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Call for expressions of interest for 2023

The University Library at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking expressions of interest from Indigenous artists and storytellers interested in becoming the library's third Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence. Unique in the province, the Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence is a part-time, paid residency slated to run for 8-12 weeks beginning in January 2023 at the University Library.

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. The residency will require the presentation of a project during the university’s Indigenous Achievement Week.

Timeframe

The residency offers a flexible time commitment. It will begin in January 2023 and is anticipated to last between 8 – 12 weeks depending on the Storyteller’s availability. It is expected to encompass the University of Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Achievement Week and Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month.

Outcomes and expectations

  • Approx. 8-10hrs/week
  • Office hours (approx. 1-2 hours per week)
  • The delivery of on-campus programming, such as artist talks, workshops, guest lectures
  • 2 weeks (approx. 16-20 hrs) engaging with community audiences through the Saskatoon Public Library partnership
  • Participation in an interview and 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 the first full week of February.
  • Submission of a final report (written or verbal) reflecting on the residency experience

This is a paid position of up to $12,000 depending on the length of the residency. Preference will be given to Storytellers with ties to the University of Saskatchewan community.

Apply

To submit an Expression of Interest, please send your resume/CV, along with a covering letter explaining how you might approach the residency, to deans.support@usask.ca. To find out more about the Indigenous Storyteller-in-Residence program, please contact Deborah Lee at deborah.lee@usask.ca or call 306-966-5931.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2022.

Past Storytellers