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National Indigenous Peoples Day with First Light (June 21, St. John’s)

“Every year, on June 21st, First Light hosts a series of events and activities that celebrate the rich and diverse histories and contributions of Indigenous people in Canada, as part of National Indigenous Peoples Day. This year, we are thrilled to be returning to a fully in-person celebration!

The day will begin with a Sunrise Ceremony at Cavell Park, followed by refreshments. At 2:00 pm, the urban Indigenous and broader community are invited to the Techniplex for a family-friendly performance showcase, community feast, and urban powwow or Mawi’omi. 

In addition to the series of performances for National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21, First Light will be hosting a series of workshops from both local and visiting performers before/after the 21st.

For more information, please visit:

-from First Light

Annual Traditional Pow-Wow (Na-Ma-Res)

“After a two-year hiatus – we are thrilled to announce the 2022 Pow-Wow is being held at Fort York on Saturday, June 18th. It is a community festival in celebration of National Indigenous People’s Day.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Start time is Noon for the Grand Entry with the spectacular parade. Enjoy a delicious shared feast, watch hundreds of vibrant drummers and dancers perform, participate in activities and meet First Nations crafters and vendors.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Na-Ma-Res

Talking Stick Festival (June 12 – July 3)

“This year, we gather from all 4 directions to share stories articulated through music, dance, theatre, film and other forms of art presented by the Talking Stick Festival. We travel on our canoe to journey across our ancestral land bringing you, our audience, with us to explore our Indigenous culture through the arts.

The eagles circle over the travelers blessing them with courage, wisdom, inspiration and strength to persevere across any terrain. The ancestral silhouettes hover above the sky, water and earth watching over them and providing guidance in their journey. While the cedar bough at the “bow” of the canoe is meant to provide protection against negative energies they may encounter during their travels.

The backdrop of this year’s theme is set against the majestic mountains and ocean that meet in the land of the Coast Salish People – a diverse First Nations community. We communicate our theme “Come Together” in the 3 languages spoken in this land: Ḵxwúsem (Squamish), m̓i q̓əq̓aʔt ct (Musqueam) and Qápqúthut (Tsleil-Waututh).

This year’s festival will be a unique experience. Our performances will be a mix of Full Circle produced events and partnerships with other notable local performing arts organizations. From June 12th to July 3rd, we will celebrate National Indigenous History Month by showcasing our talented Indigenous performers and artists.

We invite you to come aboard our canoe and experience our culture and history in Vancouver.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Full Circle

Scarborough Sign Mural Project: Callout for Indigenous Youth Artists

“SCARBOROUGH ARTS PRESENTS: Scarborough Sign Mural Project & Mural Painting Workshop Series for Indigenous Youth
Every Saturday from 11AM-3PM, May 28th to June 25th

About the Workshop:
Scarborough Arts, in collaboration with 7th Generation Image Makers, will be hosting a large-scale art and mural making program as a part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022! This workshop series is for Indigenous youth ages 16-29 and requires a commitment of attending 5 workshop sessions held weekly on Saturdays from May 28th-June 25th.

The program will provide each participant with: a free art kit, instruction and mentorship by Mo Thunder to develop their artistic skills, professional development, a $1000 artist and participation fee, and the opportunity for their work to be featured on the Scarborough Sign which will be installed on June 30th at the very high traffic Scarborough Town Centre!

Youth, as a part of this program, will also have the opportunity to have a feature of themselves and their practice on the Scarborough Arts website as well on this program’s landing page. This program was developed with the Scarborough Arts mandate in mind to provide professional and artistic development to youth of all levels of experience in our communities.

*Please note this workshop series is only open for registration for folks that identify as Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, and/or Métis).
*Workshops are scheduled for EDT and will be delivered in-person at a to-be-announced location in Scarborough.
*Applications close on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 11:59PM EDT.”

For more information, please visit
To register:

-from Scarborough Arts

Call for Submissions : 2022 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

“We are proud to announce that our Call for Submissions for the 2022 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is now open!

Submissions will remain open until Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. We are accepting Film + Video, Digital + Interactive, and Audio works for our Festival, which will take place October 18-30, 2022. The 23rd annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will take place in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from October 18-23, 2022, and move to our online streaming and iNdigital Space platforms from October 24-30, 2022.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous Festival of its kind. The Festival is imagineNATIVE’s primary event hosted annually every October in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At our Festival, we present Artistic and Industry programming showcasing Film + Video, Digital + Interactive, and Audio media work created by Indigenous artists (directors, producers, writers, designers) at all levels of experience. Since 2020, imagineNATIVE has further moved into digital and hybrid presentations of these works.

As an Indigenous-led and Indigenous artist-centred organization, we support the artistic visions and perspectives of Indigenous artists working in film and media arts in an inclusive and professional manner. As identified in our mission statement, we are committed to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions. Works are therefore not required to have overt Indigenous content or themes, and can be productions made at all budget levels. We strive to represent a variety of ideas, themes, and genres, in addition to a diversity of Indigenous languages, nations, and cultures.

