Intertribal Gathering

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


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.

Upcoming Intertribal Gathering – Spring 2023

We’re coming to Halifax, Nova Scotia!

Plans are in the works for the 2023 Intertribal Gathering.

More information to come soon.

Call for Intertribal Gathering Hosts 2024!

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 let us know by emailing or call 647.285.2696.

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: