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Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin

The Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin was created over ten years ago as a grassroots effort to provide a free community service to support the arts, culture and heritage community throughout the Kootenays. Click the link below to see all public events, news, advocacy and funding opportunities. The West Kootenay Regional Arts Council gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of British Columbia, through the British Columbia Arts Council.

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Lower Kootenay Band Mourns Loss Of Wayne Louie

Wayne Louie Lower Kootenay Band

The Lower Kootenay Band mourns the loss of a respected leader and community advocate, Wayne Louie. Wayne passed away suddenly at age 59 while working at the Site C Dam in the Fort St. John area.

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Sunshine Coast Arts Council E-NEWS - Fegruary/March 2019

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is a volunteer-based society founded February 22, 1966 to raise the profile of local artists and artisans. Our mandate: to broaden the opportunities for the citizens, artists and artisans of the Sunshine Coast to enjoy and participate in local cultural activities.

Fegruary/March 2019

Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin

The Kootenay Arts E-Bulletin was created over ten years ago by the West Kootenay Regional Arts Council as a grassroots effort to provide a free community service to support the arts, culture and heritage community throughout the Kootenays. Public events, news, advocacy and funding opportunities - if its Kootenay arts and culture, it's here! Our aim is to make the information more accessible. Get your arts, culture and heritage news from throughout the whole region in one location at your convenience.

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(Columbia Basin) – Over 150 arts and culture projects—including the Columbia Basin Culture Tour—have received a total of $751,000 in funding support for the 2018-19 season through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust.

2018-2019 Funded Projects

"It's exciting to see the range of projects that were successful in their applications for the Trust funding through the CKCA. It's also impressive to see the scope of the projects; there are artists taking their first steps towards becoming professionals, to individuals receiving funding for major projects, and everything in between. The members of the CKCA Steering Committee are very pleased to continue our relationship with Columbia Basin Trust, fostering excellence in the arts and culture community across the region," said Laura White, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance Chair.

Funding applications were adjudicated in May by the CKCA Steering Committee, with input from community arts councils. Support will go toward a wide range of projects, including individual and group projects, master classes, touring and major exhibition projects.

"Residents have told us that a strong arts and culture sector is an important part of life in the Basin," said Michelle d'Entremont, Manager, Grants and Programs, Columbia Basin Trust. “Supporting these projects means artists and organizations get the help they need to further their work and residents benefit from a culturally vibrant region."

CKCA funding helps individuals and organizations realize arts and cultural projects across all arts disciplines, including visual art, theatre, music, dance, media, literature and inter-arts. For a list of funded projects, visit the CKCA website at www.basinculture.com or call 1-877-505-7355.

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust's programs and initiatives, visit www.ourtrust.org or call 1-800-505-8998.

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Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

Photo cutline: Starbelly Jam Performance from 2018 summer event.

Louis Bockner Starbelly Jam 2018

Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization

This is a very powerful and imporant work which may help inform your work in the arts, culture and heritage sector. It was forwarded to me by Duff Sutherland, SCFA.

Reconciliation Canada is also a great resource for further information, programs, workshops and speakers: ReconciliationCanada.ca

Read The Manual

As part of a commitment to implement the TRC recommendations FPSE has produced, Whose Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization. The manual was also inspired by the work and activism of the indigenous leader, Arthur Manuel. You may remember that Arthur Manuel spoke at the college a couple of years ago as part of FPSE/SCFA Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee's speaker series.

The manual consists of short articles by mostly indigenous writers about the profoundly destructive impact of colonialism on their own lives and the lives of their families and communities. There are articles about the effect of being dispossessed from traditional lands, the regime of the Indian Act, schooling of children, the treaty process, the suppression of indigenous law, culture and world view, and missing and murdered indigenous women. There are also articles about resurgence and resistance, and the pathway to reconciliation through decolonization.

The manual concludes with Justice Murray Sinclair's 2017 convocation speech at TRU's Law School in which he tells graduates that, "you have to believe that doing something about this history is the right thing to do and you have to be fearless in doing what you can."

The cover includes a quotation from Arthur Manuel, "wishing you a wonderful experience decolonizing yourself." There was laughter about that at the official launch of the manual at Emily Carr University in March.

The manual is 78 pages long; I read it in an evening. To me it provides good context for discussions about indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.


Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs: Annual Funding 2016/17–2020/21

All areas receive Community Initiatives funding, while the communities and areas around the Arrow, Kinbasket, Duncan and Koocanusa reservoirs which were most affected by the construction of the Treaty dams, also receive Affected Areas funding.

Local Government Annual Funding
City of Revelstoke $404,269
Ktunaxa Nation Council (four bands) $144,900
Shuswap Band $36,225
Regional District of Central Kootenay $1,486,213
Regional District of East Kootenay $1,197,531
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary $354,973
Town of Golden $325,562
Village of Valemount $261,950

Kootenay Arts Bulletin News

Award winning movies, puppets from Iceland, bawdy comedy and music – it’s all at The Bailey!

  Wednesday February 20, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Trail & District Arts Council presents Sunday Cinema VICE Sunday, February 24 at 4:30 pm – The Royal Theatre The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush. … Continue reading

CVAC February Newsletter

  Wednesday February 20, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

APPLY NOW 2019-2020 Arts & Culture Funding Programs Deadlines Are As Close As March 1st Phantom Of The Gallery Call To Artists Submission Deadline: July 15th, 2019 Click Here To Read More Phantom Of The Gallery Exhibit Exhibit Date: September … Continue reading

BCTC Newsletter February 2019

  Wednesday February 20, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

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World of Puppets’ “Metamorphosis”

  Wednesday February 20, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Date & Time: March 9 at 7:30 pm For more info go to http://trail-arts.com/ or call 250-368-9669  or visit The Bailey Theatre, 1501 Cedar Ave., Trail. Submission: Metamorphosis is a show by Bernd Ogronik, of Worlds of Puppets who was … Continue reading

World of Puppets’ “Peter and the Wolf”

  Wednesday February 20, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Date & Time: March 9 at 2 pm In this beautiful telling of “Peter and the Wolf” by World of Puppets, each character is portrayed by an amazing cast of intricate marionettes carved of wood, as well as other styles … Continue reading

Sunday Cinema – looks so great! / Plus another climbing movie!

  Wednesday February 20, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Hello, Please find the attached Sunday Cinema films presented by The Trail & District Arts Council. They have some amazing films coming including VICE and IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK. Tickets are $10 at the door. We are thrilled to … Continue reading

Do you Like to Have Fun?

  Wednesday February 20, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Join in the Fun at Key City Theatre! We have added an Evening Orientation Session Just for You! Do you like to have FUN? Make new friends?  (Maybe even famous ones?) Learn new skills? Make a difference in your community? Are … Continue reading

FPCC Makes Record Investment in B.C. First Nations Languages

  Wednesday February 20, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

February 13, 2019 We are excited to announce today that FPCC has significantly increased programs, outreach and funding to document and build fluency in B.C.’s First Nations languages for the 2018/19 program year. The increased support is possible because of … Continue reading

Key City Theatre: Brilliant Dance, Ground-breaking Musical Theatre – We Have it All!!

  Wednesday February 20, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

Friday February 22 at 7:30 pm Canada’s Ballet Jorgen – Coppelia Create precious memories with your family  My daughter and I just saw this ballet at Hamilton theatre in Cambridge today and we just wanted to say how excellent it … Continue reading

Save the Date!

  Wednesday February 20, 2019     Kootenay Arts Bulletin  

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