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Profile Highlight: Indigenous Youth Movement Tkaronto

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.


Art Builds in Support of Indigenous Land Protection

Indigenous Youth Movement Tkaronto
IYM is a Tkaronto-based Indigenous Youth- Led Movement. We are a collective of land defenders and water protectors who value an inclusive and vast collaboration of Youth across Turtle Island. We welcome chapter based Movements to join us in the call for action to end the historical injustices continuing the ongoing genocide of our people and dispossession of/from our lands while working towards indigenous governance of the peoples land in its entirety.”

To read more about Indigenous Youth Movement, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Urgent Request for Art Supplies (The Art For Aid Project)

“If folks are in the Toronto area and are looking to support this work, we would be able to pick up supplies at the local bus terminal in Smiths Falls if they could be boxed and shipped. We have a very modest budget for shipping, but if collectively, folks could pool money to help get it here, that would be terrific! We’ll make sure it reaches a remote school. Thanks so much!” -from The Art for Aid Project

The Art For Aid Project’s Mission Statement:
“The Art For Aid Project works to support Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Metis art education programs through art supplies, awareness and fundraising efforts in order to connect Indigenous youth to the endangered teachings, traditional techniques and knowledge of their culture through teachers, Elders and community. We seek to accomplish this by ensuring art supplies are in remote schools and communities.”

Read The Art for Aid Project’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Canada Council for the Arts: Elder & Youth Legacy Program Funding, Deadline Nov.15


Program Description
Through this program, Aboriginal arts organizations can help Elders pass on the many art forms being practiced to the next generation.

The program will also increase the Canada Council’s capacity to serve Aboriginal Elders of this country, giving them opportunities to work with youth and pass on their legacy of artistic practice.

Generally, projects should be designed as follows; the organization will choose the Elder who will work with their youth. That Elder will then help to decide the number of young people he or she will work with, and will help to select them.

Strong applications will demonstrate a clear link between the Elders, participants, the artistic practice being shared, and the expenses to be covered by the grant.

15 November, 2016

Grant Amount
You may request up to $20,000.

Eligible Applicants
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants speak to the program officer to confirm their eligibility before submitting their application.

Organizations applying to this program must be Aboriginal or have Aboriginal artists as a majority of their members. These artists must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when the organization applies.

The organization’s artistic direction must also be provided by Aboriginal artists of Canada. At least 51 %of the directors on their board must be Aboriginal people, and one of these directors must sign the application.

The Canada Council defines Aboriginal peoples as First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

Organizations must show an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal arts. The organization must show that the Elder and Aboriginal youth participants have helped to develop the project outline, goals and objectives, and that they have set a timeline that works for them.

Ineligible Applicants
First Nations Band Councils
Educational Institutions (schools, universities)

Further Information
Noël Habel
Program Officer
Aboriginal Arts Office
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4178
TTY: 1-866-585-5559″

More info at:

Posted with permission from Noël Habel

#callresponse – to support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists (Oct 28 – Dec 10, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver)


“grunt gallery presents a new exhibition titled #callresponse featuring a remarkable lineup of artists, performers, and curators.

OPENING RECEPTION: October 28, 7 PM – 10 PM
EXHIBITION: October 29 – December 10, 2016
LOCATION: grunt gallery #116 – 350 East 2 Avenue, Vancouver BC

Christi Belcourt | Maria Hupfield | Ursula Johnson | Tania Willard | Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory

Isaac Murdoch | Esther Neff & IV Castellanos | Cheryl L’Hirondelle | Marcia Crosby | Tanya Tagaq

Tarah Hogue | Maria Hupfield | Tania Willard
in partnership with grunt gallery


1 – 4 PM: Maria Hupfield, IV Castellanos and Esther Neff
Location: Motion Capture Studio, ECUAD (Room 285e, 1399 Johnston St, Granville Island)

4 – 7 PM: Ursula Johnson with Charlene Aleck, Audrey Siegl and Cease Wyss
Location: community park behind grunt gallery (E 5th Ave @ Brunswick)

8:30 PM: Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory and Tanya Tagaq
Location: Native Education College (285 E 5th Ave @ Scotia)

To support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists through local art commissions that incite dialogue and catalyze action between individuals, communities, territories and institutions. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations both human and non.

To ground art in responsible action, value lived experience, and demonstrate ongoing commitment to accountability and community building. To respond to re/conciliation as a present day negotiation and the reconstruction of communities in the aftermath of colonial trauma.

