Three years in the making. Ten days of ground-breaking music, visual art, theatre, film and dance. Two weekend-long festivals. Toronto's Harbourfront Centre to Brantford's Woodland Cultural Centre and all points in between.
It proved to be a spectacle like no other and we are honoured and grateful that you were here to celebrate along with us.
The third installment of Planet IndigenUS once again brought the best and innovative works from Indigenous artists from around the globe. Since its inaugural year in 2004, the festival has strived to develop the growth of new cultural expression, stimulate contemporary Indigenous arts and provide a dynamic, accessible environment for the public to experience these imaginative creations.
Thank you for being a part of our celebration.
Ten visionary days of current global Indigenous culture!
Book-ended by two weekend-long festivals, Harbourfront Centre hosts a citywide celebration – the largest multidisciplinary, contemporary, international Indigenous arts festival in the world. Celebrate the future while honouring our rich cultural past. Highlights of events taking place at Harbourfront Centre include the exciting Celebrating The Crossroads – Opening Night Spectacle, a co-headlining performance by Digging Roots and Kinnie Starr, storyteller, tikanga (protocols) and kapahaka (performing arts) expert Joe Harawira, the North American premiere of Susuriwka - Willow Bridge with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and the Yokohama Noh Theater, a Robbie Robertson Tribute Show featuring Derek Miller and Special Guests, and guitarist Don Ross.
A variety of Planet IndigenUS events will also be hosted by Woodland Cultural Centre. Highlights include visual arts exhibition Earthly Connections by artists Kelly Greene, Shelley Niro and Vince Bomberry, a performance by blues artist Joel Johnson, and The Graffiti Project, a showcase of work by the students of Kawenni:io/Gaweni:yo, a Mohawk and Cayuga immersion school at Six Nations.
Celebration of Nations
. . . we are all from somewhere . . .
For hundreds of years, Indigenous peoples have adapted and survived the effects of colonization and globalization. Now at a crossroad, we have chosen to take the path forward together. Honouring and celebrating our ancestors through the contributions of our languages, histories, spiritualities, teachings, and our creativities all the while our gaze firmly fixed forward to our future generations.
How do we claim our place in this time and beyond?
As we look for ways to preserve our languages, teachings, traditions and lands; we know our worldviews and sense of rootedness can be the way forward in a global community looking for new constructs of citizenship and belonging. Through our contemporary cultural leaders in visual arts, crafts, film, dance, theatre, music, storytelling, and many, other forms we share our visions and voices for a future filled with power and renewal. Planet IndigenUS will evoke a sense of transformation of ideals about Indigenous cultures. The beauty of being Indigenous is to have an identity beyond country, territories and borders. Essential connections to our territories remain unchanged, while our people gather both virtually and physically. As we have done for millennium we will gather together again to create dialogue, exchange and partnership that will foster a sense of renewal for all nations.
Marc Merilainen, Co-Artistic Director
Janis Monture, Co-Artistic Director, Woodland Cultural Centre
William J.S. Boyle
Chief Executive Officer
Director, Community and
Head of Community Events
Head of Administration
Assistant Artistic Associate, Music
Head of Education
Event Production Manager
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Woodland Cultural Centre Staff
Amos Key, Jr.
Jessica F. Hill
P. Angela Monture
Executive Director/Artistic Director
Public Relations Officer
Museum Education Coordinator
Education Extension Officer
Language Administrative Assistant
Special Thanks to our Advisory Committee
Michelle St. John
Chief Bryan LaForme
Cynthia Lickers- Sage
Doug "Plex" Bedard
Special Thanks to our Partners
This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.
Special Thanks to Our Outreach Partners, including Quinte Mohawk School (Tyendinaga), Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Na-Me-Res (Toronto), Chippewas of Rama, Standing Stone School (Oneida), Wasauksing First Nation, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre, Council Fire Native Cultural Centre.
Special thanks to the Mississauga's of The New Credit territory.