Today, we talked with William Buchholtz and Ron Kanutski.
First Hour: William Buchholtz
If you’ve listened to any of the episodes of the show so far, you have heard the beautiful music of Bill Buchholtz. He plays Native flute as well as piano and other instruments. Bill has a very unique story, in that he is an adoptee in search of information about his birth parents, including information about his father, who is known to be a First Nations person, but the paperwork has been hard to track down. This information would impact not only Bill’s personal sense of identity and belonging, but would also allow him to play flute within the community, which is often not permitted because he cannot provide papers.
In the meantime, as this search goes on, William continues to share his gifts of music with others when he is welcome, and continues forth with a sense of inspiration and dedication that is moving to those who know him well. We will talk about gifts, the work of trying to find a way to share one’s gifts, and how face a difficult situation with courage and humor.
Hour Two: Ron Kanutski
Ron Kanutski is an energetic social worker, cultural teacher, group facilitator, storyteller, comedian, and musician. He is the sole proprietor of With Care Consulting. Ron is of Ojibway and Cree roots and is from the Bear Clan. He is a band member of the Red Rock Reservation also known as Lake Helen 1st Nation.
Ron is actively involved in the local alcohol & drug treatment centres, group residential homes, mental health centres, schools, hospital psychiatric unit, jails, custody and probation programs.
We will be talking with Ron about how healing happens, the value of humor to healing, how he came to share his healing gifts in the ways he does, the importance of community support, and the importance of cultural education.