ABOUT #callresponse

Strategically centering Indigenous women as vital presences across multiple platforms, #callresponse is a multifaceted project that includes a website, social media platform, touring exhibition and catalogue (forthcoming in 2017).

Five site-specific art commissions have been taking place across Canada and into the United States throughout 2016 in dialogue with various publics. The exhibition will include selected representations of each project. Each artist has invited a guest to respond to their work and these contributions will also be included in the exhibition.

Moving between specific sites, online space and grunt gallery, #callresponse focuses on forms of performance, process and translation. An online platform utilizing the hashtag #callresponse on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) connects the geographically diverse sites and provides opportunities for networked exchanges.

A dedicated project website includes artist statements, documentation, contributions from guest respondents, and integrated social media, including a series of interviews with the lead artists and their respondents on the Broken Boxes Podcast.

Use the hashtag #callresponse to get involved in the conversation!


#callresponse is produced in partnership with grunt gallery and generously supported by the {Re}conciliation initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Additional funding support from the British Columbia Arts Council. Presentation partners include BUSH Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, FADO Performance Art Centre, Kamloops Art Gallery, OFFTA live art festival, the National Arts Centre, and the Native Education College.

-For more information and Artist bios, please visit
-RSVP to the Facebook event here.
-Watch a video teaser here.”

-from grunt gallery press release
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Resilient: Indigenous Youth Community Building Project & Workshops, Oct. 12-26 (Toronto)


“Join us for our October workshops:

Wednesday, October 12 5-7PM
Wednesday, October 19 5-7PM
Wednesday, October 26 5-7PM

To learn more about the program or to register, please contact:

Native Youth Resource Centre
655 Bloor St. West, Toronto”

For more info, visit

Posted with permission from Reagan Kennedy
Read 7th Generation Image Maker’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Bull’s Eye: imagineNATIVE’s search contest for emerging Indigenous music talent – Deadline Aug.31



imagineNATIVE with support from Slaight Music are searching for Canada’s newest, unknown music talent and providing them $10,000 cash towards unprecedented opportunities to turn their talent into a career!

Through an online contest, Canada’s newest Indigenous musicians will be invited this summer to submit a sample track of their work to be considered by a jury of music and media arts industry leaders.

Leading up to the imagineNATIVE Festival in October, contest finalists will be promoted through imagineNATIVE social networks with the final nominee announcement the week of the 17th annual Festival. The contest winner will be announced an awarded at imagineNATIVE’s annual music showcase, THE BEAT.

After the Festival, the contest winner will access $10,000 to create a professionally recorded demo of up to three original songs, and to produce their first music video.

The video will then be promoted through imagineNATIVE with the opportunity to travel on the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour to Indigenous communities across Canada.

This is a new, rare and impactful opportunity for supporting new Indigenous music talent in Canada that we hope to build and make an annual celebration.

Get inspired by watching some of imagineNATIVE award-winning music videos on this page!

Share this opportunity (or submit yourself!) under the “Submit” button. See Contest rules and regulations for complete details. For any questions, please contact 416-585-2333 or email with the subject line ‘Bullseye 2016’.”


Posted with permission from Savanna Chiblow
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

DAREarts Attawapiskat: Walking for Peace

“On National Aboriginal Day, a group of youths from Vezina High School in Attawapiskat First Nation reclaimed their voice by releasing an original music video. Called Walking for Peace, the work addresses, in clear yet powerful language, the youths’ frustration with the ongoing suicide crisis in their community. While the media coverage has been extensive and many experts have visited, the youth feel as though their concerns haven’t been heard. Through this music, they are speaking directly to their community, as well as all of Canada, about their experiences, feelings and hopes.

DAREarts, a national charity that empowers at-risk youth using the arts, facilitated the production during a two week workshop upon request from the community and officials at Vezina High School, including teacher Mandy Alves. The organization, which has previously worked in Attawapiskat providing song writing and videography workshops, assembled a team of leaders in music, videography and education, and arranged for their transportation and accommodation. During the first week, Juno-nominated musician and artist-educator Glenn Marais led a song-writing and recording workshop. Indigenous artist-educator Cathy Elliott and DAREarts Lead Teacher Shelley MacDonald taught the youths how to direct and edit the video during the following week. MacDonald is also a teacher with The Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts program, an affiliate organization whose support as Education Partner was critical for the project. Financial supporters include: Palgrave Rotary Club, Thunder Air, the Paul Semple Scholarship Fund, Sarah Haney, and Aeroplan donors (notably Hans Koehle, Maria Da Cunha, Cheryl Vhal and Victor Ford).”

