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Run As One Youth Conference & Music Festival, Aug. 5-6 / Register by July 31 (Siksika Nation, AB)


“Siksika Health Services and Canada Bridges are pleased to present the upcoming Run as One 2014 Aboriginal Youth Conference! The Run As One youth conference is part of a weeklong celebration known as the Siksika Nation Youth Awareness Week. Open to youth from across Treaty 7!

This year’s conference themes are: Reaffirming Cultural Identity and Engaging Youth in the Current State of Affairs. Festivities will include cool workshops, fun activities, good food, great friends, sports tournaments, cultural events, and more. Guest speakers and facilitators include Savvy Simon, Earl Lambert, Justin ManyFingers & Waawaate Fobister, Mike Scott, and the Red Power Squad. And to wrap things up, the Run As One Music Festival will feature well-known headlining acts, and offer a venue for Treaty 7 youth to display their musical talents.

What? Run as One 2014 Aboriginal Youth Conference
When? August 5 & 6, 2014
Time: 8:30am-10:00pm each day
Where? Siksika Nation High School – Siksika, Alberta (located near the junction of Hwy-901 and Hwy-547, just West of the Deerfoot Sportsplex). Accommodation information can be found in the attached Registration Package.
Who? Aboriginal youth ages 15-30 from Treaty 7 Nations
Why? To reaffirm the cultural identity of today’s Aboriginal youth, and encourage them to become engaged in the current state of affairs

Please pass this information along to Aboriginal youth in your communities, and encourage them to participate! Interested youth are invited to fill out registration forms, and fax to Jennifer Kohlhammer at (403) 734-3916 or email to, on or before Thursday, July 31st, 2014.”

Download the registration package from their website or connect with Run As One on Facebook

Posted with permission from Kristin Fedorak, Bridges Social Development

Free Youth Workshop: Evaluation (ArtReach Toronto)

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“Evaluation is an important, but sometimes overlooked, part of our work in communities. Surveys, stories, art-based activities, and statistics are just some of the powerful evaluation tools we can use to measure the impacts of what we do. Used correctly, they demonstrate the benefits of our work to our communities, funders, and donors and help us better shape our programs into the future.

In this interactive workshop we will examine the process of evaluation, connecting it directly to the visions and goals of our own programs, and explore creative strategies and tools for collecting the right data and sharing it with others.

Workshop participants will look into different ways of measuring the impacts and successes of their own programs and try out some evaluation and presentation techniques.

To maximize the usefulness of this workshop, we highly encourage all participants to come prepared with a real project and its objectives in mind that they want to evaluate.

Date: Tuesday, July 22 2014
Registration and Food: 5:30pm
Workshop Start Time: 6:00pm SHARP!
Location: West Side Arts Hub, 1785 Finch Ave W

Margo Charlton
Fiona Scott
Irfan Ali

This workshop is part of the larger GOAL (Grassroots Organizing and Leadership) Youth Workshop Series being organized by a collaborative group made up of youth organizations and funders. A certificate will be provided to participants who attend 5 or more workshops in the series. For more information, contact or visit the Eventbrite page for this workshop.

The GOAL Youth Workshop Series is presented by ArtReach Toronto in partnership with Grassroots Youth Collaborative, City of Toronto, For Youth Initiative, and Toronto Community Foundation. We would also like to acknowledge our funding partners, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Laidlaw Foundation, without whose support this project would not be possible.”

-submitted by ArtReach Toronto
Read ArtReach Toronto’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Excellence is Earned: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator


Cathy Elliott is an artist educator with DAREarts’ First Roots program. Once a month, Cathy shares her stories and experiences working with our First Nations youth in remote northern communities such as Webequie (ON), Marten Falls (ON), Sioux Lookout (ON), Attawapiskat (ON) and Indian Brook (NS). It’s an honour to be able to share these stories with the ArtBridges community and I want to thank Cathy and Marilyn (the founder of DAREarts) not just for their amazing work, but also for their willingness to share. I hope you enjoy!
- Cora, Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator & Communications Assistant, ArtBridges

New Credit First Nations invited DAREarts to create “Four Legends” with the grades five and six students of Lloyd S. King Primary School. The four day workshop (June 9-12) culminated in a video about being a good human being which had its world premiere on lucky Friday 13th.

