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Cumberland House is the oldest community in Saskatchewan. Honouring their Cree and Metis heritage, many of the townspeople are descendants of the voyageurs, trappers, clergy and early settlers to the area. Cree is the first language of the area. Cumberland House is well-known to hunters and fishers from across North America, offering lush habitats for moose, deer,  bear, beaver, muskrat and ducks. Like many of northern communities, recreational activities play an important role in promoting a healthy lifestyle, and Cumberland House has  modern healthcare facilities, stores, an arena, cafes, bed & breakfasts, churches and government agencies.

Charlebois School (K-12) currently has a student population of over 260 young people. There is a spark fitness classroom, large gym, home economics lab, industrial arts shop, library, computer room, science lab, and many large classrooms. Innovative programs such as Cree Immersion and computer technology projects are just a few of the exciting things going on at this well-organized and productive school.



Art Dates & Location

June 25th – August 31st

Charlebois Community School
Cumberland House, SK   S0E 0S0
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Ruth Cuthand

I was born in 1954 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, of Plains Cree, Scottish and Irish ancestry. I grew up in Cardston Alberta near the Blood Reserve, where at the age of eight I met artist Gerald Tailfeathers and decided that I, too, wanted to be an artist. As a child, my first art materials included the orange paper that was discarded in the processing of the Polaroid chest x-rays that we were subjected to annually as students in routine tuberculosis screenings; they collected the peculiar-smelling 18-inch squares of paper and gave them to my Anglican minister father for use in Sunday school. Early fascination with disease, First Nations living conditions, and settler/Native relationships informed by childhood experiences have become key elements in my creative practice, which has encompassed printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, and beadwork.

Ruth Cuthand was curated by Dunlop Art Gallery and exhibited in Cumberland House.