This summer, Parks Canada welcomes you to a very special Knowledge Sharing Series at Lower Fort Garry. Immerse yourself in the cultural perspectives of First Nations artists through writing, film and astronomy, among other teachings.

On select Saturdays throughout July and August, our guests will speak about their experiences and share knowledge that they have gained over the years. Anyone wanting to learn more about and connect more deeply with First Nations culture is invited and encouraged to attend.

Admission to all events in included with your daily admission to Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site.


Guests

Ian Ross

July 9 – Ian Ross

Join us for a book club and Q&A with writer and playwright Ian Ross.

Bio: Ian Ross was born in McCreary, Manitoba. He calls the First Nation of Pinaymootang, the Métis community of Kinosota and the city of Winnipeg, home. His play, fareWel, won the Governor General’s Award for English Drama in 1997. His commentaries as Joe from Winnipeg on CBC radio and television, as well as NCI, were very popular. Ian has also been a drama instructor and educator for several years. He continues to write and live in Winnipeg.

 


Lisa Meeches

July 23 – Lisa Meeches

The series continues with celebrated film producer Lisa Meeches and a showing of We Were Children, which won two Canadian Screen Awards.

Bio: A member of both the Order of Canada and Order of Manitoba, Lisa Meeches is one of the most dynamic and respected producers in the film industry. She is Anishinaabe from Long Plains First Nation, Sandy Bay First Nation and Ebb & Flow First Nation. 

Lisa has produced numerous projects to critical acclaim including The Sharing Circle, Canada’s longest-running Indigenous television series; Ice Road TruckersTipi Tales; two-time Gemini Award winner Elijah and two-time Canadian Screen Award winner Jack.

She served as an executive producer We Were Children, is widely praised by residential school survivors for its power to heal, while general audiences have been moved by its accurate and truthful portrayal of the impacts of Canada’s colonial past. The film won two Canadian Screen Awards and was nominated for two others.


Carl Stone

August 6 – Carl Stone

Join Carl Stone to learn more about First Nations ceremonies and traditional teachings.

Bio: Carl William Stone (BA) was born on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and raised by his Grandmother Eliza Stone. She was a respected Elder and of the Anishinaabe Midaywin Society.

For the last 45 years, Carl has been active in the reclaiming of the Anishinaabe Spiritual and Cultural ways of his people. In the mid-1970s, Carl was one of two young men of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation who played a role in bringing back the Traditional Drum to the Nation. After 100 years of silence, the Brokenhead Drum sounded its voice once again.

Carl is currently retired but works as an Elder-in-Residence for the Indigenous Student Centre at the University of Manitoba two days a week. Carl also works in ceremonies such as the Sundance, Sweat lodge, and other ceremonies, he is an Elder’s helper, and holds guest lectures on traditional teachings and spirituality.


Wilfred Buck

August 20 – Wilfred Buck

You’ll be looking up to the sky for the final installment of the Knowledge Sharing Series as Ininiw (Cree) astronomer Wilfred Buck helps us understand the cosmos.

Bio: Wilfred Buck is an Indigenous astronomer, author, educator, Sun Dance Chief, Knowledge Keeper and Portable Planetarium owner and operator.

Wilfred originates from Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with two degrees in education. He has 25 years of experience as an educator and served as a Science Facilitator at the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre for 15 years.