The first thing you notice when you walk through the front doors of Lloyd S. King Elementary School isn’t the vaulted ceilings or the natural wood pillars and rafters. It isn’t the artwork and posters covering the walls. It’s the smell of burning sage.


DAREarts was invited to participate in a year-end workshop that celebrated the students’ knowledge of their own culture, their own world view and how they could convey those gifts to people outside of their school and community. Former Marten Falls First Nation teacher Caitland Harding, who had been with us during the creation of spoken word poem “The Land Speaks,” and now was working in Southern Ontario, recommended DAREarts to Karl King, the school’s Cultural Coordinator. The Grade five and six students enthusiastically wrote, story boarded, filmed and musically scored the fifteen minute video about the Four Directions, Seven Sacred Teachings and the DAREarts Values (Discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence).

Karl King: “I thought the week was a fantastic experience for the students. I especially enjoyed seeing their creativity, artistry, hard work, vision, and sense of adventure as the project unfolded. I saw great leadership from several children and although I had seen glimpses of these qualities before, they were magnified and majestically put on display through the process. The World Premiere was incredible. I can honestly say that it was one of the proudest moments of my 16 year career. I am convinced that all 21 students will remember this for the rest of their lives.”

[Watch "Four Legends" here]

Peter Elliott, videographer, editor and documentary maker (Brebeuf, The Hermit of White Otter Lake, Fill My Hollow Bones, Save My Pet, Cold Water Cowboys) had produced a camera angle tutorial video that incorporates the works of students from Attawapiskat and Webequie First Nations. Throughout the week, the Anishnaabe students from Southern Ontario sampled the video projects that previous kids had made, and observed differences and similarities between themselves and “distant cousins” from up North (Webequie, Attawapiskat and Marten Falls First Nations) and the Atlantic Region (Shubenacadie First Nation, Nova Scotia).

Cathy Elliott, multi-disciplined artist and educator, led the students through the process of creating a film script to support their poems, exploring camera acting techniques and recorded sound effects for the original score for the film. “This was a wonderful experience for me, too. These kids are secure in their own skin, ready and hungry for ways to express themselves in a positive way. They greeted DAREarts with open arms, and they will be with me in my heart forever.”

Four Legends emerged from the short week’s explorations. They incorporated Anishnaabe teachings and legends, which were mixed with the children’s own contemporary interpretation of their world view. The result is a beautiful, funny and touching film that speaks with the children’s voices throughout and incorporates four stories that rests on Anisnaabewin world views and lessons about being a DAREarts Leader.


Cathy’s note:
This school asked us to join them, and the minute we walked in the door, smelled that sage and met the children, we knew we were in for a terrific time. The kids are open, polite, curious, talkative and energetic. We didn’t ever feel a lag in the day, which offered a generous amount of time. The school gave us the entire day, which meant that we didn’t have to rush things and could complete tasks without sacrificing excellence and learning. We had an opening Circle with the entire school on the Monday. Our private smudge and Circle, was filled with questions, ideas, reflections and projections every morning following. We never ever doubted that this would be a successful week. The teachers supported and trusted us enthusiastically, even when it looked like “controlled chaos” was becoming the norm.

Peter and I want to thank the community of New Credit for this welcoming. We laughed with the kids and teachers a lot this week, and we hope to enjoy another visit, soon. The project was paid for by the community and the budget took up almost a third of the school’s entire fiscal year. It’s heartening to note that culture and art are so valued by a school, even in these hard times. When other Aboriginal schools are held together by little more than sheer will and limited financial support, with few resources to teach their kids about their culture and arts, schools like Lloyd S. King are, sadly, anomalies. With New Credit stepping up, DAREarts is allowed to use precious resources to help finance other Aboriginal schools for arts and empowerment programs.

