Youth Leadership Program

RAVEN TALES STORYTELLING REVIVAL

Raven Tale Storytelling Revival (RTSR) is a leadership program for youth ages 15 to 30. RTSR is an exciting "Canada Youth Services Corps" project that Change Makers is offering over the next year to provide young adults with meaningful service opportunities. 


Through the project, youth will explore Truth and Reconciliation by connecting with elders, learning about traditional legends and working with mentors in theatre and film-making to develop and share their own stories. RTSR will be a project encompassing Canada’s past, present, and future of First Nations culture and its resilience. 

We welcome all youth interested in theatre, writing plays, performing and creating weekly vlogs.


Through this project, youth will develop a variety of skills including: effective oral and written communication, critical and creative thinking, time management, leadership and self-confidence, team work and self-discipline. 


Youth will also gain multimedia experience: working with video and audio equipment, recording, editing and posting on social media platforms, and learning how to enhance video quality.


The end goal is to produce their very own written play, and document the experience with video. The group will perform the play for the community at different planned events.  The multimedia facilitator will be educating the group on video and audio equipment. Creating weekly vlogs to update our social media pages on the progress of the project.

Contacts: Karen Buchanan, Executive Director

[email protected]

Celine Jeffries, Youth Outreach

[email protected] 250-627-4100

661 McKay Street

Prince Rupert, BC V8J3X6

FaceBook Page: Raven Tales Storytelling

Learn More

Call for Submissions

Topic: Innovation for Social Justice

With Our Grasp Zine

Submit to [email protected]

Change Makers’ is creating a zine in the community of Prince Rupert, BC (and surrounding areas) as a platform for those that are passionate in their work and/or beliefs.


If you would like to contribute to Change Makers’ Zine to share your thoughts, reach out and have your story shared.


Guide Lines:

-This is open to everyone.  

-Submissions accepted are photos, stories, poems and art work.

-All submissions must be your personal work.

-Include name to be published with work or  you may choose to remain anonymous. Max word count 800.

-You may include a short bio, and a description. (Both optional)

-Advertising space available.

-Submit work to [email protected]

Zine to be published Quarterly

Events

Events you shouldn't miss in the upcoming weeks.

January 2021

Happy New Year everyone!

Programs for the New Year


The Raven Tales Program is geared towards meaningful and culturally related programs for young adults (typically aged 15-30) in our community. It’s a chance to come out and craft, read, write, or sew.


Make and Mend

Happening every Monday from 3:30PM-6PM
Where you can explore textile arts, learning how to use a sewing machine, or how to hand stitch items such as masks, pyjamas, or baby items.

Vision Boards 

Wednesdays from 1PM-3PM. 

Set goals for the year with a vision board. A different way to visualize. With 2 weeks left, you still have time to get this done.

Creative Storm 

This is a chance to experiment with mixed media and create your own personal work of art, the activities vary every week depending on ideas from everyone in the group.

Fabulous Fashion Beading 

We recently created beautiful women in regalia. We can help you learn the basics and how to design your own beadwork.


With the COVID19 BC mandates in place, it's been challenging to get participants to come out. In the last couple of months, we have offered for items to be picked up at Change Makers to be completed at home, or to collaborate and join in on workshops or meetings via zoom.


Coming up in February we have a traditional cedar weaving workshop, where the youth will learn to make bracelets and medicine bags. Last but not least, we would love to start a walking club; where you can exercise, get some fresh air, and meet new people in the community while keeping a safe distance.


The activities and workshops that we facilitate have the goal of building a more resilient community. 

September 2020

Raven Tales Storytelling Revival

Program updates


Write Your Truth

This is an inclusive and experimental creative writing workshop where young adults can explore their voice through storytelling.

Our goals are to create various types of zines and to continue cultural storytelling techniques.

Your Host: Stefanie

Location: Change Makers' Education Society at 661 McKay St.

Day and Time: Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30


Cultural Learning Connections

These sessions take place every Friday, however you are welcome to drop-in whenever it fits your schedule.

This is an opportunity to meet with guest hosts, and learn more about cultural practices that take place in this area. All sessions include hands-on work to reflect on the learning our guests will offer.

Please look to the Raven Tales Storytelling Facebook and Instagram pages to learn who will be hosting, the time for the session, and where it will take place.


Story weaving: Living Languages

Every Friday in September we joined together to create an outdoor art installation at McKay St. Dog Park, near Change Makers’ office.

Staff and youth were mentored by an Indigenous language knowledge keeper to choose culturally meaningful words that will be woven with natural materials into the fence surrounding the park.


Lighting the Fire: Sparking Change

This is a series that started in August. It was focused on how people have used and still use fire today to create, perform and in traditional ceremonies.

Chris Nelson and Karen Buchanan held their events at the end of August and both were spectacular. I hope you'll join us next time.

Sept 2nd, 16th & 30th

2020

Raven Tales Storytelling | Write Your Truth

3:30-4:30PM

You can join us in person or through Zoom, our links are posted on our Facebook Page.


Write Your Truth is an inclusive and experimental creative writing workshop where youth can explore their voice through storytelling. Our goals are to create various types of zines and to continue cultural storytelling techniques. Our workshops will be held at Change Makers’ Education Society hosted by Stefanie on Wednesdays throughout the month of August.


You can learn more about our program on our Facebook Page or by Contacting us at (250) 627-4100 or by email [email protected]

Write Your Truth

Thursdays

2020

Raven Tales Storytelling | Creative Storm

6-8PM


You can join us in person or through Zoom, our links are posted on our Facebook Page.


The following sessions take place every week, however you are welcome to drop-in whenever it fits your schedule. We are happy to collaborate with you outside of these times as well.


Creative Storm Drop-in is a series of open-ended sessions that welcomes everyone to drop-in and choose creative ways to design and build art projects that reflect stories of reconciliation.


You can learn more about our program on our Facebook Page or by Contacting us at (250) 627-4100 or by email [email protected]

Creative Storm

August 

2020

Memorial Pole for Mom project continues

Join us as we visit Lyle Campbell one last time as a group on Wednesday, August 5th.


Lighting the Fire: Sparking Change continues ...

Lighting the Fire: Sparking Change is a series that explores some of the ways humans use and understand fire. In this series we will meet with a traditional helper, a silver carver, and a performance artist to experience how they each work with fire. Fire safety measures will be in place.

Jabu Bell

Jabu Bell is a Haida artist from Massett BC on Haida Gwaii. He currently practices out of his home in Prince Rupert.

His focus is jewelry and ornamental pieces. He has also done blanket designs and other various drawings throughout the years.

Jabu joined us on July 30th to share how he uses heat and fire to set his jewelry into a cement so that when he's engraving the pieces, they are set in place so that his detail work won't get damaged while working.

Karen Buchanan

Karen came to Kaien Island from the Atlantic coast in 2012.

She is a performance artist with a theatre background who believes that art and live performance allow for transformative learning opportunities, and offer useful tools to engage in deeper conversations about important issues.

She is also a wild-crafter, gardener, maker of soaps, potions and general magic, and formally trained as a Chartered Herbalist from Dominion Herbal College.

Through an exploration in nature, the group will learn about some sacred fire elements and explore how to use them to create a magical space to enhance the power of storytelling. We will walk the trails and gather for a beach fire at Butze Rapids.

Chris Nelson

We are invited to gather with Chris Nelson, who is a traditional helper. Chris will describe who he is and what he does.

The group will receive a cleansing in the form of a smudge, and learn the basics of how to ask for help.

Chris will work with people’s energy to guide the work we will do, and support others to set out intentions. He will work with where everyone is at, and may introduce a traditional fire ceremony to the group.


Creative Storm continues ... with a new focus.

The "Creative Storm: Outdoor Art Show" sessions take place every week, however you are welcome to drop-in whenever it fits your schedule.

