This Indigenous History Month, we celebrate the role of Indigenous Theatre in celebrating and revitalizing Indigenous languages. On June 17, Indigenous Theatre Artistic Director Kevin Loring and actor and director Charles Bender engaged on the topic of language. Bender, who adapted Loring’s play Where the Blood Mixes/Là où le sang se mêle into French, chatted with Kevin about the translation process and more. Loring’s play, which won a 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama award-winning play, was presented in French and English during Indigenous Theatre’s premiere arts festival, Mòshkamo.
We celebrate that Indigenous Theatre is now a permanent platform dedicated to bringing the works of Indigenous artists to the national stage. Through a series of interviews, we revisit our national mandate to include distinct personal and cultural perspectives from coast to coast to coast and languages from all four directions. 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.