I can’t stress enough how these programs change lives. The kids, their teachers, parents, elders and siblings are all impacted positively by hope and empowerment through the arts. Gitchi Miigwetch to teachers Karl, Catherine and Caitland for giving us this opportunity.

Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map
All photos courtesy of DAREarts


gruntCraft: Call for Youth & Volunteers for a Virtual Art Studio for Young Artists (Vancouver)


About the Project:
gruntCraft is a visual arts based, youth engagement project, managed by Vancouver’s grunt gallery. The project’s goal is to develop a virtual art studio, in Minecraft, for youth participants. The studio program includes 3D printing workshops, mentorship and feedback from professional artists, and open house events in grunt gallery’s media lab. The project will run from July to December 2014. Follow the development of the virtual studio on gruntCraft’s YouTube channel and get project news at

What is MineCraft?
Minecraft is a “sandbox” game, meaning it provides the user with a set of creative tools, rather than a narrative or goal based game. Users create a virtual 3D world pixel by pixel. This game is easy to learn but it also has an expanding capacity for building complex objects. It is incredibly popular across the world, users can work independently or in a collaborative environment.

Looking for Youth Participants:
gruntCraft is looking for youth artists from ages 11-18. This project is a fantastic opportunity for young artists who want to explore and learn minecraft. Youth that are adept at video games and are familiar with minecraft are also encouraged to participate; they will find new ways of playing with their favourite game and working in this imaginative environment. Please email Demian at for more information about applying to this program

Youth Studio Members:
– Will have a voice in studio policy decisions
– Have their work documented on the YouTube channel
– Be supported in their projects through feedback from professional artists
– Be eligible to register for 3D printing workshops (Dates TBD)
– Be invited to participate in open house events at grunt gallery (Dates TBD)

Guest Artists:
– Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
– Igor Santizo
– Jeremy Bailey
– Erica Stocking
– Allison Hrabluik

Looking for Volunteers:
Are you interested in learning and taking part in minecraft? Do you have a background in youth work? Maybe you have an interest in architecture, mapping or collaborative learning environments? Or perhaps you’re an adept minecraft player and can lend your expertise as an online guide?

We are looking for both online and in person volunteers for various aspects of this project:
- In-person volunteers to help facilitate open house events and artist studio workshops.
- Online volunteers to help develop and promote the virtual studio.

Feel free to check out the studio server at: If you would like to get involved as a volunteer please contact Demian at for more information.

Visit for more info.”

Connect with gruntCraft on Facebook

Posted with permission from Karlene Harvey, grunt gallery
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Member Spotlight: All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz (Regina)

All Nations Healin’ Thru Arts wrapped their 2013/14 program with their 6th Annual Talent Show performance this past April. Since 2008, ANHTA’s after-school program has been providing Regina’s at-risk youth with free multi-arts programming that includes everything from dance and voice training to creative writing, beading, photography and more. Throughout the eight months, youth participate in life-skills classes, employment training and cultural teachings and as an added bonus, transportation and dinner are also provided.

Many of the youth live in North Central, an area plagued by high levels of violent crime, drugs, prostitution and gangs. At one point, Macleans magazine called the community ‘Canada’s worst neighbourhood.’ Founder Monica Fogel says “We’re not here to be a saviour. We can’t change their lives for them. But we can give them opportunities to see another avenue…”

This documentary by Lucas Frison chronicles the eight month program with commentary from ANHTA instructors and youth participants.

Click here to watch the documentary

Eagleclaw Thom is a new media instructor at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology and is just one of the qualified instructors who has committed their time and talent to working with ANHTA. This year he taught a 3-month photography and documentary film-making course. The youth had access to point-and-shoot cameras and were encouraged to record video diaries as a means of self-discovery and for discussing challenges they are facing in the community. Watch a short documentary about the photography and film-making class below and then check out some of the photographs taken by the youth.

Click here to watch the mini-documentary

Click here to watch the slideshow

Registration for next year’s program starts in September. Check the All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz Facebook page for more information.

