Water’s Wisdom – Thunder Bay, ON


beSuperior Consulting has been apart of this exciting event happening tomorrow in Thunder Bay at the Auditorium from 11:45-1:30.  Join us for this community celebration of Artists in the 5th In School Programming. Over 500 students will be presenting works they have created with more than 15 local artists, inspired by the theme Water’s Wisdom. Dance, drama, literary arts, music, new media, and visual art projects. Pay-what-you-can admission supporting CAHEP’s inclusive arts programs (Suggested $5.00)


Thunder Bay Community Auditorium
1 Paul Shaffer Drive
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6C7 Canada


Also The Water’s Wisdom pop-up gallery will feature projects that include:

– NipiManitou giant cardboard puppet project by Ecole Franco Superieur and artist Elliott Doxtater Wynn
– Aquatic Inspirations paper installation art by St. James School and artists Barbara Benwell & Michelle Richmond Saravia
– Beauty of Water acrylic paintings by McKellar Park and artist Judy Mayor
– Nature’s Necessity ceramic tile project by St. Bernard and artist Tine Schrijvers
– Sea Beasts/Betes de Mer felted and textile art by St. Martin School and artist Dayna Slingerland
– Sea Creatures Reign watercolour painting by Nor’Wester View and artist Natalie Hotson
– Water’s Creatures hand-sewn creations by Thunder Bay Homeschooling Group and artist Katie Hughdie
– Water Flows Through Us mixed media (sewing/felting/dogwood) sculpture with artists Barbara Benwell & Michelle Richmond Saravia
– Water in the World collage/mixed media project with St. Jude school and artist Judy Mayor

Everyone is welcome to join us to take in this inspiring showcase of art projects that honour the water, created by grades 4-6 students in collaboration with local artists.
The gallery is enclosed in glass, so even when we’re not open, you’ll be able to get a peek at what students have created.

Throughout March Break, we’ll also be hosting free mini water-themed art workshops for the community to enjoy! Projects will be announced soon.


From March 1st – 10th: Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 11 am – 12:30 pm & 3:00 – 4:30 pm

March Break:Wrap-up celebration week featuring a fun sampling of water-themed community art projects (TBA).
Monday March 14th: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm


Other arts related events are located  here.

March 2017

-“What is an Entrepreneur Warrior? ” Dr. W. Wuttenee, (2004) discusses in her work about the economic warrior, so I gave this work a spin on her term, and went with “Entrepreneur Warrior”. For the Anishinabek Nation, Union of Ontario Indians, I coordinated a north and south session to collect data on entrepreneurship & how it looks & what is needed to build up for creating curriculum for the Anishinabek Educational Institute. Meetings were held in Toronto at the Chelsea on March 27th and in Thunder Bay at the Prince Arthur on March 29th. See these links for more information: North&  South, as well another article by Anishinabek News.

March 2017

Connecting Through Stories” brought a diverse group of people together to explore relationships and connection to land through art making. The event contributed to Article 63 of the Call to Actions contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Report, which calls for “building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect,” and Article 83, which calls for “a strategy for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process”, with generous support of HC Link, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, beSuperior Consulting and artist Crystal Nielsen. Photos to come soon.

February 2017

-Assembly of First Nations Presentation: Designing an Approach that Roots Our Learners: Stories of the Land, Our Home:  http://www.afn.ca/uploads/files/designing_an_approach_that_roots_our_learners-_michelle_richmond-saravia.pdf

Spring/Fall/Winter 2015

Human Rights and Elders/Thunder Bay: TBIFC (Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Ctr. Lifelong Care) -Legal Education.

Quilt to provide learning

Spring 2011

Arts Based Article on Indigenous Mothering:  Anishinaabe Mothering (upon request or presentation of)


-Link To Thesis Publication: Significance of Land in Health and Learning in Anishinaabe Youth of Pic River FN, Canada


-Vigil Organization: Vigil Organized for Loretta Saunders at the Marina, Waterfront, MMIW.


-MMIW Inquiry: Pre Inquiry Design


-Transit Policy: Speaking Up

In 2004, Richmond-Saravia launched an anti bullying campaign at Nishnawbe Aski Nation(NAN) Education Department which included a poster series, a report on bullying in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory, and other promotional anti bullying materials which was specific to the NAN territory. This went to all 49 communities in the NAN territory.
In 2007, Curriculum and program delivery for the Awo Taan Parent Link Centre in Calgary in the area of anti bullying for students based on the Seven Sacred Teachings to a partner school in Calgary.
In 2012, Physical Education and Health, Social Studies and Music was developed for Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON for the Native Teacher Education Program.
In 2015, a program for Elders based on learning about their Human Rights took place with the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre. Elders learned about the following topics in relation to Human Rights: Income Security, Housing, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Wills and Estates, Self Care, and built a Human Rights Quilt alongside while learning about these topic areas. A manual was created for the Elders to keep.