Madeline Terbasket (Siya) and Asivak Koostachin (Lucas) at the play’s first performance in Vancouver in 2017. Photos David Cooper

Madeline Terbasket (Siya) and Asivak Koostachin (Lucas) at the play’s first performance in Vancouver in 2017. Photos David Cooper

Vancouver reconciliation play comes to Kitamaat

It was created and is performed by a mixed Indigenous and non-Indigenous cast

Reconciliation is the central theme of a play that will be presented by a touring theatre group in Kitamaat Village this week.

The šxʷʔa’ət play (home) play, presented by Vancouver-based Theatre For Living group, looks at issues of reconciliation in Canada. It was created and is performed by a mixed Indigenous and non-Indigenous cast and production team and weaves together stories based on real life and challenges us to make reconciliation true and honourable.

The play will be touring 19 communities in its run across B.C. and Alberta, returning to Vancouver on March 2.

šxʷʔa’ət means home in Hǝnq̓ǝmin’ǝm, a Coast Salish dialect, a word that embodies the spirit of reconciliation, particularly as Canada celebrated its 150th-anniversary last year, as well as the closure of the Truth and Reconciliation offices in 2015.

This audience interactive play puts real, tough, current issues on the stage about the blockages Canadians face moving towards reconciliation, inviting audiences to try to offer solutions to the real-life problems being presented.

The play asks the “What now?” question in regards to reconciliation and compels audiences to think about reconciliation not just as a thing of the past, but something that permeates many aspects of all of our lives.

šxʷʔa’ət (home) is directed by David Diamond, and Associate Director Renae Morriseau with the following cast: Asivak Koostachin (Inuk/Cree), Madeline Terbasket (Okanagan, Ho-Cak & Anishnabe), Joey Lespérance, Mutya Macatumpag, Nayden LA Palosaari (Cree), Rev. Meg Roberts, Sam Seward.

The play will be performed in the Haisla Rec Centre on Tuesday, January 30, at 7.30 p.m.

 

Vancouver reconciliation play comes to Kitamaat