Virtual Gold

Virtual Gold, Episode 7 - Hope Matters

June 16, 2021 Western Season 1 Episode 7
Virtual Gold
Virtual Gold, Episode 7 - Hope Matters
Show Notes

Hope Matters Podcast - Virtual Gold: LISTEN! Presentation

Part of Western Gold’s National Indigenous History Month 2021 programming
and presented in partnership with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, featuring Lee Maracle, Columpa Bobb, and Tania Carter.

Join multiple award-winner Lee Maracle and her daughters Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter as they read from their book Hope Matters, which takes us on the journey of Indigenous people from colonial beginnings to reconciliation
. Maracle states that the book “is also about the journey of myself and my two daughters.” During their youth, Bobb and Carter wrote poetry with their mother, and eventually they all decided that one day they would write a book together. This book is the result of that dream.
Written collaboratively by all three women, the poems in Hope Matters blend their voices together into a shared song of hope and reconciliation.

Traditional welcome and song shared by Xwechtaal Dennis Joseph.

Coast Salish Anthem

George Family Tsleil-waututh Nation

Thank you to the George Family of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation for use of Coast Salish Anthem.

Video and Editing by Xwechtaal Dennis Joseph and Stephen Bulat
of Mix Media Productions.

Western Gold Theatre gratefully acknowledges that we are on the traditional and un-ceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We deeply thank them for so generously allowing us to live, work and play on their beautiful lands.

Artists’ Bios

LEE MARACLE - Lee Maracle is an Elder and Siem and a member of the Stó:lō Nation, in British Columbia. Lee is one of Canada’s most prolific and celebrated authors having fostered a tremendous career as an internationally renowned author, writer, spoken word performer, and poet. Among other recognitions, Lee is an Order of Canada award recipient, and is currently a Professor within the Indigenous Studies Department at the University of Toronto, in addition to being a Traditional Teacher and Elder at First Nations House, and member of the Elders’ Circle. Lee is the granddaughter of Tsleil-Waututh Chief Dan George.

COLUMPA C. BOBB - Columpa is a playwright, actor, educator, and activist of Tsleil Waututh and Nlaka’pamux heritage. She has been a theatre practitioner for over 33 years. She has worked across Canada and the globe. Jumping Mouse (co-written with Marion deVries), a play for young audiences, was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award and a James Buller Award. She’s also an award-winning actor, known for both stage and television work.

TANIA CARTER - Tania has a Master’s degree in theatre, which was written in poetry and dance. She was guided by the late Leonard George. She has a BA in World Literature and is a part author of Hope Matters. Her poetry has been published in several reviews and anthologies, and she attended Enowkin International School of Writing and Spirit Song theatre School.

XWECHTAAL DENNIS JOSEPH -  Xwechtaal Dennis Joseph is a traditionally trained speaker in the Coast Salish Longhouse. He is deeply involved in many Traditional Cultural and Spiritual activities including Tribal Journeys and supporting families in times of loss. Among others he attributes his teachings primarily to Coast Salish Elders. He worked for Squamish Nation for 40 years 28 of them as an elected representative.

Dennis is an accomplished musician He is co-founding member of Rock & Blues group Bitterly Divine. A few years ago he joined Rocking group Whyte Feather formed in 1968 and currently have a documentary on them in the works. More recently he formed a group with his Haida Gwaii brother Jamie Thomson whose music is based on their respective Cultures.