Talking Treaties

Talking Treaties will be featured as a multi-media installation at The inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, 

Date: Sept. 21 - Nov. 30, 2019.
Monday, Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm, Closed Tuesday
Venue: Small Arms Inspection Building, 1353 Lakeshore Rd. East, Mississauga

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By These Presents: ‘Purchasing’ Toronto
Part of Talking Treaties
Lead Artist: Ange Loft
Produced by Jumblies Theatre & Arts
Commissioned by The Toronto Biennial of Art
Public Opening: Saturday Sept 21. 10AM – 6PM

Join us for special activities as part of this installation:

We can also schedule special workshops for community groups. For more info, contact

Talking Treaties artfully shares local Indigenous history and awareness. Launched in Spring 2015, the project resulted in the Talking Treaties Spectacle, first presented at Toronto’s Historic Fort York in June 2017, and remounted at the same site in October 4-7, 2018. The 2018 performance featured an all Indigenous core acting cast, plus many other artists and community participants as singers and performers, sharing stories of the complex and ongoing treaty history of our city. The Toronto Biennial installation will present 3 short videos filmed around Toronto with the 2018 Talking Treaties cast, a giant map and soft-sculpture pile of goods related to the “Toronto Purchase”; creative response activities; historical background information; and Saturday morning facilitated workshops.

Artists: Talking Treaties is lead and directed by Jumblies Associate Artistic Director, Ange Loft, in collaboration with historian and writer, Victoria Freeman and many other cultural, historical and artistic collaborators.

Participants: Talking Treaties has engaged over 1,000 people of all ages and backgrounds in its creative and educational activities. Talking Treaties Workshops and Presentations are available for booking.  Click here for more information about what we can offer (PDF Link). If you would like to book a workshop or presentation, please contact

Funders: The project has been generously funded from many sources: currently, for the Biennial installation, by the Toronto Biennial itself and Canadian Heritage, as well as through Jumblies operating funds from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

Partners: Talking Treaties has had many supportive partners. Currently these include the Toronto Biennial of Art, Black Creek Pioneer Village and York University.


Media Links


A New Kind of Land Acknowledgement – canadianart


The Whole Note Concert Report: At Fort York, Talking Treaties energizes and engages

Mooney on Theatre review of Talking Treaties Spectacle

Inside Looking In review of Talking Treaties Spectacle

My Entertainment World review of Treaties Spectacle at Fort York

Ontario Presents Spotlight On: Ange Loft


Talking Treaties in Canadian Art Magazine

Mooney on Theatre review of Talking Treaties Spectacle

New Canadian Life radio interview with Ange Loft

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation “Indigenous Voices on Treaties” interview with Ange Loft


2018 Talking Treaties Spectacle Team

Ange Loft: Lead Artist, Co-writer, Designer, Director
Victoria Freeman: Historian & Co-writer
Melody McKiver: Composer
Alaska B: Composer
Rosary Spence: Composer
Brandon Valdivia: Composer
Arie van de Ven Verheul: Composer
Sonja Rainey: Puppet, Prop & Scenic Designer
Marianne Alas: Costume Designer & Maker
Kaia’tanoron Dumoulin: Banner Artwork
Alice Norton: Wigs
Turtle Quilt: Designed by Philip Cote & Rhonda Lucy & sewn, embroidered and beaded by Marianne Alas with the participation of many other hands.

Cast for October 2018 Performance:
Jill Carter: Actor (Molly Brant)
Jesse Wabegijig: Actor (William Brant)
Brendan Austin: Actor (City People)
Jamie Oshkabewisens: Actor (City People)
Pesch Nepoose: Actor (City People)
Ashley Riley: Actor (City People)
Kitsuné Soleil: Actor (City People)
Candy Blair: Actor (Beaver)
Theresa Cutknife: Actor (Britannia)

Community Performance Troupe:
Lisa Amerongen, Simon Black, Margaret Bojin, Jenn Boulay, Em Farquhar-Barrie, Amber Cordick, Ken Harrower, Rimah Jabr, Isabella Lyne, Janis Proctor, Melissa Burgess, Lily Rovillos, Marlene Sheehan-Carey, Bernadette Shuman, Natalija Spasic, Tijana Spasic, Jordan Tzouhas, Gehan Udayanga, Herold van de Ven

