New series of plays for the ear now playing
9 digital audio plays and 9 interviews from a diverse group of 49 artists exploring the question, “What does it mean to embrace all our relations?” Be provoked by this original fiction podcast and hear the stirring call to truth and reconciliation in our neighbourhoods, all across Canada. Captivating, unsettling, refreshing.
In 2023 We Treaty People was honoured with:
- nominations for both the Innovation and Trailblazer Awards at the SATAwards,
- presentation of the full series by Native Earth Performing Arts in their Weesageechak 36 Festival,
- and its radio broadcast premiere by CFCR 90.5FM.
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What's your next step toward truth & reconciliation?
by Shanda Stefanson
A rural couple finds a young man in need of help one bitter, winter morning… and are surprised at the differences they discover between themselves.
by Yvette Nolan
Caught at the intersection of sorrow and our nations’ symbols, two strangers find themselves at odds over questions of how soon is too soon, how much is enough?
by Amanda Trapp
Sifting through romantic facades and broken promises, a couple finds out what they truly long for.
by Joelle Peters
Separated by life’s forks in the road, childhood friends are reunited by grief. Old wounds strain the bonds they built in years past, despite their desire to reconnect. Sometimes to move forward, we must take a step back.
by Curtis Peeteetuce
In a dystopian future, adrift in space, Commander Trem Lylin archives listeners calling in to share their final thoughts about the current state of humanity – while they still can.
by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Ceremony, tradition, and fraud. In an imagined future a capricious girl prepares for her symbolic role in annual rites that renew commitments to inquests of old. Will she toe the line?
by Jennifer Dawn Bishop
The eyes of a child deconstruct the world in ways that the older and wiser haven’t even contemplated. When tucking in his granddaughter, a man is struck by a loaded question.
by Marcel Petit
Coffee, cookies and a conversation about being. Two friends wrestle with what treaty even means as they share a cuppa Joe.
by Stephen Waldschmidt
In the midst of spring seeding, a farmer is interrupted by the landowner. New voices join the fray, but what can break up entrenched opinions and cultivate common ground?
Production Dramaturgy by Yvette Nolan
Series sound design and audio production by Tim Bratton
Original music created by Darryl Dozlaw, Jordan Daniels, Marc Okihcihtaw and Donny Speidel
Stage management by Brooklynn Bitner, Yulissa Campos, and Stephen Waldschmidt
Graphic design and video editing by Brooklynn Bitner
Audience advisory: Content may not suitable for children.
Directors, Playwrights, Performers
More about We Treaty People
As a company we are seeking to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call To Action #83, to support good ways “for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process.” We are mindful also of the Calls For Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, particularly #6.1 which urges artists and arts producers to “take decolonizing approaches to their work” and to “support Indigenous people sharing their stories, from their perspectives, free of bias, discrimination, and false assumptions, and in a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive way.”
We are committed to creating spaces for diverse artists to be honest and open about their experiences and perspectives even when those views don't necessarily represent those of Burnt Thicket Theatre as an organization. We invite you as an audience member to lean in to hear those who are different from you, to be brave and to allow the space between all of us to be one of respect.
This project is made possible by a Digital Now Grant from Canada Council for the Arts, and by our major sponsors Shercom Industries, SK Arts, and Creative Saskatchewan.
*The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).