The Indigenous Creative Spaces Project brings together a network of communities to support the development of Indigenous sovereign spaces across Ontario. Guided by an Indigenous Advisory Circle and supported by ArtsBuild Ontario, the project aims to build a framework of knowledge and experience within a cultural context, and determine the needs and recommendations for future infrastructure development across the ecology of Ontario.
Community Gathering Circles
Gathering Circles were held for Indigenous artists, arts organizations, and community members across the province. Communities were invited to speak about what is needed to foster development of Indigenous creative spaces. Gatherings took place in Kingston, Six Nations of the Grand River, Manitoulin Island, North Bay, Thunder Bay, Temagami, and Toronto.
Legacy Stories explore where the spaces begin, where they are going, to where they hope to be. These conversations were transcribed and shared internally with each organization and their communities to protect cultural knowledge that emerged from each Circle.
Guidance from the Circles
Needs and recommendations from the Community Gatherings and Legacy Stories as well as external research will form Guidance from the Circles. This document will illustrate what is needed to develop and sustain Indigenous sovereign arts spaces across Ontario.
I Have More to Say
Online dialogues on various topics around fostering the development of Indigenous creative spaces will take place in 2022-2023. Dates and topics to be shared soon.
Welcome to the Territory
In 2023-2024, online and in-person dialogues and site visits of Indigenous creative spaces will take place. Dates and topics to be shared soon. An online sector-wide gathering on Indigenous creative spaces and settler arts organizations/spaces will also be offered.
The Indigenous Creative Spaces Project respects the First Nations Principles of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession). Project materials are shared privately for Indigenous artists, arts organizations, and community members participating in the project. This protection creates a sovereign digital space for communities to connect and learn from the knowledge shared in this project. Access of this website is fully determined and managed by the Indigenous Advisory Circle.
ArtsBuild Ontario thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for supporting this project.