Daev Clysdale, Alejandra Nunez, Arie van de Ven Verheul

The Gather Round Singers:
Director: Shifra Cooper
Accompanist: Daev Clysdale
Singers: Rakefet Arieli ,Simon Black, Margaret Bojin, Jenn Boulay, Melissa Burgess, Vivian Chong, Sam Egan, Kaia’tanoron Dumoulin, Jon Field, Cindy Yucong Kant, Ken Harrower, Harshi Hemachandra, Mika Howard, Ruth Howard, Hodan Ibrahim, Sandra Kanagasabai, Erin Yilian Kang, Shelley La Hay, Sajeda Manzoor, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Daphne Morgan, Mario Pietrantoni, Janis Proctor, Vivian Quing Wei, Reese de Rege, Ashley Riley, Lily Rovillos, Liz Rucker, Shifra Saltzman, Marlene Sheehan-Carey, Bernadette Shuman, Tijana Spasic, Tasmeen Syed, Julia Tribe, Gehan Udayanga, Herold van de Ven

Production Team
Producer: Rachel Penny
Production Stage Manager: Sasha Tate-Howarth
Technical Director: Steafan Hannigan
Assistant Stage Manager: Iehente Foote
Outreach Coordinator & Directing Assistant: Tijana Spasic
Technical Assistant: Lochlan Cox
Production Assistants: Isabella Lyne, Julia Vodarek Hunter
Accessibility Team: Liz Rucker, Michael Burtt, Julia Tribe, Mika Howard,
Shifra Saltzman
Graphic Design & Media Artist: Adrienne Marcus Raja
Food Coordinator: Marianne Alas
Publicity: Damien Nelson, Want & Able Arts Consulting
Documentation: Adrienne Marcus Raja, Mark Fawcett
Production Mentor: Ruth Howard


2017 Talking Treaties Spectacle Original Artist Team

Ange Loft: Lead Artist, Director, Co-Writer
Victoria Freeman: Historical Researcher, Co-Writer
Jill Carter: Researcher and Actor
Lilia Leon: Choreographer, Interviewer
Brian Solomon: Choreographer
Melody McKiver: Composer, Musician (viola)
Rosary Spence: Songwriter
Brian Valdivia: Composer
Johnny Spence: Musician (accordion), Composer
Marianne Alas: Costume Designer/Coordinator
Sonja Rainey: Set and Props Designer
Parker Dirks: Assistant Designer
Julia Hune Brown: Dance Coordinator, Interviewer
Kelly King: Research & Making Assistant
Jesse Wabegijig: Actor
Kitsune Soleil: Actor
Ashley Riley: Actor
Rosina Kazi: Actor, Interviewer, Audio Artist
Candy Blair: Actor
Tomas Cavalheiro-Chin: Actor
Nikki Shaffeellah: Actor
Karis Jones Pard: Actor
Jackie Omstead: Community Programming Coordinator
Sasha Tate Howarth: Production Stage Manager
Steafan Hannigan: Technical Director
Iehente Foote: Assistant Stage Manager
Alaska B: Audio Engineer, Audio Artist
Adrienne Marcus Raja: Documenter, Audio Artist
Liam Coo: Photographer
Sofia Bohdanowicz: Videographer
Mindy Stricke: Interviewer
and many other artists and community members..

Contributing Groups:

Black Creek Pioneer Village, Centre for Indigenous Theatre, First Story Toronto, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, York University, Glendon College, George Brown College, Evergreen Brick Works, The AMY Project, Train of Thought Toronto and Kingston, Children’s Peace Theatre, Neighbourhood Arts Network, SKETCH’s Courage Lab, Tities Wîcinímintôwak/Bluejays Dancing Together Arts Collective, OASIS Alternative School, Osgoode Law School, OCADU, participants at The Ground Floor and in Artfare Essentials, and others.


First Story Toronto, Historic Fort York, Nagamo Collective, Children’s Peace Theatre, Lost Rivers and others.

Special acknowledgement to the knowledgeable individuals who contributed original interviews and historical research: Keith Jamieson, Carolyn King, Hayden King, Max King, Bryan Laforme, Stacey Laforme, Bonita Lawrence, Lee Maracle, David Miller, Duke Redbird, Ed Sackanay, Garry Sault, Margaret Sault, Zachary Smith, Rebeka Tabobodung, Jessie Thistle, Nathan Tidridge, Andrew Wesley, Darin Wybenga


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