ArtBridges and First Nations, Métis & Inuit (FNMI) community-engaged arts / ToileDesArts et l'art communautaire des Premières Nations, Métis & Inuits
    June / juin 2015
Check out these recent and upcoming arts projects from some of ArtBridges' 80+ friends and community partners working in or with First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) communities across Canada. I also encourage you to join our FNMI and northern Facebook group to stay up-to-date on future projects and news. To share your project, event, news or story, please contact me at

Je vous invite à jeter un œil aux projets (récents et à venir) de personnes du réseau de ToileDesArts qui travaillent au sein de communautés des Premières Nations, Métis ou Inuit (PNMI), ou avec elles, d’un bout à l’autre du pays. (Notre réseau compte plus de 80 collaborateurs et organismes communautaires qui œuvrent avec les PNMI!) Je vous encourage aussi à vous inscrire à notre groupe Facebook « PNMI et communautés nordiques » pour être au courant des nouvelles et des projets à venir. Si vous souhaitez partager un projet, un événement ou une histoire, communiquez avec moi (
The Onaman Collective Engages Youth

The Onaman Collective | Espanola, ON

The Onaman Collective is a new initiative from Christi Belcourt, Isaac Murdoch and Erin Konsmo, that seeks to empower Indigenous youth through the creation of art and preservation of Indigenous language and traditions. A recent project in Brampton, ON engaged 100 St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School students in the creation of a mural based on First Nations legend. Read more HERE.
DAREarts is Paving a Future

DAREarts | Palgrave, ON

Cathy Elliott is an artist educator with DAREarts’ First Roots program who has been blogging for ArtBridges since February 2014. Her most recent offering, The Ice Road to Tuk, tells of her recent trip to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT for a week of youth arts workshops. Cathy says: “…They don’t have much in the way of regular arts in their school. So many resources are being spent on other things, like heat and light. So, no art classes, no theatre arts, no culinary arts, no music class. But they do have something of value. Their culture.” 
40 Years of the Labrador Creative Arts Festival

Labrador Creative Arts Festival | Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

“As Canada’s longest running children’s festival, the Labrador Creative Arts Festival brings together students of Labrador communities and artists from around the world for a week of student-produced plays, workshops and fun.” This year the festival celebrates 40 years with the fitting theme ‘Coming Home,’ and will feature returning artists who first participated in the festival when they were students themselves. The festival takes place every November in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (NL).
Wapikoni Mobile

Wapikoni Mobile | Montréal, QC

Wapikoni Mobile est un studio ambulant de formation et création. Il circule dans les communautés pour aider les jeunes autochtones à réaliser des courts métrages et de la musique. Wapikoni Mobile favorise ainsi le développement de compétences professionnelles chez les jeunes et le rayonnement de nouveaux talents.
Cultural Appreciation from a First Nations Perspective

Community Artist | Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, ON

Michael Cywink, artist, author, curator and muralist is a band member to the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Manitoulin Island, ON. As an artist with the Ontario Arts Council's Aboriginal Artists in Schools program, he has traveled to many communities across Ontario with his unique workshop that blends traditional First Nations culture with the mural-making process. Michael is also the Art Coordinator of the Wiikwemkoong Art Gallery where he and gallery staff, Andrew and Oz, are planning ‘Bringing Colour to Life,’ a youth-based community celebration of the arts later this summer.
BluePrintForLife's Social Work Through Hiphop

BluePrintForLife | Canada-wide

BluePrintForLife uses "hiphop as both a community development tool and as a model for alternative education and healing... [it] offers dynamic, culturally appropriate programs designed for First Nations and Inuit youth that are founded on hiphop, rooted in traditional culture, and centered on community needs." BluePrintForLife travels to First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada, including youth correctional facilities. Check out their recent feature in First Nations Resource Magazine.
Embassy of Imagination Visits Cape Dorset, NU

Embassy of Imagination | Cape Dorset, NU

Embassy of Imagination is a multidisciplinary youth arts initiative led by visual artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson. The pair recently traveled to Cape Dorset, NU, where they transformed a room at Peter Pitseolak School into the Quviana Printshop, an arts workshop for youth aged 12-17. Over the course of 7 weeks, youth participated in a variety of arts activities that included everything from drawing, mask-making and photography, to indigo-dying, metal-casting and printmaking. Read more HERE.
Arts Programs Launch for Indigenous Girls & Women

Setsuné & INDIGICADE | Toronto, ON

The Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator launched in April and brings together Indigenous women (16-35) to develop artistic skills and Indigenous knowledge with workshops on hide tanning, basic pattern drafting, silk-screening and more. Starting in June, Indigenous Routes and Dames Making Games is offering INDIGICADE, a free video game development program aimed at Indigenous females (13-24).
Uncovering Colonial Legacies Art Exhibition

USAY | Calgary, AB

Uncovering Colonial Legacies: Voices of Indigenous Youth in Child Welfare (dis)Placements showcases the stories and artwork of 20 aboriginal youth with past experience in the child welfare system. Facilitated in partnership with USAY (Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth), the exhibition is the result of more than 9 months of community building and critical conversation about Child Welfare that began in July 2014. The artwork has been shown at conferences, lectures, exhibits and community events to a collective audience of more than 1500 people. Read more HERE.
L'institut Tsakapesh

L'institut Tsakapesh | Uashat, QC

L'institut Tsakapesh est un organisme culturel et éducatif qui dessert huit communautés innues de la Cote-Nord et de la Basse Cote-Nord. Il vise à favoriser la prise en charge des communautés, à préserver leurs langue et culture, et à offrir des services culturels et éducatifs. Le programme Culture-Education vise en particulier à mettre les jeunes en contact direct avec les arts et la culture.
Sâkêwêwak's Youth Songwriting Camp

Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective Inc. | Regina, SK

Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective Inc. is Regina's hub for contemporary Indigenous art production, presentation and education.” Their current youth songwriting and hand-drum making camp is offered in partnership with the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts, and is FREE to successful applicants. It runs every Sunday, from May 31st throughout the month of June. For more information, call (306) 533-5857 or email
Alianait Arts Festival Kicks Off June 26th

Alianait Arts Festival | Iqaluit, NU

The Alianait Arts Festival offers year-round concert programming and workshops celebrating Inuit culture. Their annual festival runs June 26th to July 1st in Iqaluit , NU and promises a “brilliant mix of world-class entertainment.” The line-up includes Inuit performers and musical acts from around the globe, Igloolik’s circus acrobats ArtCirq, the Young Circumpolar Artists’ Collaborative, and more.
Listings compiled by Cora-Rae Silk, ArtBridges Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator. Check out ArtBridges' Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map and search 'FNMI' for more listings, and please send any suggestions or corrections to

Cette liste a été compilée par Cora-Rae Silk, la coordonnatrice — art communautaire autochtone de ToileDesArts. Pour découvrir d’autres projets, faites une recherche dans notre Répertoire de l’art communautaire au Canada en cochant la case « Autochtone ». Merci d’envoyer toute correction ou suggestion à
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