Share Your Roots

SHARE YOUR ROOTS VR COMPETITION

CONGRatulations to our finalists!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition and during the voting process. We received some amazing submissions and feel fortunate to have been able to connect with all of the competition semi-finalists. Congratulations to the top 4 finalists!

Matricia Bauer

Matricia Bauer

Matricia’s submission was a Wapakwanis Plant Walk and Talk that would be hosted in Jasper, Alberta. During this experience, she would show how the ecosystem works with us and how plants and trees help to sustain us. She wants to focus on the importance of understanding the natural world and why we need to protect it.  

Michelle Savoie

Michelle Savoie

Michelle is looking to share her knowledge of the traditions of canoeing through an interpretative experience with the Voyageur Canoe. This experience would include parts of history, culture and adventure. Michelle’s submission is not only inspired by the opportunity to share knowledge but also empower young women and men to learn more about their history.  

Nick Printup

Nick Printup

Nick’s main teaching is to highlight the origin of Lacrosse, the Creator, and the Haudenosaunee people. He wants to bring recognition to Lacrosse as it is Canada’s national sport. Nick’s love of Lacrosse and his culture was the inspiration behind his submission, and he seeks to share more about Lacrosse in both a traditional and modern sense. 

Quanah George

Quanah George

Quanah’s main teaching is sharing his knowledge of tanning hides and hunting. He will go through the process of tanning hides in his VR experience. He believes it is important to pass along his knowledge to younger generations.  

 

 

Semi-finalist profiles

Arthur Hunter

Arthur Hunter

Arthur wants to share the history of the Rainy River First Nations. Teaching the history is a critical part of giving younger generations a sense of identity, pride and self-esteem. His teaching will highlight the struggles and triumphs of the Rainy River peoples and will be hosted on Rainy River First Nations. 

Bonnie Marwood

Bonnie Marwood

Bonnie is inspired by her family, love of nature, and her history and she wants to share her knowledge of the Métis people of Saskatchewan. Bonnie’s submission is focused on telling the fur trader experience from her grandfather’s perspective. Her hope is that sharing this story will aid in instilling a sense of pride in the Métis people.  

Zongwe Binesikwe, Cindy Crowe, & Cynthia Nault

Zongwe Binesikwe, Cindy Crowe, & Cynthia Nault

This group’s submission is looking to capture the process of the traditional Spiritual protocols at each stage of the teaching lodge. This experience would show parts of building the lodge, interactions with volunteers, enjoying food and company, and participating in ceremonies at the lodge.  

Damian John

Damian John

Damian is a self-taught artist who is looking to share his artistic knowledge and show the importance of finding your voice and telling stores through different mediums. His art is heavily influenced by the art he was exposed to growing up and reflects his personal journey as well as the stories of the Tl’azt’en people. Damian wants to inspire individuals to recognize what makes them unique and help them to find how they can tell their story.  

Janna Pratt

Janna Pratt

Janna’s submission would take place on Muskowekan First Nation at a residential school. She is inspired to tell this story by her grandmother who went to this school. Her story would be told through a child’s perspective to show the experience of a residential school.   

Jason Carter

Jason Carter

Jason recognizes that reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is growing in Canada, and he aims to expand awareness of smudging ceremonies. He wants to show how smudging is done and best practices, along with the importance of smudging. He is inspired by his elders to follow a spiritual way of life and has been smudging for most of his life. 

Michael Polak

Michael Polak

Michael, joined by a knowledge keeper, is looking to share how the Haudenosaunee people have been leaders of innovation, leadership principles, and governance and illustrate how these principles can translate in to modern day business success. He wants to highlight Indigenous innovations and show how they can be leveraged today. 

Rick Myers

Rick Myers

Rick’s submission is a drum group singing shown in the VR experience. This activity would be hosted by the Wauzhusk Onigum Nation in Kenora, Ontario. Rick believes that this experience would be a valuable teaching tool and would highlight unity and innovation.  

Serenna Besserer

Serenna Besserer

Serenna’s submission is to show how to make traditional medicine from the land. She is hoping to share her land-based knowledge and show how that can be applied to making natural medicine. The main teaching would be how to treat skins conditions with products from nature.  

want to see what this competition is all about? Check out this video!