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Hi, my name is Lesley Parlane (Dakota/Salteaux) and I am a member of the Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation in Fort Qu’Appelle, SK. I am an emerging Storyteller based in Ottawa, ON. I believe that personal storytelling is empowering and healing. I story tell about my life experiences as an Indigenous woman living in Canada. These experiences include: being apart of Inter-Generational Residential School era, being a 60’s Scoop adoptee, reconnecting to my culture, rehabilitation for alcoholism, alcoholism, sexual assault issues and violence against women issues.
Storytelling is how I explore, write, and shares these experiences. I am dedicated to art of storytelling and to performance. I have a strong creative drive and passion to share my knowledge with diverse audiences. I’m currently working on a production: Voices From The Adoption Files: A Glimpse into the 60’s Scoop to be debuted in Ottawa 2017.

Storytelling Performances

Ottawa Sexual Assault Centre -The Body Monologues – June 2016
Voices From The Adoption Files – June 2016
Ottawa Storytellers: Stories & Tea -Tales from the Adoption Files – February 2016
City of Ottawa – Library TD Summer Kids Reading Program – 2015
Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre – 2015
Arts Can Circle – Storytelling at Eenchokay Birchstick School, Pikangikum FN – January 2015
National Arts Centre Fourth Stage-James Bartleman’s; Raisin Wine – December 2014
Ottawa Storytellers: Stories & Tea – Visions & Voices – November 2014
Family Day at the National Art’s Centre – February 2014
The Tea Party Café – January 2014

Professional Associations

Member of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada
Founding Member of Indigenous Advisory Circle
Member of Ottawa Storytellers
Odawa Native Friendship Centre Board Member 2016-2018

Education

Center for Indigenous Theatre – Summer Intensive Graduate 2012
Ottawa Storytellers – Introduction to Storytelling 2012
Everest College – Addictions and Community Services Diploma 2008