Part of the Earth Up Conference
Northtelling: Stories, music and images from Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories in northern Canada. Featuring the stories of Dennis Allen, William Greenland, Ben Nind, Andrea Bettger, Paul McKee and Pat Braden with host Ben Nind. This presentation shares the experience of living close to the environment in our modern era. It reveals deep connections between land and the humans who depend on it, offering ingredients for thought as we move into an unknown future. From ice roads to the fireside, we welcome you to Northtelling. More information at NACC Northern Arts Cultural Center website: https://naccnt.ca
Coming from a long background in the performing arts, Ben holds extensive experience in arts programming, tour and program management in remote northern communities. He is a graduate of the English acting program of the National Theatre School of Canada working for over twenty five years in the circumpolar world as an actor, storyteller, producer, director and playwright with extensive experience working in remote community cross-cultural environments. He has produced numerous cultural programs and galas for organizations including the 2011 National Storytellers Conference, 2009 Circumpolar Health Conference and heading the Cultural Program for the 2008 Arctic Winter Games. He has written, co-written and produced numerous plays through Stuck in a Snowbank Theatre including ‘Bushpilot’, ‘The Arctic Circle War’, ‘A Taste of the Wildcat’, ‘The Hudson’s Bay Boy’, ‘Fawdor’, ‘The Ballad of Isabel Gunn’, ‘Frostbite Christmas’ and ‘Tjaart’. He has completed an opera placed during the CANOL period and new play about George Everett Klippert, the last man convicted for being gay in Canada.
He has been member of the NWT Minister of Education, Culture and Employment’s Special Committee on Arts and Culture, a founding member of the N3 Network for presenting organizations in northern Canada and was recognized as the inaugural individual member to the NWT Cultural Circle in 2012. He was Co-Chair of the NWT Arts Council for many years and currently sits as a Board Member on the Canada Council for the Arts. His passion is for northern arts and cultural development in all of its forms and the support of Canadian artists from coast to coast to coast.