We mourn the loss of our dear Cathy Elliott, DAREarts’ Indigenous Program Associate, a Mi’kmaq playwright, composer and visual artist. When asked 10 years ago by our Founder, Marilyn Field, to use her talents to help empower Indigenous kids in remote communities, and to help bring Indigenous culture to kids of all cultures, she embraced the challenge as her journey and never looked back. She will be greatly missed by us all.
Cathy was with DAREarts for 10 years as an Indigenous artist-educator and writer. With DAREarts, she found her Indigenous roots and reached beyond her talents as an artist, playwright, musician and actor to be an educator. From our very first sharing circle with the youths in Webequie FN, she embraced and practiced the DAREarts way of learning together from each other. Over the years, thousands of kids, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, found their voice and an inspired appreciation for our Indigenous culture by creating with Cathy.
Last year, Cathy returned to focusing on writing and performing plays and musicals across Canada about Indigenous culture. She quickly became an effective leader in communicating our country’s traditional culture.
Her creative work remains to help us all carry on the conversations that will strengthen us as individuals with values to uphold. That includes the thousands of DAREarts young people, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, that she inspired to ignite change through the power of the arts.
Dream, Believe, Achieve, Lead.
Donations made in tribute of Cathy will go the the Cathy Elliott Tribute Fund to Empower Indigenous Youths.
Read her DAREarts blogs here.
View some songs she wrote with kids here:
“Don’t Stop” with the youth of Webequie FN and Glenn Marais
“Swimming in a Fast Current” with the youth of Marten Falls FN
“Melkikno’ti (Courage)” with the youth of Sipekne’katik FN
“Muskego Land” with the youth of Attawapiskat FN
“Volcano” with the youth of Winnipeg, MB
“We Are One” with the youth of Webequie FN
“The Land Speaks” with the youth of Marten Falls FN
“Roads of Webequie” with the youth of Webequie FN
“Nation’s Creations” with the youth of Tuktoyaktuk, NWT
“Keen Sabiko” with the youth of Webequie FN and Glenn Marais
“Akimiski Island” with the youth of Attawapiskat FN
“Déjà vu” with the youth of Attawapiskat FN
“Goose Call” with the youth of Attawapiskat FN
“Random Dreams” with the youth of Attawapiskat FN
“Smoke the Wolves!” with the youth of Attawapiskat FN