It's A Gift To Be Real

It took me a long time to recognize that creativity and community are the greatest gifts I've been given to help me face the challenges in my life. Sharing this journey of discovery with others, especially with students, through creative projects like slam poetry, songwriting and filmmaking is what I love to do.
You can read more about my life story HERE 

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Your workshops inspired our youth and helped feed their creative spirits and your performances left memories which will last a life time. Who could ask for more! Brent Kaulback, Regional Director, South Slave District School District, NWT

The program was especially valuable for my students who struggled with self-esteem, coping and communication. If you have the opportunity to work with Rik or use his program, I highly recommend it…for your students, your kids and yourself! Ruth Stadelmayer, Chief Sunrise School, Katlo'deeche First Nations, Northwest Territories

The Simple Truth It's Taken My Whole Life To Understand

The simple, but incredibly profound revelation that changed everything, was realizing…it was OK to be me. In fact, that’s who I’m supposed to be.

Now as silly as that may sound in its simplicity, this revelation didn’t come easy. It took three decades before I realized there wasn’t something wrong with me. 

This has become my driving force in everything I do in schools, because I keep meeting students who haven't discovered this yet. Producing collaborative creative projects lets students discover the value of their own contribution, while recognizing the value of others. This is a game-changer.



There are so many students who just need an opportunity to discover their talents & abilities

When I realized that my experience wasn’t isolated, and there were so many talented and amazing students going through the exact same thing...I knew I could help.

So I developed project based creative clinics and workshops to provide opportunities for students to discover that the greatest gift they will ever find, is the one inside of them.

Songs From Schools, Slam Poetry in Schools & Filmmaking in Schools are all projects designed to take students on a journey of discovery of their creative talents and abilities, while showing them how they fit with those around them, specifically those gifted differently.

  • Learning To Be Lifelong Learners

    These creative projects allow students to take creative risks and discover how they learn, so they can take responsibility to become lifelong learners

  • Encourages Exploration

    Multi media project-based learning encourages students to explore their unique talents, gifts and abilities and discover how their piece fits with the greater story being told

  • Building An Inclusive Culture

    These projects provide an opportunity to learn from one another and recognize how diversity is a strength that allows us to create something bigger and better than any of us could on our own

Producer*Performer*Author*Slam Poet

Specializing in Creative & Multi Cultural Education Resources

I really love what I do. As a songwriter I've written hundreds of songs, released a dozen albums and been featured on numerous compilations. The most recent is, Listen to Our Story/Écoutez Notre Histoire, a collection of 10 songs written with First Nations, French & English students in schools across Canada.

I'm the Creative Director for, Tribe of One, a national collective of indigenous artists. Tribe workshops and presentations combine the rich heritage of First Nations, Metis, French, English and settler cultures through modern forms of artistic expression, providing indigenous and non indigenous students an opportunity to appreciate the value of diversity.

I'm a music producer, published author and slam poet with a background in TV/Film. The creative & cultural support services I offer educators is really a combination of all the experiences and skills I've developed over the last 20 years.

Tribe of One - National Collective of Indigenous Artists

Tribe of One fuse the rich heritage of Indigenous cultures with modern forms of artistic expression. Featuring First Nations, Metis, French & English musicians, dancers, painters and slam poets, Tribe of One create wildly unique, one-of-a-kind performances and workshop presentations.