The Indigenous Performance Network (IPN) evolves through
meaningful engagement with our community of artists across Turtle Island and beyond.

We connect artists, organizations and allies to Indigenous communities
during our Intertribal Gathering.

This annual gathering builds relationships in various regions in order to:

~ showcase the local artists,

~ address unique challenges of creating performance in the region,

~ connect local artists to national presenters of Indigenous performing arts.

2013 Toronto, ON
2014 Saskatoon, SK
2015 Toronto, ON
2016 Dakwäkäda [Haines Junction, Yukon],
traditional and self-governed territories of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
2018 North Bay ON

Indigenous Body Of Work

Another example of the IPN building relationships in community is
The Study/Repast (May 2015).

This collaboration with the Debajehmujig Storytellers brought us to
unceded Odawa territory on Manitoulin Island, ON.

Along with our partners National Arts Centre English Theatre
and over 40 Indigenous performing artists we participated in an
exploration of Indigenous theatre that led to the Indigenous Body Of Work.

IPAA collaborates with CAPACOA


A Network for Indigenous artists by Indigenous artists.

IPN Report photo

At the Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver (Feb. 2015)
the community gathered for an Industry Series.

We began with a workshop on Indigenous protocols
and performance facilitated by Mique’l Dangeli.

Out of this came the formation of the
Indigenous Performance Network (IPN).


IPAA Network Coordinator Brittany Ryan documented the work
at the Musqeum Cultural Centre.

The Report includes personal commitments made by those present
for the formation of this Network.

With the facilitation of France Trépanier and Chris Creighton-Kelly
IPAA took the helm of the IPN supported by
a subcommittee of motivated artists and artistic leaders:

Tracey Kim Bonneau – En’Owkin Centre
Alana Cook – BC Arts Council
Ryan Cunningham – Native Earth Performing Arts
Dr. Mique’l Dangeli – Git Hayetsk Dancers
Terreane Derrick – Independent Artist
Margo Kane – Talking Stick Festival
Brittany Ryan – IPAA Network Coordinator

Joahnna Berti – Debajehmujig Storytellers

Michele Emslie - Yukon Arts Presenters Summit
Joanna Maratta – BC Touring Council



We are developing the IPN by collaborating
with the Canadian Arts Presenting Association CAPACOA
and ensuring Indigenous world-views are at the centre of our gatherings.

We do this by engaging the traditional protocols of the diverse communities
that host our gatherings across Turtle Island.

There is much ground to cover and we accept this challenge.

Join us as we shine our spotlight on Indigenous performance
in local communities and on national stages.

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