Indigenous performers inspire others to Really Live

By Robin McCormick
West End Correspondent

Weechi-it-te-win held a Really Living Workshop November 23 and 24 at the Couchiching Multi-use Centre. This was funded by the Ministry of Health.

The Really Living Conference was an opportunity for individuals in addiction recovery to create new experiences and see their futures are limitless.

The artists who presented at their event, were models, actors, dancers D.J’S singers and rappers.

During the two-day event stories were shared from recovered presenters.

The artists presenting have persevered through traumas in their lives and have managed to not only survive, but thrive.

“Learning how to Really Live” showed how the artists are living today and by sharing their hope along with Weechi-it-te-win workers and caregivers, they hope everyone who attended will “Really Live”.

Day #1 saw several presenters, including Buffy Handel of the Aboriginal School of Dance and an award winning entrepreneur and artist choreographer and educator. She gave a powerful story of her life, encouraging everyone to live a full meaningfull life.

Jacqueline Buffalo taught conference attendees how to model, and held a fashion show that evening, using local models, who modelled Ahishinaabe clothing.

Performers were invited to present a Really Living two-day seminar, to inspire those in treatment and their workers to overcome their struggles. – Submitted photo

There was an “Open mic night” in the evening that had performers from the area as young as seven. Local Elder Tom Councillar performed “Saw Her Standing There” by the Beatles.

On day two, this heartfelt event consisted of artists Drecus, Okema, Mack Sickz, Classic Roots Natasha Fisher, and the Sunse and the Sunsetting Kidd. Drezus has won a MTV Video award and has been on the hit show Yellowstone.

Each artist shared their journey of recovery and healing. They all put on an amazing performance for the audience in the evening with a laser light show, dancing and audience participation.

A definite life changing two-day event. Everyone who attended had a life changing experience and more then ever realize what’s life is really all about.