Teya Peya Productions
MEET THE TEAM
Proudly in Service to Indigenous Cultures since 1991
Teya Peya Productions provides a world platform for the celebration of the richness of First Nations cultural diversity. We are an educational and cultural bridge between Native and non-Native people, while at the same time shining a warm, welcoming spotlight on North America's First Nations people.
How we travel our earthwalks can often be explored in unique and practical ways through time-honoured First Nations Medicine Wheel teachings. Our programmes bring people from different cultural, social and economic backgrounds together in a spirit of Hanta Ho (Clearing the Way). Our presentations are informative, inspiring, relaxing and often hilarious.
MEDICINE WHEEL: The Power
of Purpose. The Original Social and Business Media for Positive
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
The beauty and wisdom of the Medicine Wheel, when combined with vocals and drum rhythms, bridges the cultural divide in positive ways; they raise our awareness of right action through Hope, Intelligence and thoughtful contemplation, fuelled by Inspiration and Imagination.
Choosing to live honourably in the world by making intelligent choices, counteracts racism with teamwork, jealousy with self-respective, general bias with acceptance, greed with fulfillment. Not only does the Medicine Wheel comfort us by making sense of the world, but it challenges us to do better.
For over thirty years, I've been counselling
and coaching corporate executives, managers, staff, students,
educators and clients. I've developed a unique approach based on my
Indigenous medicine wheel teachings and many years as a senior
manager in a multi-cultural organization.
COMMENTS FROM THUNDERBIRD
The Covenant and Power of the Matriarchy Lies in Our Humanity & Resonant Connection to the Earth
I carry the name Thunderbird for a reason (yes, it really is my last name!) In my world, Thunderbird is a great communicator and protector, unafraid to bring changes to the world and to speak the truth when something needs to be said.
It took years for me to grow into the sheer enormity of the many teachings that my name embodies. I have walked through many fires; eventually I found the courage to step away from the comfort of my western job and return to my Indigenous roots. I was boosted along the way by six very persistent female Ancestors and one male guardian. Seven souls that embraced the seven sacred directions who have been with me since I was four years of age.
I was time, they said, to tell
the truth about my people from a Native
perspective. I embraced the spirit of Hanta Ho
(clearing the way), and, in so doing, the remainder of my life's work
is to help put fractured
people, families, communities and nations back
Spiritual and emotional wellness crosses
professional boundaries, The responsibility of
humanity is to
live lives of deep meaning, seeking always to be mindful and in
service to others through a synchronization of energy, unity and
--An internationally celebrated First Nations Speaker, Artist/Educator. A captivating post-secondary lecturer.
-Artistic Director of Teya Peya Productions.
--Accomplished Speaker and Workshop Facilitator. From elementary schools to universities and corporations, she challenges people to connect the power of the human spirit with the issues in today's high tech world. "She is a voice of clarity in a cluttered world."
--Principal Performer and Director of all Teya Peya productions.
--Professional Singer, Songwriter, Recording Artist.
--Playwright, Published Author.
--First Nations Elder.
--Former Senior Director of a large, unionized, culturally-diverse post-secondary workforce.
--A staunch supporter of Women's Leadership roles (Business, Social and Political Forums).
--Extensive experience working with children, youth, at risk and incarcerated youth.
--Masters and Honours Degrees in Political Science, Fine Arts and Humanities.
--Main areas of interest: Medicine Wheel Indigenous Culture/Spirituality, Women, Leadership, Youth, Justice & Indigenous Rights, History, music, theatre and drums, drums drums.
--These aren't her words. "She's absolutely hilarious, we mean rolling in the aisles, hysterical -- no audience member is safe when she's in the house!"
--Principal performer and Thunderbird's Creative Performance partner.
--Associate Workshop Facilitator and Road/Touring Manager.
--Recording Artist, Songwriter.
--Co-producer of all Teya Peya's recordings.
--First rate musician and one of Canada's premier female bass players.
--Founding member of the iconic Canadian band, Spoons.
--Gold records and Juno nominations to the Spoons' credit.
--A staunch support of Women's leadership roles (business, social and political forums).
--Proudly "Second" nations.
--Her gentle humour balances Thunderbird.
--Named "Woman of the Year" for the City of Guelph, ON.
KATE DICKSON IS:
--Compelling Speaker/Educator, Writer (Native Studies, Justice issues, World Religions, Dramatic Arts, Philosophy).
--Retired Secondary School Teacher for twenty-seven years (Native Studies, Dramatic Arts, English and more).
--Teya Peya's Life Coach/Guidance Counsellor/Tutor for Youth.
--Chief Editor of Thunderbird's books.
--Theatrical Director for most of Teya Peya's major productions.
--A staunch support of Women's Leadership roles in (Business, Social and Political forums).
--Main areas of interest: Indigenous Rights, Justice, Law and Politics, women.
--Occasionally performs with Thunderbird and Horne.
--Degrees in Humanities and Philosophy.
--Not her words: "She's really funny - we mean REALLY funny. She's Tsimshian, she has to be."
--Winner of an award for being a super parent/volunteer, City of Mississauga, ON
Teya Peya emphasizes that 'inspirit' team building is essential in helping
organizations develop their workforces and ensure they recognize the
strengths of the people they work with on a day-to-day basis.
(Photo left: Shannon and Kate presiding at a Wedding Ceremony). We are busy, because what we do strikes a positive, connective cord in the minds, hearts, bodies and spirits of those who seek us out. We work hard to keep our presentations uplifting and entertaining.
are ideal for absolutely everyone in any business, educational and
social organization! (Photo below right: Shannon & Kate presiding at
a Naming Ceremony).
SOME NICE THINGS HAVE BEEN SAID
"What a pleasure it was meeting you during your FAME visit! You are such a wonderful, wise and beautiful woman and I truly enjoyed learning from you! You are a fascinating storyteller that just leaves you wanting to hear more." (T Irmscher, Foundation of Music and Arts Education, Fort Wayne, Indiana)
"Thank you so much for the performance at our
Canadian Symposium for Arts and Learning this week. The audience was
just wowed by your performance, and we so appreciate it!"
"I would like to thank for you an outstanding
luncheon keynote presentation at the Human Resources Conference....You engaged the hearts
and minds of our delegates and opened them to embracing
change and connectedness on a meaningful level."
"Shannon's workshop gave employees a sense of value and safety. Her years of experience have given her profound insight into the world of work and the human coping factor (or lack of) in a fast paced world. Using her traditional Native teachings and extraordinary communication skills she offered very inspiring messages and in such a relevant and entertaining way!" (B. J. L., Motorola Canada, Toronto)
you for agreeing to be a speaker at Wilfrid Laurier's first
Aboriginal Awareness Conference. Your voice is strong and
reaches many. Your participation and support means so much."
like to extend our appreciation and thank you for your time as the
"in-residence" Elder. Your wonderful teachings, one on one
appointments, the open teachings, and the workshop forum has not
gone without notice. Your time and effort has been greatly
appreciated. We certainly look forward to having you back."
"Your sense of the spiritual and regard for
our Ancestors was particularly moving. The young people I talked
with following your presentation were very appreciative. They will
benefit much for your message as they go on to further life
kept the audience mesmerized with her stories and the emotional
power of her singing voice. It was an enthralling evening."
"Your expertise and passion influences our teachers and reaches our students, ultimately. Thanks again." (K. Makon, Aboriginal Education Summer Academy, Ontario Teacher's Federation)
SOME PREVIOUS EVENTS
SWEET THUNDER MEDICINE WHEEL WORKSHOPS
--“Medicine Wheel & the Art of Storytelling”, Fanshawe College Annual Conference, London, ON
--“Sweet Thunder Medicine Wheel" - Faculty, Northern College, Timmins, ON, Staff/Management, Lambton College, Sarnia, ON, Brock University students and employees; Motorola Canada Workshop for employees; Northwest Network for Youth Conference, Seattle, WA, Canada Employment & Immigration Union of Ontario Regional Conference, Niagara Fall, ON, Dodem Kanon'sha, Indian and Northern Affairs, Toronto, ON
--"From Kalavala to Rap", Annual Conference of Theatre Arts, Sunne Sweden
--"Medicine Wheel Drumming": Resorts Ontario Annual Conference
--"Medicine Wheel: Introduction to North America's Indigenous People", CODE Conference (Ontario Drama Educators), Toronto, ON
--“In Honour of Women”, Delta Kappa Gamma Conference, Oakville, ON
Wisdom of the Ages Teachings and Keynote Speeches
--Conference Board of Canada.
--"Seven Steps to the Colonization of First Nations People", Canada Employment/Immigration Union of Ontario Conference, Niagara Falls, ON.
--"Walking the Good Red Road in an Alabaster World", Accountability, Governance-Empowered nations, Aboriginal Employees Network Conference, Regina, SK.
--"Medicine Wheel and Cultural Bridging", University of Windsor, ON, Wilfrid Laurier University.
--Equity Network Conference, University of Windsor, ON.
Academic Workshops and Lectures
--"Seven Steps to the Colonization of North America's First Nation's People", Ryerson university (Sociology).
--"Is it Justice or is it Law?" Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON, Police Foundations, Durham, Seneca Colleges.
--"Race and Diversity in Higher Education; Finding Strength in Difference." 2008 National CAPDHHE-QUEEEN Conference, Hosted by: Carleton University, Ottawa.
--"From "Houses to Monsters": The Naming Practices of the Coast Tsimshian First Nation", 23rd Annual Congress of Onomastic Sciences, York University.
--"Medicine Wheel: Introduction to North America's Indigenous People", University of Marburg, Germany, York University, Brock University, Ontario Elementary Teacher's Federation; Upper Thames Elementary Teacher's Board of Education.
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