“Nominations for the 8th Annual Barbara Laronde Emerging Artist Award are now open. Winners will be announced in early 2023.
This award recognizes outstanding emerging Indigenous (Status and Non-Status First Nations, Métis, Inuit) artists from Northern Ontario who are women or otherwise gender marginalized (transfeminine, transmasculine, non-binary, Two Spirit, gender non-conforming). You can nominate yourself or another artist.”
“Join us this December for IndigenousGround Training (IGT) Program which will take place both online and in-person in Vancouver, BC
December 8th – 11th Raven Spirit will be hosting our IndigenousGround Training Intensive. This year it will take place both online and in-person on the unceded and Ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC.
We are bringing together an amazing faculty of Indigenous artists and guest speakers who will be sharing their experience and knowledge with a focus on creative process, choreography, and grounding artistic expression in a variety of Indigenous dance forms and practices.
IGT is a space created for Indigenous artists to come together to learn, discover and deepen their creative practice through a series of Master classes, creation-based workshops and circle conversations with mentors and peers. We centre an Indigenous worldview and celebrate Indigenous voices and creative expression. It is an opportunity to engage through movement and inspiration, to arrive deep into our own bodies and our lands, and to share this with one another.
We also have a number of community and Master classes for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants to join us in the circle and dance and learn together.”
“2021 Research Report By Indigenuity For The Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance And Indigenous Curatorial Collective
In late spring 2021, partners Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA) and the Indigenous Curatorial Collective (ICC) set out to study the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous artists across Canada and in Toronto. With the many challenges born from the pandemic, it was vital to the health of the sector that this survey also give arts and culture workers the opportunity to identify positive impacts, both financial and creative.”
“The imagineNATIVE Institute is thrilled to present the Producers Lab offerings throughout 2023! The imagineNATIVE Institute is looking for a mid-career Indigenous Producer with a feature-length project to participate in various Markets and Festivals across Canada and worldwide.
The selected Producer will receive flight and hotel accommodations along with an honorarium to support their attendance at the following festivals + markets:
Doc or Fiction Salon Fellow at the European Film Market
The Banff World Media Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival
Eligibility: This opportunity is open to First Nations, Métis, or Inuit Producers located in Canada.”
“Toronto Arts Council (TAC) welcomes Indigenous artists to an informal conversation about how Indigenous arts communities are responding to the current Toronto Art(s) landscape. This will be a community exchange with speakers and attendees invited to share their stories, knowledge and resources, and network in community. We hope to create space for artists to explore how others are being innovative in their practice and what unique opportunities and challenges exist amidst the ever changing sector. We’ll also be sharing funding opportunities available for Indigenous artists through TAC’s Indigenous Arts Program led by Program Manager, Catherine Tammaro.”
“The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation occurs on September 30. This day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and the resiliency of their communities. We encourage everyone to take the time on this day—and all days—to acknowledge and better understand the history and harms done, explore the vast learning resources available, donate to and support important related causes and organizations, and participate in programs created and led by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit organizers.
Culture Days has set September 30, 2022 aside to create space exclusively for events organized to commemorate the NDTR, including those aimed at sharing First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit experiences and perspectives and uplifting the creative and cultural expressions of Indigenous people and communities.”
“Introducing our newest program – a career accelerator for Indigenous creators. This program will offer networking, industry insights, training and mentorship, all developed to help establish and elevate the careers of Indigenous creators.
This program will provide opportunities including:
script, story, and pitch development
mentoring and networking
… and so much more.
This program, designed for Indigenous writers at the mid-stage of their career (5 – 10 years’ experience), will bring concentrated learning opportunities to a small group of writers for an in-depth, personal experience. Through networking, industry insight, training and mentorship, this program will help establish and elevate the career of Indigenous creators.
By engaging key partners and industry leaders, including experienced creators, writers, broadcasters, funders and more, we will bring the best education and career opportunities to the Indigenous stories that deserve to be seen and heard.
In consideration of everyone’s health & safety, this program will be brought to you online via Zoom.”
“Calls for application for the APTN/imagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch Competition are now OPEN until August 26 2022!
The annual APTN/imagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch Competition is back in-person on October 20, 2022, during the imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival in Toronto, Ontario.
This Call for Applications is for Indigenous Producer/Director Teams with a strong concept for an original Web Series. imagineNATIVE will bring the selected Producer/Director teams to the imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival from October 18 – 23, 2022. The Web Series Pitch Competition will take place in front of the APTN/imagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch Competition jury and the live Industry Days audience for the chance to win an exciting prize package!
The 2022 APTN/imagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch prize package includes
The opportunity to enter into a process for a conditional offer of license for up to $30,000 with APTN.
$10,000 Production budget from Bell Fund
$5000 in-kind grant from William.F White
$1000 certificate from Formosa/The Picture Shop for post-production services
$1000 an imagineNATIVE Supported Crowd-funding
2 Industry passes to attend the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival
“Part of From Weeds We Grow, this interdisciplinary arts workshop explores the ‘Two Row Wampum’ living treaty and our connections to the environment through the beaded artworks.
Led by Artist Lindsey Lickers, Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe (Medicine Water Woman), this arts workshop in Rowntree Mills Park, near the Humber River is a reflective and creative exercise for participants to dive deeper into their current relationship themselves and the land as treaty people.
The ‘Gä•sweñta’, more commonly known as the ‘Two Row Wampum’, is a living treaty originally assumed by the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch, that has become a symbol of reconciliation for many. We invite the community to participate in a beading circle where we will discuss the significance of the Two Row Wampum and how individuals implement the values of this treaty into their daily lives, with the day culminating with the creation of a beaded pin.
The final artwork will be exhibited virtually through STEPS’ website alongside the creative process and learnings.”
“At the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, we support Indigenous artists working in both traditional and contemporary arts by delivering grants, workshops and programs.
Indigenous arts in B.C. have a long and nuanced history, stretching back to a time well before colonization. Music, dance, carving, weaving, regalia, body art – these are just some of the artistic expressions that reflect our cultures and identities. Our art is a conduit for physical, mental, socio-cultural and economic well-being.
We use art to record history and mark events, map the land, pass on values and identify political and family structures that shape our communities. Art is at the centre of our ceremonies and cultural practices. Art is an educational tool, a public record, a political document and a spiritual resource – and it is a critical component of our cultural systems.
Choosing your Grant The Indigenous Arts Program is organized into three funding Baskets to streamline grant selection for individuals, organizations and music industry professionals. Please see each Basket to find which grant fits best with your project.