Intertribal Gathering

About Intertribal Gathering

IPAA’s Intertribal Gathering travels to different communities each year, featuring local artists in Indigenous performance showcases, spotlighting Indigenous leaders in the region and encouraging national artistic leaders to connect with the work emerging across Turtle Island (North America). The Gathering will feature showcase performances by some of Canada’s top Indigenous theatre, dance, and musical performers.

Group Photo
IPAA co-hosting international Indigenous gathering. Photo Credit: Michelle-Olson.

#ITG23 – Kjipuktuk (Halifax)

Mark your calendars!

Intertribal Gathering returns in-person on May 10-12, 2023, in beautiful Kjipuktuk, (also known as Halifax).

Kjipuktuk is the Mi’kmaw word for Halifax and loosely translates to “The Great Harbour.” Halifax has been home to the Mi’kmaw people for centuries and we are grateful they are hosting #ITG23 on their territory this Spring.

ITG23 will bring together Indigenous arts-makers and allies to Kjipuktuk for three days of sector-focused discussions, networking, performances, and of course, lobster.

ITG23 will follow the Open Space, non-hierarchical conference model. This means that attendees will have the opportunity to set the discussion topics for the conference. Attendees are encouraged to submit discussion themes as part of the registration process, and these themes will help guide the discussions.

ITG23’s themes are:

Making Good Medicine: How can we as artists and arts professionals come together after 3 years apart, and how can we take care of our mental and physical health going forward?

Building a Stronger Sector: What does the performing arts sector look like after it was completely upended by the pandemic? How do we build a better, more sustainable sector?

ITG23 will also feature showcase performances by some of Canada’s top Indigenous theatre, dance, and musical performers.

IPAA recognizes the generous contributions of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council & The Toronto Arts Council

Registration Info


Wednesday May 10, Thursday, May 11, Friday, May 12, 2023 

  • Programming will begin at mid-afternoon on May 10, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early or the day before.  
  • Programming will conclude the evening of May 12. 

Registration Process:

Click here to register. Once you have done so, return to this web page to pay your registration fee (if applicable. Then, click the hotel link above to book your hotel, and book your own flight.


Rooms are available at Hotel Halifax at a discounted rate ($164/night) until April 14, 2023 

Click here to book now 


Attendees are responsible for their own travel to and from Halifax


Meals included: Lunch each day, Breakfast Thursday & Friday, Dinner Wednesday & Friday 


IPAA Members Indigenous Artists, and Indigenous Organizations: Free 

Ally organizations, non-Indigenous Artists & non-members: $225 


Once you have registered, click the PayPal Link below to pay your registration fees. Please check ‘Ship to Billing Address’. We will not actually be shipping anything.

As a reminder, registration is free for IPAA Indigenous Artist Members and IPAA Indigenous Organization members.

Call for Gathering Hosts!

IPAA’s Intertribal Gathering travels to different communities every two years.

If you manage a venue or facility and would like to host the next gathering in your community please let us know by emailing

Sharon Shorty and Harlan Pruden at the Da Kų Cultural Centre, as part of Intertribal Gathering 2018. Photo Credit: Miquel-Dangeli.

Past Intertribal Gathering Host Cities

2013 Ontario Showcase at Cahoots Theatre, Toronto

2014 Prairie Showcase at La Cite, in collaboration with Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, Saskatoon, SK

2015 Indigenous Language Showcase at Native Earth Performing Arts in collaboration with Aluna Theatre, Toronto

2016 Northwestern Showcase at Da Kų Cultural Centre in collaboration with Aboriginal Curatorial Collective in Haines Junction and Whitehorse, Yukon

2018 Urban and Rural Arts Showcase at Aanmitaagzi (The Big Medicine Studio) in North Bay, ON

2021 Intertribal Gathering, Online Edition

2022 Coming soon!

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Nyla Carpentier performing at the 2018 Intertribal gathering. Photo Credit: Mique’l Dangeli.

Last Year’s Intertribal Gathering Highlights

March 17 – MUSIC Showcase

  • IPAA Launches Tech Bundles program
  • Showcase: Brothers Wilde – Emerging Artist
  • Community Consultation: Visioning the Future of Indigenous Arts Leaders
  • Artist Talk w/ Beatrice Deer

March 24 – DANCE Showcase

  • Presentation on the Northern Presenters Network
  • Workshop: Virtual Touring for artists and arts managers
  • Showcase: Dakhka Khwaan Dancers
  • Artist Talk w/ Marilyn Jensen
  • Showcase Event – Raven Spirit Dance
  • Artist Talk w/ Raven Spirit
  • Presentation from La Danse Sur Les Routes du Quebec

March 31 – THEATRE Showcase

  • Showcase Event – Bears by Matthew MacKenzie
  • Artist Talk w/ Matthew MacKenzie
  • Presentation from Kevin Loring on Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Center
  • Workshop: Funders update on COVID-19 Strategies
  • Showcase: Gwaandak Theatre Performance Video
  • Artist Talk w/ Colin Wolf of Gwaandak Theatre

A huge thank you to G.R. Gritt for hosting the 2021 online edition of the Intertribal Gathering! Check out their music at: