The University Library at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking expressions of interest from Indigenous artists and storytellers to become the library's fourth Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence.
The deadline for submissions is Aug. 15, 2023.
The Indigenous Storyteller in Residence program has two primary objectives:
- To create and participate in programming designed to promote intercultural understanding and story-sharing between and among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. While this will occur primarily at the University of Saskatchewan, there will also be opportunities to deliver programming to community audiences through a partnership with the Saskatoon Public Library.
- To provide time and space for the development of the resident Storyteller’s own creative storytelling practice.
The residency can operate in a hybrid format, with both in person and online components.
This is a paid position of up to $12,000.
Preference will be given to Storytellers with ties to the University of Saskatchewan community.
Only Indigenous candidates will be considered for this position. Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship at the University of Saskatchewan is led and determined by the deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapewin: Indigenous Truth policy and standing committee in accordance with the processes developed to enact the policy. Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship with documentation is a condition of holding this contract and the successful candidate must maintain those conditions throughout the contract.
The flexible, part-time residency is slated to run for 8-12 weeks beginning in January 2024 at the University Library (exact start date to be determined in consultation with the storyteller).
It is expected to encompass Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month (February) and the University of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Achievement Week (March).
Outcomes and expectations
- Approx. 8-10hrs/week
- Office hours (approx. 1-2 hours per week)
- 2 weeks (approx. 16-20 hrs) engaging with community audiences through the Saskatoon Public Library partnership
- Participation in a facilitated discussion for University Library employees
- The delivery of at least one project/performance as part of the university’s Indigenous Achievement Week, usually held in March.
- Submission of a final report (written or verbal) reflecting on the residency experience
- Additional engagement with campus/community audiences is encouraged, but not required.
To submit an expression of interest, send your resume/CV and a cover letter explaining how you might approach the residency, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 15, 2023.