Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month at the NAC

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Kipnes Lantern featuring work by Germaine Arnaktauyok © Blair Gable
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Professor Simon Brascoupé, Lindsay Lachance (Indigenous Theatre), Mairi Brascoupé (Indigenous Theatre), Claire Brascoupé, Amy Ede (Indigenous Theatre) © Fred Cattroll

This National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month, we honour the distinct perspectives and cultures of Indigenous artists through storytelling and performance.  

September brought the Mòshkamo Indigenous Arts Festival, a resoundingly successful start to the inaugural season of Indigenous Theatre at the NAC. As Indigenous Theatre works to develop, nurture and showcase Indigenous stories at community, national and international levels all year long, National Indigenous History Month provides an opportunity for the NAC to revisit our relationship with incredible storytellers who have graced the national stage.

Inuit Founding Myths and Storytelling Beyond the Kipnes Lantern

Starting in June, the visual artistry of Germaine Arnaktauyok joins the work of visual artists Christi Belcourt and Simon Brascoupé shown on the Kipnes Lantern in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day in previous years. This series, which honours the distinct cultures of the artists, will be in heavy rotation all month and take over the Kipnes Lantern on June 21st for National Indigenous Peoples Day. Hosted by Indigenous Theatre Artistic Associate Lindsay Lachance, interviews with all three artists will explore the deep relevance of Indigenous arts to the artists and all of our communities.

Throughout the month, our social media channels will deepen our appreciation of Germaine Arnaktauyok’s visual interpretations of Inuit founding myths with a storytelling series in English, French, and Inuktitut.

Revisiting the Inaugural Season of Indigenous Theatre

This Indigenous History Month, we celebrate that Indigenous Theatre is now a permanent platform dedicated to bringing the works of Indigenous artists to the national stage. Interviews  with artists who participated in Indigenous Theatre’s inaugural season act as a retrospective on our first season, which honoured the resilience, strength, and beauty of Indigenous women. A final interview between Indigenous Theatre Artistic Director Kevin Loring and actor and director Charles Bender will be broadcast live on June 17. Loring and Bender, who adapted Loring’s play Where the Blood Mixes/Là où le sang se mêle into French, will discuss the translation process and delve deeper into the importance of language in the arts and beyond.

Leading up to National Indigenous Peoples Day, enjoy highlights of Indigenous performances and works that have yet to be announced.

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