Author Debra Hornsby

Debra Hornsby is the Director of Communications for The Banff Centre. She has worked in journalism and communications for over 35 years (rumour is she began work at the tender age of three…). Deb’s favourite part of her job is talking with artists about their experiences at the Centre, and then turning their words in stories for this blog or for the Centre’s magazine, Inspired. When not at work or attending a Centre concert, you can find her on cross country skis or in running shoes making tracks in the mountains.

Archival Post Making Treaty 7 artists Cowboy Smithx and Blake Brooker at The Banff Centre. Photo: Narcisse Blood

“We ask for your grace and courage to tell our story in the most honest way possible.”

It is a golden winter afternoon at The Banff Centre. I am sitting in the Kinnear Centre dance studio, listening to a prayer, spoken first in Blackfoot and then in English. The prayer marks the opening of a workshop presentation of Making Treaty 7, a new theatrical work that examines the legacy of the 1877 treaty between the Crown and the Blackfoot First Nations.

As the setting sun paints the faces of those performing, I am by turns moved, shocked, informed, and, ultimately, inspired.

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