We are excited to announce that our Festival submissions will now take place using FilmFreeway! Submissions close Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. Please review our updated 2022 Festival Artistic Policy and our Year-Round Artistic Policy before submitting.”

For more information, please visit:

-from imagineNATIVE

Verses Festival | Vengeance du Savage (Vancouver Poetry House)

“A celebration at the failed attempts to silence the Native voice. A collaboration between the Native Hip Hop Festival Society and Vancouver Poetry House featuring Savage Family, Enigma the Poet, Ostwelve, Dani Lion, Tawahum, Sakawnee Baker, Sekoya Baker and Brenn DaCity.

Canada’s largest alternative literary festival, Verses Festival of Words, is at it again with a 12th year of dynamic programming celebrating a broad intersection of poetic artists, including spoken word and page poets, storytellers, singer-songwriters, improvisers, and more! Come be swept away in a wave of word-bending wonder, where activism and art take centre stage. Experience the transformative power of words – written, spoken and sung.

This event will be broadcast on POETV

If you have questions about accessibility at the Festival visit Access Verses

Find out more about the artists performing at Verses 2022

For mote information, please visit:

-from Vancouver Poetry House

Weesageechak Begins to Dance 35 (Native Earth)

Applications Open!
Deadline: May 1, 2022

Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival is a celebration of new works and works-in-development which fosters the development of Indigenous work and artists from across Canada and around the world.

Each November, Native Earth selects theatredanceopera and multidisciplinary works reflecting Indigenous performing arts to be presented, or to receive development support and a workshop production or reading during the two-week festival. We encourage national and international performing artists of all disciplines and at any stage in their career to apply.

Curated by a committee, select pieces receive dramaturgical support, rehearsal time and a public showing. In order for a submission to be eligible, the primary artist or artists must identify as Indigenous.*

To view previous Weesageechak festivals, click here.”
For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from Native Earth

I-talks: An Art Connects Indigenous Workshop Series

“Art connects is an ongoing initiative that started in 2019 to address the role of North York Arts in Truth and Reconciliation. As we build programs, partnerships, and relationships, we continue to ask ourselves “As a non-Indigenous organization, what can we do to support the process of decolonization and build the right relations with Indigenous communities?”

Art Connects is a series of workshops, art installations, talks and tours that aims to connect the local North York Community with both the environment and the history of the land that we live, work and play on.

I-talks is part of the Art Connects Program which is under the umbrella of ArtworxTO.

NOTE: This series of workshops taking place in May are open to the public who have the interest to learn Indigenous Knowledge from Indigenous Elders, Educators and Time Keepers. Please note that if spots are limited priority will be given to North York residents.

I-talks 2022:

Introduction to the series

Understanding Treaty: Part 1

Understanding Treaty: Part 2

Understanding North York

Our Responsibilities to Water & Land: Part 1

Our Responsibilities to Water & Land: Part 2

Indigenous Stewardship, Symbolism & Art

For more information, please visit:

-from North York Arts

iNdigital Youth Collective (imagineNATIVE)

“Formed through collaboration between imagineNATIVE and ENAGB Indigenous Youth Agency, the iNdigital Youth Collective is a new group of emerging digital and interactive artists aged 12-24 and based in Ontario. 

This collective operates with a collaborative spirit to engage Indigenous youth in a community-focused approach, fostering creativity, technical skill, and confidence. The iNdigital Youth Collective’s mission is to empower Indigenous youth, growing the next generation of Indigenous voices in digital media.


For 2022, the iYC Cohort will be learning Game Design skills through a series of workshops alongside Indigenous Mentors and Artists. The games and experiences you create will be featured as part of an online exhibition as well as a special showcase at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in October! 

The iYC meets weekly on Thursdays for approximately 3 hours using Discord. All iYC members will receive a cash honorarium for their participation in the cohort. Join us from April 28th to June 3rd, 2022!”

For more information, please visit:

-from ImagineNATIVE
photo by imagineNATIVE

Asinabka Festival Presents Unikkaatuarniq – 6th Annual Snow Screen (Feb 4-6, online)

Films will be available online through the purchase of an All Access or Industry Pass. Musical performances and other programming will be live-streamed on the Festival’s social media and/or released on the Festival’s online platform.

The word Unikkaatuarniq is an Inuktitut word that means “Storytelling”. Storytelling is an ancient form of magic, with the power to connect the past with the present, teach lessons, impart values, heal, to explain the world and connect us to the universe through language and mythology. The stories, films, and music in this program, come from Indigenous peoples from the circumpolar north — such as the the Inuit of Canada and Greenland, the Sami of northern Scandinavia, and the Sakha of Russia — peoples that have thrived in the Arctic regions of the world for thousands of years, enduring the changing seasons of dark and light, of colonialism, and of climate change. Although these cultures live thousands of kilometres away from each other, they share a common history of resilience in their language, culture and magic through storytelling.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Asinabka Festival