Native Class (The 7 Teachings)
Hunt for Healing
We must never forget that for 150 years our children were stolen and mentally, spiritually, physically and often sexually abused in concentration camps they called residential schools. It is a dark part of our history that still haunts us. Its lingering effects are most evident in the large and disproportionate numbers of our youth in foster care, our incarceration rates, and our missing and murdered women. Our resilience is our strength, proving it's never too late to revive who they tried to kill in us! It is time to end the cycle of pain that began in residential schools.
The Healing Through Hip Hop Workshops were designed by Shibastik to instil pride, inspire courage, raise awareness, and promote healing. Using live music and original artwork as well as storytelling and motivational speaking, these interactive and entertaining workshops focus on many of the issues Aboriginal youth are all too often confronted with. While topics including depression, suicide, addiction, and the inter-generational effects of residential schools are discussed, the importance of healing and moving forward are the focus. Whether small or large, audiences are captivated by the music, artwork, and storytelling of a Native who grew up on the land and has a deep love for his people and his culture.
For Shibastik, the land has always been a source of strength, a place to heal, to reconnect, and to recenter. Life is all about balance. There must be balance in nature, and there must be balance within. When healing, it is important to focus on the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual sides of one's self. It is all connected, as are we.
Hunt For Healing teaches healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with issues such as depression, anger, and low self-esteem.
Through his work as a IRCS (Intensive Rehabilitation in Custody Supervision) Worker at a Secure Custody Youth Detention Centre, Shibastik gained extensive experience working with troubled youth. Shibastik also received a wide variety of training, in everything from cognitive therapy, to building sweat lodges and running sharing circles. This workshop is a product of all of this work and experience. Delivering a message of self-empowerment, self-respect, and self-worth, HTHH's Hunt For Healing will ignite a fire of hope. Through education and understanding, we can begin the process of healing.
THE ART OF NISH-HOP
As well as advocating for the protection of the land and waterways, Shibastik encourages youth to feed their inner spirit by learning their history and practicing their traditions. Shibastik has found s
Music is medicine. It can be used to heal. It can also be used to poison. There are many negative influences in mainstream media, including materialism, alcohol and drug abuse, promiscuity, and violence, among others. This workshop teaches the importance of becoming media literate in order for youth to make educated and positive decisions. Youth who have participated in the Native Class workshop have found self-confidence and an appreciation for what it is to be First Nations.
Coping with loss, dealing with depression, finding peace.
Respect, love, courage, wisdom, humility, honesty, and truth.
This customizable workshop can be tailored to meet your specific needs. From beginners who have never written lyrics before to seasoned musicians who would like to have demos of their songs produced. Shibastik will set up his mobile 'Swamp Creeture Studio' on the spot and help make the magic happen! Participants will have the opportunity to write lyrics, produce beats, compose songs and record and mix vocals, all with Shibastik's help and guidance. The end product will be a completely original song that the participants can be proud to call their own!
The Hurt People workshop focuses specifically on residential schools and the devastating impacts they've had on our lives and in our communities. Many do not associate residential school traumas with current issues affecting their families and/or communities. Even worse, these problems are often generalized as 'just a Native thing.' "We do not have these issues because we are Native," says Shibastik. "We have these issues as a direct result of our historical trauma." Shibastik feels it is extremely important that all Canadians make this connection.
A discussion of the inter-generatonal
effects of residential schools.
*Art Therapy Sessions
*Music Therapy Sessions
A proud Cree hunter from the James Bay Lowlands, Shibastik was taught many valuable lessons while living off the land, including the value of hard work, the art of patience, and respect for nature.
The Native Class workshop reminds us about our history as Native people, and who we have the power to be today. RESPECT is key and LOVE is the answer! These are just two of the seven sacred teachings that Shibastik will share and discuss.
"My goal is to inspire all youth to strive to live with respect and love, to be honest and to seek the truth, to work to gain wisdom and to have the courage to stand by their beliefs and morals. With humility, I remind each and every one that we are all equal in the eyes of the Creator and we have all been blessed with our own gifts. I hope to leave a positive impression that will last a life time" ~ Shibastik
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