Talking Treaties

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Talking Treaties is a participatory multi-arts project, with the goal of artfully sharing local Indigenous knowledge and awareness. Launched in Spring 2015, through a collaboration between Jumblies Theatre, Nagamo Collective and First Story Toronto (based at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto).

Talking Treaties is moving into a production phase as part of Jumblies’ Touching Ground Festival, culminating at the 2017 Indigenous Arts Festival at Historic Fort York, with an Interactive Installation (June 21-23) and a Community Performance (June 23 & 25).

Stay tuned to our website for details on upcoming workshops, activities and ways to get involved, starting up from Feb. to April:

    Talking Treaties Movement and Dance with choreographers Lilia Leon, Aria Evans and Brian Solomon
    Talking Treaties Production Arts helping to make costumes and props
    Talking Treaties at the Ground Floor Choir new compositions by Melody McKiver and Rosary Spence and Iroquois social songs
    Guest speakers and Presentations on local Indigenous culture and history
    Talking Treaties Movement and Dance with choreographers Lilia Leon, Aria Evans and Brian Solomon
    Other activities and events at The Ground Floor and Evergreen Brick Works in the new year, and as part of The Touching Ground Festival of new works, May and June 2017

The first stage (March 2015 to June 2015) involved archival research, oral history interviews, intensive creative explorations with local residents and national community artists on the Train of Thought, a four-part interactive audio gallery, new music, and a culminating event – Talking Toronto Treaties – held at George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus, on June 26, 2015.

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The second stage (Sept. 2015 to June 2016) involved hand on workshops with community groups and university classes to explore the historical and audio material; conference presentations; installation of the audio gallery at the Native Canadian Centre, York University and Evergreen Brickworks; creation and performance of a short interactive piece entitled ‘Territorial Delicacies’ performed beside the Humber River and on Tabour Hill. At the Ground Floor, Talking Treaties has become a regular feature at the weekly art making drop ins, exploring the research through found poetry, cardboard miniatures, and improvisational experiments with symbols, meaning and interpretation. Intensive creative explorations with a team of researchers and artists was held from June 3 to 19, bringing the work to the current production phase through movement and narrative work at The Ground Floor, Historic Fort York and the Evergreen Brickworks.

Talking Treaties will be part of the Touching Ground Festival at Fort York, May & June 2017! Stay tuned for details about all workshops and activities leading up to the festival.

The production phase (February 2017 to June 2017) will bring together a diverse group of artists and community partners to develop distinct aspects of the production. Beginning in May, the workshops will become performance rehearsals, involving diverse community participants in preparing and performing scripted text and audience interactivity. The workshops and rehearsals are open to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds interested in sharing Treaty awareness with a Toronto public. This project strives to expand meaning, knowledge, and personal relationships to encompass the historical and contemporary responsibilities we share.

Talking Treaties Artist Team

Ange Loft Lead, Artist/Direction/Script
Victoria Freeman, Research Lead and Script
Jill Carter, Artist Researcher and Script
Ruth Howard, Artistic and Production Mentor
Laura-Lee Lewis, Artist Researcher and Performer
Jesse Wabegijig, Artist Researcher and Performer
Rhonda Lucy, Artist Researcher and Performer
Bianca Morgan, Artist Researcher and Performer
Kelly King, Artist Researcher and Performer
Sonja Rainey, Set Designer
Jackie Omstead, Community Programming Coordinator
Parker Dirks, Fabric and Construction Artist
Marianne Alas, Costume and Fabric Artist
Lilia Leon, Choreographer
Brian Solomon, Choreographer
Aria Evans, Choreographer
Julia Hune Brown, Dance Coordinator and Performer
Sasha Tate Howarth, Stage and Production Manager
Iehente Foot, Assistant Stage Manager and Performer
Melody McKiver, Composer
Martin Van de Van, Composer,
Musician Ari Van de Van, Musician
Rosary Spence, Singer – Songwriter
Rosina Kazi and Nik Murray, Contributing Musicians
Adrienne Marcus Raja, Audio Engineer and Documenter
Alaska B, Electronic Composition and Audio Engineer
and others TBA


First Story Toronto, Evergreen Brick Works, Historic Fort York and others.

Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council 
Ontario 150
Toronto Foundation
Metcalf Foundation 
J.P. Bickell Foundation
InSpirit Foundation
Ontario Trillium Foundation 
First Story
Historic Fort York