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Planet IndigenUS

Thank you.

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.

Browse Events
Busing Updates
In My Own Eyes
Watch Live
Woodland Cultural Centre Events

Woodland Cultural Centre Events

Visit our co-producing partner, Woodland Cultural Centre, in Brantford throughout the 10-day festival for more Planet IndigenUS sounds, sites and tastes.

Robbie Robertson

Off-Site Events

A variety of venues around Toronto will also be hosting special Planet IndigenUS events from August 10-19.

Robbie Robertson

Write Across Ontario Contest

A creative writing competition open to Grade 7 and 8 students. Presented in partnership with Planet IndigenUs, Open Book: Ontario, Authors at Harbourfront Centre and Lit On Tour.

Curatorial Statement

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
Melanie Fernandez

Florencia Berinstein
Rodrigo Fritz
Elizabeth Lubowitz
Marc Merilainen
Mira Coviensky
Jason Jenkins
Tara Brady
Julia Fielding
Lisa Odjig
Candice Jacko
Samantha Jourdain
Georgia Barrington
Andrea Strachan
Kim Trollope
Kim Gravel
Scott Seetoo
Genevieve Peng
Dorothy Szczurek

Chief Executive Officer
Director, Community and
Educational Programmes
Head of Community Events
Project Coordinator
Head of Administration
Co-Artistic Director
Artistic Associate
Artistic Associate
Assistant Artistic Associate, Music
Head of Education
Programme Associate
Administrative Coordinator
Administrative Assistant
Administrative Coordinator
Event Production Manager
Technical Director
Production Coordinator
Production Coordinator
Volunteer Coordinator
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Woodland Cultural Centre Staff

Janis Monture
Naomi Johnson
Amos Key, Jr.
Paula Whitlow
Jessica F. Hill
Joan Greenbird
Tara Froman
Lorrie Gallant
P. Angela Monture
Deb Lickers
Virve Wiland
Chad Hill
William Green

Executive Director/Artistic Director
Artistic Associate
Language Director
Museum Director
Administrative Officer
Public Relations Officer
Museum Education Coordinator
Education Extension Officer
Language Administrative Assistant
Administrative Bookkeeper
Library Technician
Lead Maintenance
Museum Maintenance

Special Thanks to our Advisory Committee

Michelle St. John
Jason Ryle
Chief Bryan LaForme
Alan Corbiere
Dave Jones
Kenn Richard
John Hupfield
Tom Hill
Santee Smith
Cynthia Lickers- Sage
Doug "Plex" Bedard
Candace Wilde

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.

A programme of the complexity and size of this 2012 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff and volunteer teams. We extend our thanks to them all.
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