culture – is everything that makes up a unique ability to see LAND differently. LAND is within us not just below us. It holds our stories and the way we’ve been taught outside of institutional academic constructs. It is our governance, our substance and our livelihood. It is what we will leave to our children and grandchildren and the absolute reason why we protect it with such devoted and fierce determination.
A performance showcase was held on Saturday, June 18th 7pm at the Dieppe Arts & Culture Centre’s Auditorium. You can view the program here: Petapan Showcase Program
Rebecca Thomas, Spoken Word Artist
Rebecca Thomas is a Mi’kmaw woman living in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. She is the daughter of a residential school survivor whose family is rooted in Lennox Island First Nation, Prince Edward Island. Rebecca is outspoken when it comes to confronting Indigenous stereotypes, as well as educating her colleagues and the general public about cultural safety and integrity. She is the first Indigenous person to hold the position as Halifax Regional Municipality’s Poet Laureate.
Mi’kmaq Legends, Theatre Group
Mi’kmaq Legends is a multi-media theatrical experience that combines the artistic disciplines of poetry, music, dance and theatre, performed by the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors. The troupe consists of 7 young PEI Mi’kmaq men and women. The legends presented are based on traditional Mi’kmaq legends.
Debbie Lyall and Elizabeth Angnatok, Traditional Throat Singers
Debbie Lyall (left) is an Inuit women from Nain, Nunatsiavut. She has been a throat singer since 2003. In those 13 years, she also used to be a drum dancer. She has travelled for many performances since starting. Her present throat singing partner is her sister, Elizabeth (Sophie) Angnatok (right). Sophie grew up in Nain, Nunatsiavut and now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Sophie has been a performer for 10 years and is Vice President of the St. John’s Inuit drum group Kilutiup Songuninga (Strength of the Drum).
Deantha Edmunds-Ramsay, Classical Singer
Deantha Edmunds-Ramsay is originally from Newfoundland and Labrador. She is the first classical singer of Inuit descent. She is the featured soloist on the CD “Pillorikput Inuit: Inuktitut Arias for All Seasons.” It was nominated for a 2016 East Coast Music Award, the first time a classical album has been nominated in the Aboriginal Artist category. The album was launched in the fall of 2015, with a performance tour of Nunatsiavut. As well as teaching music at a private elementary school and working as an Aboriginal Student Advisor at New Brunswick Community College, Deantha has a great love of performing and shares this passion with a large studio of private voice students.
Hubert Francis & Eaglefeather, Musicians
J Hubert Francis of Eaglefeather, hails from Elsipogtog Mig’Mag Indian Reserve. The international award winning rock group led by Hubert Francis has been around since 1990, with it’s unique sound of traditional chants and contemporary rock. Eaglefeather’s last CD “Message From A Drum” has received two Juno award nominatinos, three East Coast Music award nominations, and an American Music Award nomination. Not restricted to Eaglefeather, Hubert is also a cast member of the “Drum Show ” for over 10 years – a musical production based out of Halifax NS. Drum! has performed for the Queen, the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver, toured on several occasions in USA , and recently in Dollywood at Sevierville, Tennessee.