March 18, 2018: Raymond Yakeleya Meet and Greet
“With the passing of many of our Elders, the telling of these stories becomes more valuable than ever.”
— Raymond Yakeleya, Editor of the ‘Spirit of Nature’ Series and Author of The Tree By the Woodpile
Raymond Yakeleya is an award-winning Dene television producer, director and writer, originally from Tulita in the Northwest Territories. His award-winning documentary films including We Remember for CBC and The Last Mooseskin Boat for NFB have screened at festivals around the world. He has produced five national television series and is currently in production on a sixth.
The Tree by the Woodpile is a story about a First Nations boy who is told an enchanting tale by his grandmother about how an old tree by the woodpile provides food and shelter for the birds and animals of the North. The story is suffused with Newehtsı̨nę, the Creator and Spirit of Nature, who brings a message of how we must to cherish our land. The Tree is written in English and Dene for middle-grade children, ages 8 to 12. Says author Raymond Yakeleya, “Canada’s Native people need to have a voice in mainstream media in order to tell our People’s stories, our way.”