Visit DAREarts’ blog for daily entries documenting their time in Attawapiskat First Nation and the DAREarts YouTube channel to see more videos of DAREarts work empowering at-risk kids using the arts. Chi miigwetch to DAREarts founder, Marilyn Field, and everyone on the DAREarts team!

Posted with permission from Marilyn Field
Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

CBC Development Workshop for Diverse Creators – Deadline to apply July 11


Volume 3: Short-Form Digital Videos, Unscripted

The CBC Development Workshop for Diverse Creators is a training series designed to help emerging creators who identify as part of an Indigenous, disability or visible minority community to sharpen their professional skills, expand their network, and bring new perspectives and ideas to the CBC. The third in this series will be a program for creative storytellers with a special interest in short-form digital videos (unscripted).

Over four full-day workshops, participants will be connected with CBC decision makers, in-house producers and our partners in production, who will provide guidance as well as tools and resources to help participants develop their own pitches and production plans for original programming. At the end of the workshop select participants whose projects best align with the CBC’s programming mandate will be offered an opportunity to produce a digital short for CBC Arts or CBC Docs: Short Docs.

Up to twelve applicants will be selected to attend the Workshop on the basis of the following submissions:
– Letter of interest and intent, attaching three original story ideas;
– Two video samples of recent work;
– Curriculum vitae;
– Letter of reference.

Please see more details on submissions below and in the Terms and Conditions.

The goals of the CBC Development Workshop for Diverse Creators are:
– To provide emerging, diverse creators with practical knowledge to help them advance as producers of compelling digital video content.
– To connect CBC with the most exciting diverse storytellers across the country who have the potential to produce content for CBC Arts and CBC Docs: Short Docs.
– To connect rising and diverse creative talent with experienced Canadian content makers.

Four-day Workshop – September 14-17, 2016
The workshop will provide an introduction to the mandates of CBC Arts and CBC Docs: Short Docs, followed by intensive sessions with industry professionals with a focus on short-form video storytelling for a multi-platform audience.

The Workshop will take place at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto (250 Front Street West). Out-of-town creators are encouraged to apply and if selected, participants, travelling in excess of 100 kilometres will be reimbursed for travel (economy class airfare from nearest airport, or train station or gas/mileage with receipts). All participants will be responsible for their own lodging and all other costs and expenses to attend the Workshop.

We are interested in developing diverse film and video makers from across the country who can deliver original, creative short videos that tell stories about Canadian issues, arts and culture… and have the potential to be highly shareable in the digital space.

About CBC Arts
We are looking for story pitches that showcase fresh, innovative Canadian artists and cultural producers. Our idea of “the arts” is inclusive and contemporary: our ideal story pitches explore less traditional art forms like digital arts (e.g. GIFs), web series, podcasting, urban culture, street dance, and the intersection of the arts & social media. They feature fresh, diverse, irreverent, and distinct artists – and are highly shareable. Check out previous stories at our site, but surprise us with something we’ve never seen or done before!

About CBC Docs: Short Docs
We are looking for stand-alone, short-form documentary concepts on a wide range of subjects. Our ideal short docs are character-driven, modern and focus on a single, unified, strong narrative, less than 10 minutes in length. They have active, unfolding story-lines, have the potential to provoke conversation and to be highly shareable in the digital space. For more information see our guidelines at and our site at

Emerging to mid-level creators with a special interest in short-form digital content (unscripted). Eligible applicants must:
– Identify as part of an Indigenous, disability or visible minority community.
– Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and reside in Canada.
– Be over the age of majority in their province of residence.
– Be able to commit to four full day-long sessions at the CBC Toronto Broadcast Centre and other activities required as part of the Workshop.
– Demonstrate in their submissions an understanding of the fundamentals of short form digital video production.
– Demonstrate access to the subject(s) of their story ideas.

1. Application and Submission Release Form – See the explanation below in the “TO APPLY” section.
2. A letter of interest and intent that outlines why this program is a good fit for you and attaching at least three original story ideas. Please describe your background (as part of an Indigenous, disability or visible minority community) and comment on how you feel this influences your approach to creative digital video storytelling. Please also describe how you have access to your story ideas.
3. Two samples of video work (Must be sent as links. See the explanation below in “Frequently Asked Questions”).
4. A curriculum vitae that includes relevant education and training, and any screen credits.
5. A current letter of reference (no older than January 2016).

