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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

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

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
Visit SKETCH’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map
Visit Neighbourhood Arts Network’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

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.

JUNE 22 – Webinar: Indigenous Approaches to Youth Program Evaluation (YouthREX)


The culturally responsive evaluation of Indigenous youth programs in all their diversity is key to the ongoing project of Aboriginal healing and self-determination. Culturally responsive research and evaluation has the potential to gather reliable evidence that both informs and shapes those efforts.

June 22, 2016 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

This webinar will discuss the importance of incorporating culturally appropriate and responsive elements of Indigenous worldview into evaluating Aboriginal youth programs. We will explore the principles of Indigenous program evaluation, how to develop an appropriate framework, and gain insight into how well the program is achieving its intended outcomes.”


– from the YouthREX newsletter (June 2016)

{Re}conciliation: Funding program promotes artistic collaborations between Indigenous & non-Indigenous artists


“A groundbreaking initiative which aims to promote artistic collaborations that look to the past & future for new dialogues between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

The Canada Council administers the {Re}conciliation initiative, which was developed by Canada Council, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada in anticipation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission‘s final report and recommendations. It aims to promote artistic collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, investing in the power of art and imagination to inspire dialogue, understanding and change.

This initiative is open to First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists, collectives and arts organizations (including collaborations with non- Aboriginal artists and organizations) who are invited to submit proposals for project funding up to $75 000. Applicants who submitted a proposal in the past but did not receive funding are eligible to re-submit to future competitions.

Six projects were selected following the first competition in May 2015. A second competition is currently underway. The deadline to apply is 21 June 2016.”

***Click here for more information***

Posted with permission from Ashley Tardif-Bennett, Canada Council for the Arts

Courage Lab: Right Relations with Elders Through Word, Art & Song, May 30 (Toronto)

Presented by SKETCH & Neighbourhood Arts Network

MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016 | 5:30-9:00PM

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

At this next Courage Lab, Ma-Nee Chacaby will open with teachings about how to have right relations with indigenous and two spirit elders through storytelling and image making, followed by a participatory workshop led by Hussein Janmohamed on the relationship between patriarchal ritualized spaces and matriarchal re-imagined spaces. We will learn chant-based music, compositional tools, and singing techniques as foundations from which we will create compositions inspired by themes brought during the evening.

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.

Food will be provided
Wheelchair Accessible
Scent free environment

Register today!​

Made possible with support from Ontario Trillium Foundation, Catherine Donnelly Foundation and ArtBridges”

Submitted by Ella Cooper

Create for Truth & Reconciliation: Make a piece of art for each of the 94 ‘calls to action’ in the TRC report


WHAT: This is similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge, but different –> Overall Goal: To make a sketch, draw a picture, take a photo, or collage together pieces of art for every single one of the 94 “calls to action” in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

Your invitation: Join in to create at least one piece and invite at least 3 friends to do the same.

This is to support and amplify the work happening by the folks of #ReadtheTRCreport <– check it out. Watch the videos here.


  • Read over the calls to action, which are part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, and choose one that stands out to you (maybe you feel moved or inspired by it),
  • Then draw/sketch/paint/collage (or what ever your visual art form) something, perhaps a symbol, scene, self portrait, etc. that embodies the call to action,
  • Add the text of call to action into your art piece, as well as the hashtag #ReadTheTRCReport,
  • Share it and invite at least three (3) friends to do the same!
  • Pass along to Many Rivers Permaculture (Facebook) so it can be added to the “Mother Album”,
  • Post it to your Facebook page/wall, blog, website, etc. so that others can see your art.
  • If you plan on selling your artwork, I recommend gifting at least 50% of revenues to an indigenous-led organization in your community.

Feel free to copy and paste any of this to share.

WHO: The initial invitation will be made out to friends and family with hopes that it expands to all peoples across Turtle Island (North America). I wish to also create space to centre and amplify the existing artwork of indigenous artists who have been working for healing way before this project started. You’re all invited! Do you want in?

WHERE: In your home, in your community gathering places, in your schools, in your government buildings, in your public spaces, in the woods, in the meadows, in the lakes and ocean. Wherever you’re inspired to create!

WHEN: Let’s see what happens in the month of May.
1) Let’s aim for at least 300 unique pieces of artwork that focus on and amplify the “calls of action” in the TRC.
2) Let’s enjoy the artwork of at least 100 indigenous artists on Turtle Island (that will be approximately 3.33333 artists a day!).

WHY: I’ve been inspired over and over again by the resilience of the aboriginal communities, and the individual people, who have shown their power in defence of their way of life and the land (one and the same).

I want to help raise awareness of their efforts and support their actions to protect and heal, as well as to learn about the culture of the peoples on whose traditional territories I live. One of many actions  I’ve seen is #ReadtheTRCreport, which is a project that brought together people to read the whoooooole report in short YouTube videos. My hopes are that this mimics that project as the visual version. I understand that not everyone believes in the processes that lead to the creation of, or the results of, the TRC. However, it has made time and space to hear and share many voices, and it has provided many specific, achievable, and practical “calls to action”, which I agree will help to bring change. This project is to continue learning about reconciliation and how it happens.

I acknowledge that it is because of the systems of harm, such as colonialism and capitalism and white supremacy, annnnd patriarchy, and many others, that I have the free time and resources to be able to dedicate my time towards such a project. I acknowledge that my work for this project is taking place on unceded traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples. I’m still learning and am open to feedback on this whole process.”

Click here for more info!

Posted with permission from Paul Wartman
Artwork courtesy of Paul Wartman

Call for Submissions! InDigi60: Indigenous Youth Film Contest, Deadline June 15


InDigi60: Indigenous Youth Film Contest
Filmmaker? Youth? Indigenous? Between the ages 15-30? Do you want to screen your film at the 2016 Asinabka Festival?

The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival & the Digi60 Ottawa Filmmakers Festival are partnering to offer the InDigi60: Indigenous Youth Film Contest. This is a contest for Indigenous youth (First Nation, Métis, Inuit), to create a film under 5 minutes in length, on the “Catch” or “Theme” of: A Sense of Place.

This can be interpreted in different ways (for example: in a town, on a lake, in a house, on a soccer field, in a graveyard, on a boat, etc.). Why is this place important? In what ways does your film show or demonstrate a sense of place?

Twelve winning films will be selected to screen during the Asinabka Festival (Ottawa, August 10-14, 2016), and 1 film will be selected by the Audience to screen at the Digi60 Festival in December 2016. Indigenous Youth in rural or urban areas, first time filmmakers, or those with only access to using Smartphone’s or non-professional equipment are all encouraged to apply.

– 1 video submission per applicant.
– Maximum video length: 5 minutes (Including credits).
– All genres of film will be accepted (dramas, comedies, animation, documentaries).


To find out how to submit, visit:

Posted with permission from Howard Adler, Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival