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Cathy Elliott

Mi’kmaq Artist, Writer, Actor, Blogger.

Cathy Elliott is a multi-disciplined Mi’kmaq artist and a proud member of Sipekne'katik, Nova Scotia. Her screenplay for the DAREarts documentary “Fill My Hollow Bones” was narrated by Graham Green. She wrote and directed The Talking Stick, the first all-aboriginal musical in the history of the Charlottetown Festival. The finale of The Talking Stick was featured at Will and Kate’s Royal Visit to PEI in 2011. A concert version of The Talking Stick was presented at the TRC Gathering in Halifax. In 2012, She was the Indigenous Liaison for New World Theatre Project’s The Tempest in Cupids, Newfoundland. She portrayed Ariel as a Beothuk Grandmother, and translated portions of the script into Beothuk and Mi’kmaq. “Fireweeds” her Yukon musical premiered at the Red Barn Theatre and had several productions. "Moving Day", her one woman musical, premiered at Talk is Free Theatre and had productions in the inaugural Next Stage Festival, Halifax and Orillia. She has been working with Native Earth Performing Arts as a playwright, and her Annie Mae Pictou Aquash play Aluasa'sit was featured in 2016 Weesageechak Festival. She is currently writing a musical about Mi'kmaq Ethnologist Jerry Lonecloud. She is DAREarts' First Roots Aboriginal Program Associate.

About DAREarts

DAREarts empowers at-risk kids with life skills to become leaders using the arts.
DAREarts Website: http://www.darearts.com/index.shtml
DAREartsBlog: https://darearts.wordpress.com/category/insights-by-cathy-elliott/
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Mama Bear Teaches Us How To Dream

Twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack was robbed of his culture, his innocence, his life. DAREarts is dreaming of a time when these children can live a life full of possibility and hope.
11/21/2016 02:53 EST
Cathy Elliott

Collaborative Art Helps Support Indigenous Youth Mental Health

The toxic headlines, the comment sections, the conversations with "helpful" strangers; how does a young indigenous youth process and proceed? It's hard enough just being a "native teen." When you're locked down in "Indian" designation, you have to cope with the confusion, fear, anger and anguish that you are exposed to every day.
09/07/2016 07:40 EDT
Cathy Elliot

Attawapiskat Youth Are Ready To Show Canada Their Strength

Last month, I wrote about my frustration with how slowly Canada is moving toward reconciliation with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples. I despaired about the bad news coming out of reservations, the streets, the jails, our women and girls, the youth suicides... and wondered if we were ever going to move from pretty words to action.
06/22/2016 12:42 EDT
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The Time For Pretty Words About First Nations Has Passed

When I hear about more suicide pacts, attempts, successes, my heart breaks into pieces. I see their faces. I see them smiling, joking, wrestling with life's mysteries, reaching out to their grandparents and my heart bursts with love, pride and despair. When I see them dance, sing, drum, draw, write and speak eloquently about the world as they see it, my mind is overwhelmed by their potential. And I am struck dumb by the idea that their potential is being smothered. Willfully. With impunity.
05/26/2016 11:33 EDT

We're Already Living in the Future

Escape From an Inhospitable Planet As a kid in high school, I was the one who was called out by other girls and beaten up by the boys in the school yard. Being the new kid in the hall, year after year...
08/08/2014 05:18 EDT
Sunny Freeman

Teaching Our Kids in the South About Our Kids in the North

If I were to make a PSA about the difference between mainstream schools and northern Aboriginal schools, I would start with a shot of a classroom in the Ontario's south. I'm in a classroom in the Orangeville, Ontario area. I show them pictures, a bit of video, and talk about our students in Canada's Aboriginal Communities. I tell them to imagine the classroom they're in is actually in the north. They're drinking bottled water or their parents are boiling it for five minutes for safety. Their food is three to five times as expensive as in the south. They realize that, in the short time they've been on this planet, they have had so much.
12/27/2013 08:47 EST