Programs

Indigenous arts

  • Creating a Story Through Sound

    with Emily Seguin

      Preschool to Grade 8 Ages 4-14

    In this workshop, students are invited to create a story by exploring sound using everyday instruments and objects. Through teamwork, active listening and sound exploration, the artist will guide the students … read more

  • Cross-Cultural Exploration: Music & Nature

    with Samantha Whelan Kotkas & Walter...

      Grade 3–6

    Explore how music is inspired by the natural world in both Classical and Indigenous musical traditions. Alberta-based teaching artists Samantha Whelan Kotkas (trumpet) and Walter MacDonald White Bear (drum, guitar, … read more

  • Finding the Ojibwe Horse

    with Ken MacDonald & Rhonda Snow

      Kindergarten-Grade 6 Ages 3-12

    What does a classically-trained orchestral french horn player have in common with a Métis visual artist? In the case of Ken MacDonald and Rhonda Snow, both are caretakers of Ojibwe Horses, Canada’s only … read more

  • First Nations Music & Culture (Cree)

    with Walter MacDonald White Bear

      Grade 3–6

    Musician and teaching artist Walter MacDonald White Bear (based in Calgary) shares music and cultural teachings from his Cree heritage, including the Medicine Wheel, the drum, and the native flute. … read more

  • Honouring First Nations in the Music Classroom

    Digital Workshop for Teachers with Sherryl...

      Post-secondary, Professional Ages 18+

    Appropriation, Resources, and Approaching Community Join the cross-cultural teaching artist duo Samantha Whelan Kotkas and Sherryl Sewepagaham (Cree-Dene) as they guide through an introduction to honouring First Nations … read more

  • Métis Music & Culture

    with Brianna Lizotte

      Grade 4-6 Ages 8-12

    Alberta fiddler Brianna Lizotte leads the class through performances and interactive activities that showcase the richness of her Métis heritage. Curriculum objectives: Music, Social Studies, Indigenous … read more

  • The Medicine of Hoop Dance

    virtual workshops with Alex Wells

     

    Alex Wells is an internationally award-winning Hoop Dance Champion from Mount Currie, British Columbia. Alex is a member of the St'át'imc Lil’Wat tribe, and was brought up through cultural … read more

Upcoming Events

Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.

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