Please let us know when you'd like to drop-in ahead of time so we can be ready. Call us at 250 627 4100 or drop us an email at [email protected] and we will make it happen!

Creative Storm is a series of open-ended sessions that welcomes everyone to drop-in and choose creative ways to design and build outdoor art projects that reflect stories of reconciliation. The art projects will be combined to create an outdoor walking art show. Maps

will be provided to find our art works, and the public will be invited to view the Creative Storm.

Save the date! Outdoor Art Show on Saturday, August 22nd.


NEW PROGRAMMING

Write Your Truth

Write Your Truth is an inclusive and experimental creative writing workshop where young adults can explore their voice through storytelling.

Our goals are to create various types of zines and to continue cultural storytelling techniques.

Your Hosts: Stefanie and Alfred

Location: Change Makers' Education Society at 661 McKay St.

Day and Time: Wednesdays from 3:30 - 4:30

Cultural Learning Connections

These sessions take place every Friday, however you are welcome to drop-in whenever it fits your schedule.

This is an opportunity to meet with guest hosts, and learn more about cultural practices that take place in this area. All sessions include hands-on work to reflect on the learning our guests will offer.

Please look to the Raven Tales Storytelling Facebook and Instagram pages to learn who will be hosting, the time for the session, and where it will take place.


Story weaving: Living Languages

For the week of August 17th - 21st we will come together to create an outdoor art installation at McKay St. Dog Park, near Change Makers’ office.

Youth will be mentored by Indigenous language knowledge keepers to choose culturally meaningful words that will be woven with natural materials into the fence surrounding the park.

Youth will mentor younger children in the neighbourhood on how to weave fresh branches into the chain link fence, and share in the learning of living languages.

Thursdays

August 2020

Raven Tales Storytelling | Creative Storm

6PM-8PM

Creative Storm Drop-in is a series of open-ended sessions that welcomes everyone to drop-in and choose creative ways to design and build outdoor art projects that reflect stories of reconciliation. The art projects will be combined to create an outdoor walking art show. Maps will be provided to find our art works, and the public will be invited to view the Creative Storm Outdoor Art Show on Saturday, August 22nd. Get ready to create waterproof outdoor art!

Creative Storm

August 7 & 14

2020

Raven Tales Storytelling | Cultural Learning Connections


Please join us from 2-4 pm at Change Makers', 661 McKay Street. We will explore stories of shape sifters from different nations and creative ways to express them as outdoor art pieces. What do these stories mean? How can we see them as a picture, painting, figure, or mask?


Please contact us at [email protected]@outlook.com to let us know that you are coming. We will plan for safe social distancing workspaces.

We look forward to seeing you here!

Cultural Learning Connections

July

2020

Summertime Fun

Programs to inspire creativity


We will continue with artistic explorations exploring Truth and Reconciliation while working with youth via Zoom meetings and, if they're on site, social distancing.


On site - In sight was one of the weekly events in June and it will continue in July! It's so much fun!

On site-In sight explores outdoor places and spaces and ways you might choose to interact with them.

Through a three-part series that photographs and videos outdoor sites in different ways, we will play with what it means to inhabit physical space. How does our work as artistic collaborators, change the meaning of spaces for people who come upon them?

This series is open to a broad range of ideas that we may have about space and place, and we are eager to dig into multiple ways of inviting the public to experience them.

It's all about you and your views. Creative Storm will also continue!


Creative Storm Drop-in is a series of open-ended sessions that welcomes everyone to drop-in and explore creative ways to express their Raven Tales Storytelling project experiences.

All explorations are entirely your own, and they may take one of many expressive forms, such as photos, poems, videos, comics, dances, raps, sculptures, monologues, sand art, and chalk drawings.

You are invited to post your expressions on the Raven Tales Storytelling Facebook page and Instagram accounts, although it is not required. We are also here to help you set up your own social media accounts and to give voice to your creativity through other online platforms such as TakingITGlobal.


Memorial Pole for Mom project with Lyle Campbell

We are invited to drop-in throughout the month of July where we will witness teams of carvers working on the totem pole.

Lyle extends a generous invitation to have us connect with the carvers’ ways of knowing, being and doing. We will open our hearts and minds to ask questions and share our thoughts as we learn about what the process of carving means culturally.

Our deeper understandings will be shared through photographs, text, and video creations that we craft in the moment and outside of the carving site (some of our other drop-in sessions will offer technical and creative support to make this happen).


About Lyle Campbell

Lyle Campbell is of the Sta-Sta-aas, Songalth Tribe of the Kaighani People of Haida Gwaii. He is a member of the Eagle Clan of the Edenshaw family.

He started drawing at the age of eight, and carving at the age of fourteen. Lyle spent two years studying formal design, and one year at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art at K’san in Hazelton, BC. He has had the privilege of working with many talented artists, including Haida artist Robert Davidson and Tsimshian artist Henry Green. Lyle now lives and works on his craft in Prince Rupert.

Following a 10-year hiatus from the art world, Lyle reinvented himself as an artist and carver. His newfound inspiration originates from his connection to the natural world, the power and beauty of Haida Gwaii, and the cultural songs and dance of the Haida People. During this time, he has also developed a new style, using more free-flowing design, applying bright colours and incorporating a playful and contemporary perspective.


About the Memorial Pole for Mom project by Lyle Campbell

This Haida Memorial Pole is to honour the life of a beautiful Haida Woman. Not just because she was my Mother but rather, some things just have to happen. I believe people in the world should know about her and her life. Perhaps to be inspired, maybe even a little kinder and accepting of one another. She was one who had faced so many challenges in life, yet displayed such graceful love, dignity and generosity.


Lighting the Fire: Sparking Change

Lighting the Fire: Sparking Change is a series that explores some of the ways humans use and understand fire.

In this series we will meet with a traditional helper, silver carver, and performance artist to experience how they work with fire. Fire safety measures will be in place.

Tuesdays

July 2020

Raven Tales Storytelling | Creative Storm

3:30PM-4:30PM


Creative Storm welcomes young adults to drop-in online or join us in person. We will explore different ways to express your experiences and ideas for working towards reconciliation as you work on the Raven Tales Storytelling project.

Creative Storm

Wednesdays

July 2020

Raven Tales Storytelling | Memorial Pole for Mom


2PM-4PM

Join youth from Raven Tales Storytelling to experience the Memorial Pole for Mom carving project that is led by artist and carver Lyle Campbell.


Lyle extends a generous invitation to have us connect with the carvers’ ways of knowing, being and doing. We will open our hearts and minds to ask questions and share our thoughts as we witness this historic event and learn about what the process of carving means culturally.

Memorial Pole

July 9, 16 & 23

2020

Raven Tales Storytelling | On Site - In sight

4PM-5PM


Outdoor Gallery Space and Place

We will come together as a group (virtually and in person) to bring together our outdoor art practice. We will consider different ideas of how to group and possibly combine our designs to create an outdoor gallery space. This session will plan how and where we can lay out and construct our Outdoor Gallery Space and Place.

On Site - In sight

We're still here

Back in business...

June 2020

We've updated our program with this beautiful new summer logo!

And, we are Back in Business! Well, after shutting down for a couple of months, we will continue with artistic explorations exploring Truth and Reconciliation while working with youth via Zoom meetings and, if they're on site, social distancing.

We look forward to this new adventure with the youth in our program. Check out our Raven Tales Storytelling facebook page to keep updated with all of the live and virtual events we are hosting.

If you know any youth (15-30) who may be interested in joining us please refer them. New volunteers are always welcome!

Give us a call at 250-627-4100 to set up an appointment,

or by email at [email protected]

Or, you can engage directly from the comfort of your home by joining Raven Tales Storytelling - Interactive Group.