PDF Version of their PowerPoint Presentation:
Video of Laughter as Medicine: A Four Directions Journey:
We are delighted to welcome Mitch Saddleback and Jenifer Brousseau of imagiNATION Collective, back to our Circle as they take us on another journey of healing, this time through Laughter as Medicine – Four Directions Journey.
We are extremely pleased to have them back with us.
So, join us at the UBC Learning Circle with standup comedian, Mitch Saddleback. We are very honoured to have him share his story of humour and how it contributed in his wellbeing, as well as helped him on his healing journey.
“The occurrence of speaker laughter at the end of phrases suggests that a neurologically based process governs the placement of laughter in speech.
Different brain regions are involved in the expression of cognitively oriented speech and the more emotion-laden vocalization of laughter.”
Everyone Welcome to Participate:
** Registration is now closed for this session
. About the Presenters:
Mitch Saddleback, Actor, Comedian and Spoken Word Artist, is a Plains Cree from Maskwachis Samson Band, Mitchell Saddleback started acting at the age of 14 after winning best male performance in a high school improv competition. He quickly began auditioning, but soon realized the challenges inherent in being a First Nations actor.
In 2015 Mitchell was cast in imagi’NATION’s Collective Beneath the Surface. Having been impacted by the suicide of loved ones many times in the past, from his father to his cousins on the reservation, he has a deep and personal investment in spreading awareness about the issues explored in this production, loss of identity, Residential Schools, addiction awareness, and the struggle of growing up.
Mitchell continues to make a name for himself in Vancouver’s comedy scene and has a number of upcoming personal projects in the works. He is grateful for the opportunity to share his story and dedicate his time to the act of creation.
Jenifer Brousseau, is Anishnabe and French, from the unceded traditional territory of Serpent River First Nation, Ontario, Canada; interdisciplinary artist, Jenifer Brousseau, Host of APTN’s, and Wild Archaeology (currently in second season production), and Executive and Artistic Director for imagi’NATION Collective, began her journey as a working Artist and Indigenous Activist at age nineteen. She has journeyed throughout Canada and the world for over twenty-one years, undertaking arts based programs and initiatives amid hundreds of First Nations communities.
Her aims and achievements have been vast and varied, including but not limited to, participating in arts mentorship projects, developing youth programs, facilitating life skills workshops, and delivering keynote lectures. On top of these feats, this strong Indigenous woman has written, produced and directed several theatrical pieces, relating to relevant Indigenous issues. Jenifer’s most recent major accomplishment is her Telus Innovation Awarded (2016) original theatrical production, Beneath the Surface: an educational, Indigenous story, on mental health, suicide awareness and healing, which has toured throughout the West Coast (British Columbia and Alberta), in Secondary Schools, Theatres, and First Nation Communities for the better half of a decade.
Jenifer has been challenged throughout her life to face a dark history and become reacquainted with her foundations, reconnecting to the Ancestors. Her sheer determination to discover, reveal and live truth has given her a multidimensional understanding of relationships and a commitment to Indigenous communities, in addition to a profound connection to the land and waters both with her experiences as host of Wild Archaeology, and her love for the outdoors. In her travels, she has experienced a depth of strength and resiliency and she knows that connecting and building relationship within communities and creating important educational dialogue through arts mediums, can and will invoke inspiration, change and healing.
A Bit About imagi’NATION Collective:
- imagi’NATION Collective – Informational brochure
- First Nations Health Authority – Hope, Health, Healing
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Check out some of Mitch’s Recent Works:
A Poster of a Recent Play:
(with a downloadable pdf version [click the image])