CONNECTION TO LAND VIDEO SERIES
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 encouraging people to understand and show respect for the longstanding Indigenous history that has brought everyone together to reside on this land. In 2022, Symmetree Theatre's Connection to Land video series aimed to creatively support this relatively new practice through three separate performance videos. The creators of these videos would be Indigenous, and they would show us how they themselves were inspired by the land through their own piece.
This series was led by three separate Indigenous artists: Melinda Richter, Dene Plews, and Megan Shott, who each crafted these stories—wrote and directed them from the ground up—sharing original material about their own connection to the land. They shared new and innovative stories in a way that was very outside of the box, while still being true to the core elements of their traditional culture and why the land is impactful to them within their culture.
The project will premiere in Wood Buffalo on October 22, 2022, as part of the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys).