PRESIDENT’S REPORT ON ACTIVITIES
March 23, 2016
This past year has been a busy one for our association! Our fiddlers in all the communities are showing tremendous growth. We have added one more community to our tours, Lutselk’e. This community had requested us to come in over several years now and it was time! We also have to thank our very dedicated team of fiddle instructors who are always ready to come up to our territory and work with our students. They spend many volunteer hours repairing fiddles in the communities and are also tremendous sources for donated fiddles.
Here is a brief summary of this past year’s tours and workshops:
APRIL/MAY 2015 TOUR
During this tour four instructors traveled up and taught in four communities. For the first week, Stacey Read and Calvin Cairns taught in Fort Resolution and Bonnie Gregory and Cam Neufeld taught in Fort Simpson. For the second week, Stacey Read and Bonnie Gregory taught in Gameti and Calvin Cairns and Cam Neufeld taught in Tulita. A full week was spent in each of the communities and the instructors’ reports indicate amazing progress by all the students. Also, in each of these communities work continued to support adults to work with the students to review what was taught. Concerts were held for the public after each week of lessons.
SEPTEMBER TOUR & HAY RIVER WORKSHOP
Linda leading her group in Hay RiverThe fall tour is always an exciting time as we begin another year of fiddling in the communities. We were able to reach out to twelve communities this fall through either our tours or weekend workshop. Donna Turk and Bonnie Gregory traveled to Trout Lake, Fort Liard, and Gameti. Calvin Cairns and JJ Guy traveled to Fort Simpson and Tulita. Gordon Stobbe and Stacey Read traveled first to our new community Lutselk’e and then on to Fort Resolution. After those two weeks we all traveled to the Hay River Reserve for an awesome workshop with many communities in attendance. We chartered a bus that picked up students in Yellowknife and then a large group in Behchoko to attend this workshop.
This December several communities requested that we help them with their Christmas Concert. Three instructors were able to come up near Christmas. Calvin Cairns and Cam Neufeld traveled first to Fort Simpson for a week and then flew on to Tulita. They were able to participate in a wonderful community Christmas concert and fiddle dance in Tulita as Calvin quotes in his report “We had a very successful Christmas concert on Thursday evening in the school gym with about 200 community members, students and parents in attendance! Cam and Calvin played for the kids doing square dance and jigging to wild applause and smiles from the audience!”
Stacey Read also came up for two weeks just before Christmas. Unfortunately she was alone this time which makes it hard to do more than teach. She spent one week in Fort Resolution and then one week in Lutselk’e, Thank you Stacey for your very hard work!
The January Jamboree saw close to 100 students descend on Fort Simpson for a very full weekend of fiddle lessons, orchestra classes, dance classes and concerts. We were so pleased to see 26 Tulita students come on the winter road with their parents. We also saw many from Fort Liard, Nahanni Butte, Behchoko, Kakisa, Hay River Reserve, Wrigley, Lutselk’e and of course our wonderful host Fort Simpson. This is an annual event that can’t be missed. Unfortunately, for the first time, Trout Lake was unable to attend because of the condition of their winter road at that time. There were 10 instructors present at this Jamboree.
FEBRUARY TOUR & BEHCHOKO WORKSHOP
Calvin Cairns and Nellie Quinn taught in Fort Resolution the week of Feb. 21 and then came to Behchoko for the first ever KCFA fiddle workshop in Behchoko. This workshop was very well received by the community with 30 students registering. Many of these students have traveled to workshops in Yellowknife, Hay River and Fort Simpson and are developing strong playing skills. The workshop ended with a wonderful concert at the Seniors Home.
I would like to thank our wonderful sponsors this past year that have made all our programs so successful.