- Cora, Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator & Communications Assistant, ArtBridges
Posted with permission from Monica Fogel, ANHTA

Adäka Cultural Festival: June 27 – July 3 (Whitehorse)

AdakaCulturalFestival5The Adäka Cultural Festival kicks off Friday, June 27th with an amazing line-up of artists and performers from each Yukon First Nation and all over the world! Check out the workshop schedule for FREE youth workshops in carving, stained-glass mosaic, t-shirt stenciling, breakdancing and MORE! – Cora, Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator & Communications Assistant, ArtBridges

“Over 150 aboriginal artists and performers from Canada, Alaska and New Zealand will descend upon Whitehorse this summer to share their arts and culture with Yukon residents and visitors from around the world.

Taking place from June 27th – July 3rd at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, the Festival will present a world-class program featuring traditional and contemporary music, drumming, dance, storytelling, film, visual art exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops, interpretive programming, a community feast and more!

The 2014 program will feature a special collaborative project titled ‘Journey with our Hearts and Hands,’ which will bring 15 master sculptors from New Zealand, Alaska, Haida Gwaii, Vancouver, Northwest Territories and Yukon together to exhibit their work and share ideas, inspiration and knowledge through discussion forums and informal studio time in a carving tent by the Yukon River.

Adäka’s main stage program will also feature an impressive line up including 3 award-winning performers:

Florent Vollant, a dynamic Innu singer-songwriter, formally part of the internationally acclaimed duo KASHTIN. “Well-rounded, mysterious, simplicity but always rich, the Montagnais’s music eases life. Opulent.” – Voir

Don Amero, a rootsy country, folk and soul singer songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. “Since he burst onto the local scene with his sweet tenor voice and his beautiful acoustic songs, Don Amero has been called one of its brightest lights.” – John Kendle, Uptown Magazine

Westley Hardisty, a Dene fiddling sensation whose unique blend of rock, folk, Celtic and Métis music is compelling and emotional.

The festival audience will also enjoy many of Yukon’s favourite performers including Diyet, Boyd Benjamin, Jerry Alfred and Vision Quest to name a few, as well as 15 traditional dance groups from Yukon, Alaska and Atlin.

Read more about the program highlights, including the ‘Sharing Our Spirit’ celebration and Canada Day festivities HERE.

Visit for a full listing of artists & performers and workshops & lectures.

All events are FREE unless otherwise noted.

For more information contact:
Charlene Alexander, Adäka Cultural Festival 
Phone: (867) 667-7698″


Posted with permission from Charlene Alexander, Adäka Cultural Festival
Photos courtesy of Adäka Cultural Festival




Aboriginal Arts & Stories Winners Announced (Canada-wide)

“Earlier this year Historica Canada announced the Aboriginal Arts & Stories Contest which invited FNMI youth between the ages of 11 – 29 to submit a piece of writing or artwork that showcased their creativity and explored their heritage. Now the results are in and we’re thrilled to announce the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!” - Cora, Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator & Communications Assistant, ArtBridges

“From across Canada, these amazing young artists have explored everything from their own personal pasts to the stories of their ancestors and country. They are a testament to the great potential for creativity, engagement and respect in Aboriginal communities across Canada.”

AboriginalArtsStories1Queen over Democracy / 1st Place (Ages 14-18)
Mercedes Sandy / 18 / Beausoleil First Nation / Christian Island, ON
“She sits on her throne, without any effort, she controls the flora and fauna, she believes she is the good ruler, as she hides her face with the mask of propaganda; her only true identity is the Queen over democracy.”
© Mercedes Sandy

AboriginalArtsStories4Keeper of the Voice / 1st Place (Ages 19-29)
Nicole Paul / 22 / Métis / Prince Albert, SK
“The inspiration for my painting “Keeper of the Voice“ originated in the summer while I was privileged with the opportunity to meet with elders and survivors from across Canada to hear their testimonies of their experiences at residential schools. One thing they all stressed was the impact that losing their language had on them.”
© Nicole Paul

