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TRAction is proud to host our second gathering of the Climate Art Web this February 5, 2023, at 2pm MT.

At this gathering, we will showcase two artists featured on the site and also give you a chance to connect with other artists who are concerned with and committed to addressing climate change.

Presenting Artists

Sandra Lamouche (she/her; MA) is a Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree Woman) from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Northern Alberta. She married into the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta and is now a proud mother to two boys with braids. In 2007, she completed her BA in Native American studies from the University of Lethbridge, and in 2021, she successfully defended her MA Thesis at Trent University, titled Nitona Miyo Pimadisiwin (Seeking a Good Life) Through Indigenous Dance, which examines Indigenous Dance as a social determinant of health and well-being.

Sandra is a multidisciplinary creator, artist, writer and storyteller, a champion hoop dancer, an award-winning Indigenous Educational Leader, and a two-time TEDx Speaker. She has over 15 years of experience in 10 international styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip hop and powwow styles, and the hoop dance. She has performed, collaborated with, studied and trained with Indigenous Dance Companies such as Daystar Modern Dance Creations with Rosalie Jones, founder of Modern Native Dance (Rochester, NY); Dancing Earth: Contemporary Indigenous Dance Creations with Rulan Tangen; Compaigni V’ni Dansi Metis and Contemporary dance with Yvonne Chartrand (Vancouver, BC); Kahawi Dance Theatre with Santee Smith (Toronto, ON); Jack Gray of Atamira Dance Company (New Zealand), O. Dela Arts (Ontario), and Raven Spirit Dance (Vancouver).

Yolanda Weeks (Yo) is an installation artist, community arts facilitator and art director originally from Montréal/Tiohtià:ke, Qc. Canada. Rooted in land art and fiber arts, she forages, sources and needle felts natural materials into large scale creations. Yo’s Nomadic Nest installation and performance series contemplates constructs and concepts of home, territory, security, migration and movement. The act of cocooning herself and others in these giant nest-like ephemeral creations aims to comfort, confront and ultimately connect its inhabitants to a deeper sense of belonging (to the land, to themselves, to the world outside the warmth of these deciduous homes). These unique pieces and immersive experiences serve as a reminder to her and others to tread lightly on the land.

Her work in community arts centres on accessible frameworks, environmentally engaged expression and creative empowerment.

The artist currently nests in the Eastern Townships of Québec, Abenaki Territory. Her ancestors reside in the Netherlands, Ireland and England.

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