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Indigenous Perspective Workshops

September 8-October 4

Develop a deeper understanding of Indigenous culture and art with our new Indigenous Perspective Workshops, where we bring Métis stories and culture to life with instructor Natalie Pepin. 

Birch Bark Basket Making and Rosehip Harvesting

Offered September 8, 13 and 15

In this workshop, you’ll learn the traditional skill of basket making and discover the seasonality of harvesting as you embark on a guided plant walk around the Fort Edmonton Park trails with instructor Natalie Pepin. 

During the basket making portion of the workshop, you’ll gain an understanding of basket shapes and functions and decorating options, and learn how to handle birch bark and spruce roots.

Through the harvesting of rosehips, you’ll have the opportunity to relate to the land across time and be reminded that everything has its season. Walk away knowing about the different parts of the rosehip, how to process the rosehip and a recipe for rosehip tea. 

Each attendee takes home their very own Birch Bark Basket. 

About the Facilitator

Natalie Pepin is a Harvard graduate who left university with a profound desire to live simply and regain a connection with the land. As an Indigenous woman, Natalie seeks to bring her traditions, stories and culture to life. In her Métis culture, being a bridge between two worlds is a longstanding value. With this as a firm guiding light, she offers traditional skills and Indigenous arts-focused workshops. 

Sharing on topics such as brain tanning, moccasin making, beading, and building relationships with edible and medicinal plants, Natalie hopes to connect her community with the skills, arts, language, stories and culture of the Métis Nation.

Parking

Parking for the workshop is in Lot K near the Fort. Please use the service road opposite the main lot and check-in at the guardhouse. 

 

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Introduction to Natural Dyes and Porcupine Quills

Offered September 20, 22, 27, 29 and October 4 

This workshop lays a foundational understanding of Indigenous art and how the land provides the various elements that come together to form a single art piece. 

Participants will set off on a guided plant walk around the Fort Edmonton Park trails with instructor Natalie Pepin and learn about the traditional uses of quills, wolf willows, and how to prepare natural dyes. Through discussions, storytelling and creating their own custom piece of jewelry, participants will be encouraged to look at everything as being related and how each element is needed in order to create a beautiful outcome.

Everything is related and each element is needed in order to create a beautiful outcome.

Each attendee gets to bring home their very own custom-made piece of jewelry.

About the Facilitator

Natalie Pepin is a Harvard graduate who left university with a profound desire to live simply and regain a connection with the land. As an Indigenous woman, Natalie seeks to bring her traditions, stories and culture to life. In her Métis culture, being a bridge between two worlds is a longstanding value. With this as a firm guiding light, she offers traditional skills and Indigenous arts focused workshops. 

Sharing on topics such as brain tanning, moccasin making, beading, and building relationships with edible and medicinal plants, Natalie hopes to connect her community with the skills, arts, language, stories and culture of the Métis Nation.

Parking

Parking for the workshop is in Lot K near the Fort. Please use the service road opposite the main lot and check-in at the guardhouse. 

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