Istotsi Workshop Series

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The Istotsi Workshop Series brings together young and emerging artists of all backgrounds to learn various indigenous and artistic processes from Making Treaty 7 Elders, Alumni and special guests.









Every MT7 show has been created by artists from all cultures coming together to share, listen and learn, and then create together. Our process is Indigenous led, settler supported, and it has been transformational for artists and audiences alike. With “istotsi” at the root of what we do in this project, we will always be looking at how we learn from experience. We grow an awareness of what we take away when we immerse ourselves in new artistic practices and how we can apply new knowledge to create something truly immersive and transformational for our audiences. We want them to walk away with new knowledge in the same way that we do.

Participants will be challenged to use what they have learned in these workshops to create a short performance piece of their own by filtering the stories of the Elders through the artistic practices of their choice, to be presented at the end of the workshop process.  Istotsi participants will be asked to add their own real truths to each piece, providing authentic interpretations and a modern context of both our Treaty and our relationship to this land we call Mohkinstsis.

The Istotsi Workshop Series provides MT7 with the opportunity to recruit, train, and empower a larger roster of young, fresh, Indigenous performers, designers and creators for our stage. At the same time, we invite young and emerging artists from the settler and new comer communities to participate, learn, and expand our circle of allies with interest in Indigenous culture and practice.

Watch the interviews & workshops featuring our MT7 Alumni Artists from Istotsi 2021 on our Facebook page!