AboriginalArtsStories2Mihkwakanihkan / 2nd Place (Ages 14-18)
Mandy Littlechild / 17 / Maskwacis / Maskwacis, AB
“I titled the piece Mihkwakanihkan which is the Cree word for mask/imitation face because I wanted to create a piece that reflected the many ‘masks’ aboriginal women often wear when going through daily lives, hiding their true feelings behind facades.”
© Mandy Littlechild

AboriginalArtsStories5Shapeshifter 7 / 2nd Place (Ages 19-29)
Jessie Jakumeit / 27 / Tsimshian & Gitxsan / Toronto, ON
“Shapeshifting speaks to my culture as well as my interests in unknowable mystery and transformation. I’m fascinated by liminal states: the raven halfway to becoming human, the lunar eclipse, the girl almost a woman, the long journey to a new place. The threshold between past and future presents a potent opportunity for growth.”
© Jessie Jakumeit

AboriginalArtsStories3Assiniboine Girl / 3rd Place (Ages 14-18)
Hillary Ryder / 18 / White Bear / Regina, SK
“My painting is of an Assiniboine girl in a fabric dress with a studded leather belt. I decided to paint her to represent my tribe and show how real Aboriginal girls used look like. Not all Aboriginal girls dressed the same and all tribes dress differently. Underneath the paint I used gold leaf on the Assiniboine girl’s dress so she glows more. The gold leaf represents how ‘golden’ and important Aboriginal women are.”
© Hillary Ryder

AboriginalArtsStories6Wisakedjak and the Moon / 3rd Place (Ages 19-29)
Jordan Stranger / 25 / Peguis First Nation / Winnipeg, MB
“Wisakedjak and the Moon”
© Jordan Stranger

Visit to see the winners in the writing category and for all the winners in the arts category.

Congratulations go out to all the winnners! Thank you for sharing your talent!

Posted with permission from Alicia Dotiwalla, Program Coordinator, Historica Canada

Nia Centre for the Arts (Toronto)

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.


Nia Centre for the Arts is a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the African Diaspora. They create opportunities for young people to develop healthy identities and for communities to enhance their creative capacities.”

To read more about the NIA Centre for the Arts and their programs, please see their profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Profile Highlight: Project Re•Vision (Guelph, ON)

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.


Project Re•Vision, located in Guelph Ontario, is a mobile multi-media lab that uses arts-based methods to explore and examine experiences of differences and create spaces where people “talk back to” representations and make new meanings. Their mission is to “mobilize arts-based approaches to create deep understandings of difference that disrupt dominant narratives and open up possibilities.”

To read more about Project Re•Vision, please see their profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory.

Free youth opportunity: create films that explore the stories of 10 adult mentors in your community (Mississauga)


“Have you always wanted to get behind a camera, or to take your filmmaking skills to the next level?
Is there some one that inspires you, or you look up to?

If you are nodding yes, then this program is for you!
• Learn how to plan, shoot, and edit a short film
• Work creatively with a small group of peers
• Help tell the stories of some one who inspires you
• Have a ridiculous amount of fun!

The Youth and Mentors Film Program is a unique filmmaking workshop that will bring together youth and the people they look up to in the community, in a creative collaboration to produce short films.

In this FREE program, you will work with a small group to create films that explore the stories of 10 adult mentors in your community.

Ten youth will be chosen to participate.
No experience necessary!

All of the films will be screened as a part of a community film festival. They will also be submitted to the touring Reel Youth Film Festival, distributed on YouTube, Facebook, and showcased on the Reel Youth website.

This is a 6-day program. The dates are:
June 12 & 13 4pm – 8pm
June 14 & 15 10am – 4pm
June 21 & 22 10am – 4pm

Forest Ridge Communtiy Room
3420 College Way, Mississagua, ON

Meals and snacks are included! ”

-submitted by Mark Vonesch, Reel Youth
Read Reel Youth’s Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map