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Fawn Wood explores climate change in Cree territory

By Alan Greyeyes | November 6, 2021

Tags: Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival | climate change | Embassy of Canada to Colombia. | Fawn Wood | High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom | Honour Song | sakihiwe festival

Fawn Wood takes us to Alberta for a look at climate change in Cree territory for the third episode of Honour Song season 2. Her 20-minute film, by Cree-ative Vision, begins with a round dance song and includes testimonials about climate change from Elders Charles and Mary Wood.

Honour Song is made possible by a partnership between the sākihiwē festival, the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom, Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival, and the Embassy of Canada to Colombia.

The episode will premiere on the sākihiwē festival's Facebook page and YouTube channel on Wednesday, November 10 at 10:00 AM CST.

Fawn was born in the rhythm of round dance season on an icy October evening. That evening resonated with the spirit of the round dance from her Cree ancestors through her father Earl Wood of Saddle Lake, Alberta. That same evening also echoed with the Salish chants and hums of the Whonnock and Stlatlimx peoples, the tribal heritage of her mother Cindy Jim-Wood. Since then, Fawn’s distinct style reflects the confluence of her parents’ tribal lineages.

The Cree-ative Vision team filmed and edited the episode. They are a family business from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation; Mother Natalie, sons Darcy and Vinson and daughter in law Colleen. They launched the company in 2018 after everyone completed training in several creative areas. Their services include website and graphic design, photography, video production, drone videography, and original illustrations.

The first two episodes of Honour Song were led by Leela Gilday and The North Sound. Both episodes are available on YouTube with English captions, French subtitles, and Spanish subtitles.

Aboriginal Music Manitoba, producer of the sākihiwē festival, would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council for their financial support of the sākihiwē festival's outreach programming.