CONNECTION TO LAND
BY SYMMETREE THEATRE, BERTEIG IMAGING & ARTS COUNCIL WOOD BUFFALO
OCTOBER 2022 | WOOD BUFFALO BOUNDARIES OF TREATY 8 TERRITORY.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Land Acknowledgements have been delivered at the start of meetings and events across Treaty 8 Territory with the goal of showing respect for the longstanding Indigenous history that has brought us together to reside on this land. In 2022, Symmetree Theatre's Connection to Land film series aimed to creatively support this practice through three performance videos. The creators of these films would be Indigenous, and they would show us how they themselves were inspired by the land through their own short films.
The three artists behind this series were Melinda Richter, Dene Plews, and Megan Shott. They wrote and directed their stories from the ground up—sharing original material about their own connection to the land. Symmetree Theatre & Berteig Imaging supported these artists by exposing them to contemporary filmmaking techniques and the editing process, prioritizing the preservation of each artist's personal connection to culture and how the land impacts them.
The project premiered in Wood Buffalo on October 22, 2022, as part of the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys).