The City of Kingston is committed to a shared path of reconciliation and in the context of the Grand OnStage Program at the Grand Theatre to providing Indigenous cultural and educational experiences centered on the performing arts to Kingston residents. As a new initiative over the 2018-19 Grand OnStage Season, the City of Kingston released a call for an Elder in Residence/Traditional Knowledge Keeper who is able to share his or her knowledge, traditional teachings, and offer cultural support to patrons and artists.
All applications were reviewed and assessed by a jury of peers with Grandmother Kathy Brant being selected as the successful applicant for the 2018-2019 Grand OnStage season. Grandmother Kathy offers her knowledge and support to performances and operations throughout the programming year. Involvement in engagement activities such as participation in talks, question and answer sessions, and informal dialogue at performances are part of the duties of this position.
Grandmother Kathy is Mohawk of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy and has worked with Indigenous Communities for close to 25 years. She is passionate about sharing her own teachings and to working with other Knowledge Keepers to share their teachings as well.
Grandmother Kathy has offered a traditional welcome from the Grand Stage in support of the Indigenous programming on the Grand Theatre stage this season, which totalled 14 performances and events, and has been onsite in the Grand Theatre lobby during these performances with a table of teaching tools that she has used to share her knowledge with audience members of all ages. Grandmother Kathy has also been available to support artists throughout their time at the Grand.