– Are you creative, experimental, on the cutting edge of digital storytelling, for example, video artists and digital video innovators?
– Do you have the ability to produce, shoot, direct and edit your own work?
– Experience – Do you have a special interest in creative storytelling with some demonstration of experience in video production
– Emerging to mid-level career – Do you have two to five years of experience and have samples of work to submit as a reflection of current skills?
– Recognition – Does your work display potential reach and impact?
– Quality of Work – Does the work reflect some understanding of professional standards? Does it exhibit excellence? Is there attention to detail? Has careful consideration gone into how the final product is delivered?
– Goal/Objective – Are your goals/objectives in line with CBC’s needs?

1. Download the fillable Application and Submission Release Form here.
2. Complete the form, filling out all fields.
3. Print a copy of your completed fillable forms and provide a handwritten signature in the spaces provided (you will have to agree to the Terms and Conditions, found here.)
4. Scan and save using the naming format of Lastname_Firstname_Forms.pdf.
5. Compile and save your support material as a Word document in the following order: letter of interest/intent, curriculum vitae, letter of reference, links to samples of work. Save using the naming format of Lastname_Firstname_SupportMaterials.doc.
6. EMAIL both your PDF and your Word document to:, with “Application” as the subject, no later than Monday July 11th, 2016 at 9 a.m. EDT.

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications or incorrect file types/formatting will not be considered.”

For more information, visit:

Posted with permission from Helen Kugler

Courage Lab: Arts & Equity Workshop Series – Strawberry Moon Teachings, July 7 (Toronto)


“Courage Lab : Arts & Equity Workshop Series
‘Strawberry Moon Teachings’
SKETCH 180 Shaw St.
Lower level

Join diverse artists, educators, organizers and activists to courageously investigate, share and experiment with concepts, ideas, tools and practices exploring equity, reconciliation and anti-oppression through the arts!

Members of the Anishnawbe Wellness Collective will lead the group in an opening and closing prayer and circle smudge, strawberry moon teachings on forgiveness, followed by creative reflection activities lead by SKETCH staff and guest artist facilitators.

The Courage Lab series builds on the on going Emergence partnership initiative lead by SKETCH and Neighbourhood Arts Network, focused on making space to investigate creative practices for leading social change in Toronto’s arts communities.

Anishnawbe Wellness Collective – this new pilot project is Aboriginal run and open to the community with priority given to Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit with a focus on community members gathering to cook nutritional meals, share economical knowledge and education information around food and nutrition utilizing a traditional framework. There is a large Aboriginal community in the Weston and Mount Dennis neighbourhoods, and this project aims to provide community members a chance to connect and share information about healthy food.

Food will be provided
Wheelchair Accessible
Scent free environment


Visit the Facebook event page here:

Posted with permission from Ella Cooper
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Indigenous youth find their voices, share their stories & celebrate their talents with the Rita Joe Song Project (NAC)

“In her autobiography, Rita Joe challenges indigenous youth to find their voices, share their stories, and celebrate their talents.

Inspired by this idea, we asked the teachers and students in five communities across Canada to create a song based on what “I Lost My Talk” means to them and their community.

With the help of their teachers and guest artists, each group of young people [sent] a professional audio recording and a music video of their song to the NAC to be showcased in tandem with the January 2016 premiere of composer John Estacio’s new work, “Spirit Prevails,” based on Rita Joe’s poem.

I Lost My Talk
by Rita Joe

I lost my talk
The talk you took away.
When I was a little girl
At Shubenacadie school.

You snatched it away:
I speak like you
I think like you
I create like you
The scrambled ballad, about my word.

Two ways I talk
Both ways I say,
Your way is more powerful.

So gently I offer my hand and ask,
Let me find my talk
So I can teach you about me.”

Visit the NAC website to learn more about the Rita Joe Song Project and the songs created by youth in Eskasoni (NS), Edmonton (AB), Norway House (MB), Iqaluit (NU), and Kitigan Zibi (QC).

Posted with permission from Carl Martin, National Arts Centre
VIDEO: Students from Kitigan Zibi discuss their experience participating in the National Arts Centre’s Rita Joe Song Project.
Courtesy of the National Arts Centre.