The Land Bass Healing Workshop Presentations were designed by Shibastik to revive Native culture, instil pride, inspire courage, raise awareness, and promote healing. Using live Native hip hop and original art exhibition as well as storytelling and motivational speaking, these interactive and entertaining workshop presentations focus on many of the issues Indigenous 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 in the North and has a deep love for his people and his culture.
All Land Bass Healing workshop presentations are altered depending on the age range and can be delivered at all levels of education from primary to university.
* Hunt for Healing
Hunt For Healing teaches healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with issues such as depression, anger, and low self-esteem.
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.
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 life experience. Delivering a message of self-empowerment, self-respect, and self-worth, Hunt For Healing will ignite a fire of hope.
* Hurt People
Hurt People focuses specifically on residential schools and the devastating impacts they've had on our lives and in our communities. If bullying is an issue with your youth, this workshop is vital.
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. We must never forget that for 150 years our children were stolen and mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically 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, inmates incarcerated in correctional facilities, and our missing and murdered. 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.
* Native Class
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 Teachings that Shibastik will share and discuss. As well as advocating for the protection of the land and waterways, Shibastik reminds us of the importance of making our spirit plate offerings, while also encouraging we feed our own spirits by learning our history and practicing our traditions.
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 to make educated and positive decisions.
Shibastik hopes that people who participate in the Native Class workshop will find strength in knowing the truth, and a deeper appreciation for what it is to be First Nations.
Other presentation (Key note) topics include:
*Diabetes awareness, prevention, and management.
*Culture shock and city navigation for Natives from the north moving/working in the south.
*Culture shock and reserve navigation for educators/health workers moving/working in the North.
*Hunting stories and Cree cultural teachings
The original mobile studio song/video production workshop for Native youth and young adults. Participants will create a 100% original song with Shibastik's help and guidance. They will learn how to make a beat using a drum machine, how to structure a song, as well as lyrical techniques and writing skills. They will also experience the recording process and be given the opportunity to get on the microphone and speak their truth. Finally, participants will learn how to mix and master their work to create a final product that is all their own. This workshop is THERAPY as well as educational and fun! Instruments of any kind are always welcome. Drums, rattles, flutes and traditional vocals always encouraged!
There are many healthy ways to fight through your pain, and painting is one of them. Expressing yourself and releasing your emotions through art can be very therapeutic, and is a healthy coping mechanism for stress, anger, and depression. Shibastik will work with participants to provide art instruction on composition, visual elements, acrylic paint application and techniques, as well as share stories and teachings on art as a healing tool and a weapon to help you fight off your fear, fight for a cause, or fight through your pain, no matter how deep the wound. Those who participate in this workshop will leave with new skills as artists, some of the weight released, and a fresh outlook on life. (Art pieces produced can range from small canvases to large murals)
Growing up in the isolated northern Mushkego Cree communities of Moosonee and Moose Factory, Shibastik is an experienced hunter, fisherman, boatsman, and is most in his element when on a snow machine weaving through the vast frozen swamps of the James Bay Lowlands. With extensive knowledge of river and land navigation, traditional animal harvesting and survival tactics, Shibastik will host excursions and provide his own teachings as well as facilitate space for local elders and guides to address participants. (Boats/snow machines and local guides/elders must be provided)
Shibastik has always encouraged the return to our traditional ways of living, eating and thinking as a means to cope with stress, anger, depression and past trauma, but now more than ever it is vital for the youth in our remote northern Native communities to see what they HAVE around them. The land is alive and waiting for you. She wants to help you heal and become as strong as you were meant to be. She wants to feed you what you were meant to eat, provide you with the air you were meant to breathe and the water you were meant to drink. She wants to keep you warm in the cold and dry in the rain. She wants to show you true beauty and also remind you that this world can be harsh but we are all equipped with the abilities to handle every circumstance. Knowledge is power. Our culture is key.