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Indigenous Education

Winter Solstice Virtual Celebration

December 8, 2020

Winter Solstice
Wednesday, December 16 | 2 pm
Facebook Live

Gatherings for the Winter Solstice bring comfort, warmth, and people together to share stories, laughter and of course, food. In many Indigenous cultures, winter represents an ancestral spirit, so reflecting on the past by sharing stories and thanking our ancestors is an important part of honouring where we’re from, especially as we plan for the cold months ahead.

Pull up a seat as we enjoy tales, teachings and story-telling from our Elders-in-Residence, special guests Rob Malo and Cliff Cardinal, and our very own Joseph Alex, Culinary Skills Instructor, is going to show us how to cook a meal perfect for this time of year. Hope to see you there!


Tracy Brant, Chair, Indigenous Education, brings greetings.





Elder Paul Guimond

Elder Paul will begin our event with an Honour Song and a teaching of the bear. He will also regale us with tales from his past.



Jules LavalleeElder Jules Lavallee

Elder Jules Lavallee shares stories from his childhood growing up in St. Laurent.



Rob Malo

Rob Malo, also known as TiBert le Voyageur is a Franco-Manitoban Métis storyteller, author, stage performer, juggler, poet, and community builder who shares his passion for history and culture with people of all ages. Recognized by Storytellers of Canada as being a Master Storyteller, Rob has also been the Storyteller in Residence at the University of Manitoba. He delights audiences through storytelling, music and song.

Joseph Alex, Culinary Skills Instructor

Joseph Alex shows us how to prepare a nutritious venison (deer meat) stew with winter squash, and takes us through all the health benefits you can reap from your dish.

For dessert, wild rice pudding!

Cliff Cardinal (Creator and Performer)

Cliff Cardinal premieres his new story A Christmas Tail for the Red River College community!

Born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Cliff Cardinal is best known for his solo play “huff”, which he has performed over 200 times. This hard-hitting yet hilarious show about indigenous youth who abuse solvents, has won numerous awards including the Buddies in Bad Times’ Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation and two Dora Awards (Outstanding Performance, Outstanding New Play). The production was awarded a five-star review in The Guardian Observer which called it a “hard-hitting tour de force.” “huff” has been published, translated into French, continues to tour and has been released as a podcast by the CBC. Cliff also wrote “Stitch” and “Too Good To Be True” before embarking in new solo venture, “Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special”. He is the associate artist at VideoCabaret. You can also hear his band, Cliff Cardinal and The Skylarks, on Spotify.