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Ndoo Tr’eedyaa Gogwaandak (Forward Together)

Summer 2019



Gwaandak Theatre & Vuntut Gwitchin Government

with CBC Ideas


Ndoo Tr’eedyaa Gogwaandak- Forward Together, Vuntut Gwitchin Stories , on CBC Ideas

Celebrating this UN Year of Indigenous Languages with Vuntut Gwitchin radio plays recorded live at The Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse in March 2019

With Paul Kennedy and special guests from Old Crow, Yukon and further afield, and interviews with Vuntut Gwitchin language and culture champions.

June 21, 2019 | 9PM

CBC Whitehorse 94.5 FM | Old Crow 100.1 FM

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This presentation is one component of an innovative multi-year project that honours millennia-old storytelling traditions and Indigenous language revitalization. Gwaandak Theatre, in partnership with Vuntut Gwitchin Government, is producing theatrical adaptations of radio plays based on Gwich’in stories from Old Crow, the Yukon’s most northern community. Starting in February 2016, we held several storytelling workshops and evening community events in the fly-in village of Old Crow. Gwaandak artists worked with Gwich’in storytellers, elders, scriptwriters, translators, language specialists and community members to develop and shape the radio plays. The writing team includes: Leonard Linklater, Brandon Kyikavichik, Yvette Nolan, Dennis Allen and Patti Flather with Gwich’in elders and community members.  As part of these efforts, Gwaandak Theatre reached out to CBC Ideas – with wonderful results!

In February 2019, we recorded most of the plays on location in Old Crow’s tiny CROW FM radio studio, with an outstanding team including elders, language specialists, award-winning director Reneltta Arluk, audio producer, sound designer & composer Jordy Walker and production stage manager Léa Roy Bernatchez.  We had a public reading and feast at the Community Hall.

In March we shared excerpts at The Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse in school and community shows, with special guests including Paul Kennedy, Old Crow language champions Randel Kendi, Brandon Kyikavichik, Jane Montgomery and Marion Schafer, the Mackenzie Delta’s own Dennis Allen and Whitehorse-based Gwich’in performers.

The completed radio plays, along with illustrated booklets, will be widely shared, including on radio stations, the Vuntut Gwitchin (https://www.vgfn.ca/) and Gwaandak Theatre websites and to community groups, schools, and individuals, with accompanying illustrated script booklets. Stay tuned for the official launch date in the coming months!

Contact us to be notified of the finished plays and booklets: ad@gwaandaktheatre.ca

Whitehorse Hosts & Performers
Dennis Allen
Wade Kaye
Randel Kendi
Paul Kennedy (CBC IDEAS)
Clara Linklater
Leonard Linklater
Jane Montgomery
Linda Netro
Nic Netro-Hendrie
Marion Schafer

Creative, Production and Technical Team – Whitehorse Readings
Patti Flather – Director
Dennis Allen – Musical Director
Alex Robinson – Technical Director
RJ Smith – Stage Manager
Adam Pope – Assistant Technical Director
Andrea Bols – Assistant Stage Manager/Production Assistant
Jess McNabb – Old Fire Hall Venue Manager

Creative Team – Radio Play Production
Jordy Walker – Audio Producer, Sound Designer, Composer
Reneltta Arluk & Patti Flather – Directors
Léa Roy Bernatchez – Production Stage Manager (Old Crow)
Tanner Coyne & Stanley Grafton Njootli – Sound Assistants (Old Crow)
Ciara Frost – Youth Production Assistant (Old Crow)

Writing Team
Dennis Allen, Patti Flather, Brandon Kyikavichik, Leonard Linklater, Yvette Nolan

Elder Storytellers
The late Sarah Abel and Richard Martin
Robert Bruce, Stephen Frost, Joel Peter, & others!

Translators / Language Specialists
Ruth Carroll, Randel Kendi, Brandon Kyikavichik, Jane Montgomery, Joel Peter, Marion Schafer, Alestine Andre

Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation staff
Megan Williams – Heritage Manager
Sophia Flather – Language Coordinator

Marketing & Design
render – Kathleen Napier & Michelle Zieske

Gwaandak Theatre Staff
Patti Flather – Artistic Director
Jenna Winter – General Manager
Siku Allooloo – Artistic Producer


PARTNERS: Vuntut Gwitchin Government; CBC IDEAS

FUNDERS: Canada Council for the Arts; Yukon Arts Fund; Yukon Education; Yukon Arts Operating Fund, Department of Tourism and Culture, Jeanie Dendys Minister, with the support of Yukon Lottery Commission

SEASON SPONSORS: Air North; Yukon’s Airline; What’s Up Yukon; Yukon News

SPONSORS: Casey’s Bed and Breakfast; NVD


Hai’ – special thanks to: Vuntut Gwitchin leadership and citizens, Kathleen Flaherty, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Yukon Education – First Nations Programs & Partnerships unit, Jess McNabb, Paul Kennedy and Greg Kelly, Teresa Ward (Grandma Treesaw), Panago Pizza, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Hazel and John Bunbury, Carrie Boles


Photo credit: Erik Pinkerton

Photo credit: Erik Pinkerton

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