DAREarts is deeply saddened by the loss of Cathy Elliott

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 the documentary she co-created with DAREarts kids and team here:
Fill My Hollow Bones” – Trailer
Fill My Hollow Bones” – Full Film
Girl and the Raven” – Short Film

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

3 thoughts on “DAREarts is deeply saddened by the loss of Cathy Elliott”

  1. Very sad to hear about Cathy Elliot passing. May she rest in peace. I am certain that she has been called early to bring her joy of life to those friends already in heaven. #RIPCathyElliott. My condolences to Cathy’s family, Friends and the entire DAREarts community. Namaste, Beth

  2. My condolences to my DAREarts Family for your loss of a great artist, teacher and leader. She brought an amazing energy into all of her work with the kids she worked with to develop their confidence and creativity. I was thrilled to have known her and worked with her. Her memory will live on with the body of work she has left behind for us to all cherish.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Cathy. She was an amazing educator and a great person to work with. I had the opportunity to share a day teaching with her and found her to be a true creative soul. She was a patient and and generous to her students and to the people she shared space with. You will be missed but never forgotten Cathy.

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