May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

National Indigenous History Month

Indigenous arts

Artwork by Germaine Arnaktauyok, NAC Kipnes Lantern

This National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day, the NAC honours the strength of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis Nation, their people, cultures and perspectives, the memory of those voices lost and the living survivors of the Residential schools and their families.  

All through June, the voices of Indigenous artists will be prominent through the numerous free performances and activities in theatre, dance and music available online. Among the free events this month will be weekly Powwow Workout Classes; online learning workshops from Indigenous artists; performance videos from Music, Dance and Theatre; a continuation of monthly author talks with our Indigenous Book Club; and an exciting partnership with the International Indigenous Music Summit.

Indigenous artwork will be featured on the NAC’s Kipnes Lantern throughout the month of June, with stunning artwork from renowned Indigenous artists Germaine Arnaktauyok (Inuit, Igloolik), Christi Belcourt (Michif [Métis]) and Simon Brascoupé (Anishinaabe).

In addition, throughout the month of June, the Kipnes Lantern will regularly turn orange, day and night, to honour the 215 Indigenous children found in the mass grave at the Old Kamloops Residential School. The NAC has lowered its flag at half-mast for 215 hours (nine days), representing one hour for each child found at the unmarked mass grave and in memory of the many other Indigenous children that remain undiscovered in unmarked graves at Residential schools across the country. 

On June 21, the NAC will be partnering with APTN’s Content Creation team on Better Late Than Never, a new documentary that takes audiences into the inaugural launch of NAC Indigenous Theatre. The documentary premieres on the APTN lumi streaming platform on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Indigenous Cities
Indigenous Cities presents memories from Indigenous community members based in cities across Canada; memories that have been interpreted by Indigenous artists to create a unique audio storytelling experience.

Upcoming events

  1. Join us on Thursday May 13 at 12:00pm EST for Powwow Workout Class, led by Allex Wells! In this Powwow Workout, Allex Wells (Sisqua7) will teach traditional hoop … read more

  2. Join us on Thursday June 24 at 12:00pm EST for Powwow Workout Class, led by Steevi King! This high-intensity workout will introduce traditional powwow dancing by … read more

  3. Artist-in Residence Ila Barker is joined by DJ Shub. Considered to be the Godfather of PowWowStep, DJ Shub has undoubtedly pioneered a growing genre of electronic … read more

  • explore

    Indigenous Cities

    Indigenous Cities presents memories from Indigenous community members based in cities across Canada; memories that have been interpreted by Indigenous artists to create a unique audio storytelling experience.

  • video series

    National Indigenous History Month

    Interviews with visual artists Germaine Arnaktauyok, Christi Belcourt and Simon Brascoupé explore the deep relevance of Indigenous arts to the artists and all of our communities.

  • activity

    Indigenous words colouring pages

    Colouring pages featuring artwork created by Indigenous artists from the regions where these languages are spoken. Join us in colouring in these pages and share your work!

  • creation

    Grand Acts of Theatre

    The NAC has funded 14 of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies to create and perform large-scale, new works in response to these challenging times.

  • resources

    Mental health resource list

    It is critical to safeguard your mental wellness. We have gathered a collection of mental health resources aimed at maintaining and improving mental health and well being.

  • video series

    Capsule

    Watch 60 short films created by Canadian dance artists. Available until August 31, 2021.

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