Let's help each other!

Dear Friends

Fall is my favourite time of year. The changing leaves and cooler evenings often find me inside a theatre waiting for that magical moment when the lights come up, and the show begins.

CIT’s fall began with a theatre road trip to Ottawa!

We spent six inspiring days at the Mòshkamo Arts Festival, celebrating and experiencing the opening of the Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre. CIT students attended four plays in 4 days, including the opening night of Marie Clements “The Unnatural and Accidental Women” directed by Muriel Miguel and a brilliant production of NAC artistic director, Kevin Loring’s seminal “WHERE THE BLOOD MIXES.” The play remains as moving today as it was ten years ago when I saw it Winnipeg for the opening of the Truth and Reconciliation hearings.

"The Unnatural and Accidental Women" Opening Night
Nataional Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
September 13th, 2019

We participated in the Grand Entry and Welcoming of the Mòshkamo Arts Festival.

"Grand Entry and Welcoming of the Mòshkamo Arts Festival"
National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
September 14th, 2019

And we weren’t just spectators, we were performers! CIT and Circadia Indigena presented a Light Tipi open to all, in the front Courtyard of Ottawa’s SAW Gallery.
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"Light Tipi" with Circadia Indigena
SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
September 14th, 2019

CIT students and staff participated in round-table discussions and workshops sharing while gaining insights, experiences and best practices from working Indigenous industry professionals from around the world. CIT’s trip to Ottawa and the show we presented were made possible by the generous support of the Indigenous Creation Fund (ICF), a program run through the Ontario Arts Council on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The ICF was created as a direct response to recommendations made in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report. Sadly, the program has since been “suspended,” meaning these funds are no longer available to us. The statement the Ontario Government gave to justify the cuts:

To ensure taxpayer dollars are being used
responsibly and efficiently to maximize
the impact of Indigenous culture support.

– December 14th, 2018, Canada’s National Observer
by Steph Wechsler
Without the ICF, CIT will struggle to give our students this kind of life-affirming and invaluable opportunity again. A lack of access to professional development opportunities for Indigenous artists is why the ICF was created in the first place.

There is something you can do to help.

That is why we’re emailing you today.

Like us, you value the arts,
you value fairness,
and you value Indigenous voices,
identities and communities.
Right now, candidates from every party are knocking on doors and asking for your vote.
Ask where they, their party and its leadership stand on arts funding and action on Truth and Reconciliation.

Your power to make an informed vote, at this critical moment, can affect positive social and political change for Indigenous artists for generations to come.

Chi-Miigwech,
and see you at the polls.

Celeste Sansregret

Managing Director

Centre for Indigenous Theatre

Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
September 14th, 2019