Written by Jamie
The last week has been very rewarding. We have made great progress with the program. The students are very excited about the things that we are doing. In the coming weeks I will post some images of them in the working process. We had a few media forms we needed back, so that we could post their image. This week we began the first rubric of the workshops, which is the first individual projects. For Chris, they will be making T-shirts, and for myself they will be making a work that includes narrative, sound (orally, or sound effects) with some sort of technology. SO we may have videos, music, performances etc… In terms of my own work that I am doing, I am still in the research phase of production. I found out that the students are very talented in a wide variety of things, such as singing, writing, rapping, drawing. We will try to push them a bit as some of them are too shy to actually show people their talents. I am trying to gain more knowledge of the local community, whilst meeting local inhabitants. A Cree cultural class is offered at the school, where students learn about their traditions of past, speak Cree with each other, and continue to learn useful skills such as how to properly butcher animals such as Bears, Moose, Beavers etc… Speaking of bears. This weekend the local hockey team had a match against Val d’Or. It was a blowout. 5-1 for the bears, hence picture above. It was pretty busy at the arena, and was a pretty action packed match. One of the things we noticed, was that the league appears to be co-ed. There was no body checking, so the game remained quite fast and focused more on skill rather than brute force. We enjoyed it very much. The arena complex, is also where the fitness studios are located. Spin classes, Yoga, Insanity etc… are taught here. I will be hopefully speaking with the director there to see if I can offer some martial arts classes there. I have been studying martial arts for over 15 years and have always enjoyed sharing the philosophy and physical training with people. Finally, there was also a family fair at the community centre/arena. I attended to see what kind of things would be happening there, whilst also bringing my camera and digital recorder to collect things for new works. I ended up having a great conversation with a woman whose daughters is a teacher Voyageur Memorial school, within the french sector. We ended up taking for about an hour, and I was happy that I could conduct most of the conversation in french. It was also nice to finally meet her as well. As we had bumped into each other in the hallway. I also made it down to Elder’s point finally, and went to the Mistissini Lodge. The area around there is quite nice, a great view. I can’t believe that we are already in week three, time really is flying.