I-talks

I-talks

I-talks

I-talks is part of the Art Connects Program which is under the umbrella of ArtwroxTO.

Art Connects is a series of workshops, art installations, talks and tours that aims to connect the local North York Community with both the environment and the history of the land that we live, work and play on.

NOTE: This series of workshops taking place September 28, October 12, October 26, and November 16th, are open to the public who have the interest to learn Indigenous Knowledge from Indigenous Elders, Educators and Time Keepers. Please note that if spots are limited priority will be given to North York residents.

Keep scrolling to learn more and click the button below to sign up!

Moon and Water Teachings

With Grandmother Reneé Thomas-Hill

Date: Tuesday, October 26th

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Grandmother Renee was born into the Haudenosaunee Confederacy of the Grand River Territory; She honours her lineage, Mother- Cayuga Bear & that of her Father Mohawk Turtle; As a Haudenosaunee woman, her role in life is a Carrier of our Heritage; Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother & auntie to many; Educator, Historian, Lecturer/Teacher, Wisdom Keeper; Cultural Consultant

Grandmother Reneé Thomas-Hill

Mohawk Nation Turtle Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

The Spirit World

With Lindsey Lickers

Date: Tuesday, November 16th

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Lindsey Lickers is a Haudenosaunee/ Anishinaabe multi-media artist, arts facilitator, and program developer originally from Six Nations of the Grand River with ancestral roots to the Mississaugas of the Credit. Her traditional name is ‘Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe’, which translates to ‘Medicine Water Woman’ and she is of the turtle clan. Recently, she was awarded a commission to create a permanent public installation for the Region of Waterloo’s light rail transit system that will speak to the historical stewardship of the land base of Waterloo and the importance of agriculture from a First Nations perspective.

Lindsey Lickers

Multi-media Artist, Arts Facilitator and Program Developer

Healing with the Land

With Veronica Johnny

Date: Tuesday, October 12th

Time: 5:00 pm  to 6:30 pm

North York Arts & IndigenEd (Indigenous Education for all) present Connect to Nature – an Eco-Art Workshop with Veronica Johnny.

Veronica Johnny is a Cree-Métis, multidisciplinary, two-spirit artist from the Northwest Territories. A hand drummer and rock singer, she’s also a songwriter, visual artist and writer. Veronica facilitates culturally-informed arts-education workshops, with a matriarchal lens, and focuses her creative energies on natural healing modalities.

This workshop includes talking about the land we are on; connecting with the earth and water; an eco-art activity and a drum song performance

Veronica Johnny

Workshop Facilitator, Indigenous Woman Entrepreneur, @IndigenEd

Sacred Medicines in Times of Healing

With Elizabeth Akiwenzie

Date: Tuesday, September 28th

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Nististange we (understanding women)
Anishabek moswin. Her Oneida name is Dayyayutdoladoe – Haudenosaunee from turtle clan from her mother’s Nation.

Liz Akiwenzie
Cultural Educator/ Knowledge Keeper
Ojibway and Oneida

She has been working in the helping field for almost 40 years. She has a Social worker background, she is a ceremonial person, Lodge conductor, cultural Educator for educators and caregivers, Cultural knowledge keeper for Native Communities, Healer and medicine person.

Elizabeth Akiwenzie

Cultural Educator/ Knowledge Keeper Ojibway and Oneida

More Art Connects Programs 

About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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Art Connects

Art Connects

Art Connects

Art connects is an ongoing initiative that started in 2019 to address North York Arts’ role in Truth and Reconciliation. As we build programs, partnerships, and relationships, we continues to ask ourselves “As a non-Indigenous organization, what can we do to support the process of decolonization and build right relations with Indigenous communities?”

See below to learn more about our past, current, and upcoming programs as part of Art Connects!

Art Connects 2021 – 2022

As a continuation of NYA’s 2019 training program, we are focusing on projects that aim to connect the local North York community with the environment and history of the land in which it lives, works, and plays on. A series of Indigenous and non-Indigenous research tools and community workshops will inform a public art installation created by Haudenosaunee/ Anishinaabe multi-media artist, Lindsey Lickers.

Lead Artist

Lindsey Lickers
‘Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe’

Art Connects Programs

Art Connects 2019 – 2020

Art Connects began as a cultural competency training program for NYA Staff board, and community partners. The program addressed how North York Arts can better incorporate/adapt to some of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The program was done in two phases:

1. A series of consultations between NYA staff and board, an Elder and Indigenous leaders

2. Community conferences with other arts organizations to share NYA’s findings and discuss our role as a sector.

Program Consultants :

Elder Joanne Dellaire

Veronica Johnny

Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone

  1. Sep 2019NYA received funds from the Government of Canada’s Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anit-Rascism Initatives Program
  2. Oct 2019NYA staff have their first consultation with Elder Joanne and Indigenous leaders Veronica and Aqua.
  3. Dec 2019NYA staff have their second consultation to discuss action steps
  4. Jan 2020NYA board meets with Elder Joanne to discuss the role of the board in making change
  5. Jan 2020 NYA hosts a community Consultation with our sister Local Arts Service Organizations (LASO)
  6. Feb 2020NYA partners with PAONE to host a second community consultation
  7. Apr 2020NYA Staff participate in Medicine Wheel teaching
  8. May 2020Program evaluation by Maria Montejo

Art Connects Outcomes: 

  • An organizational commitment to authenticity, education, and balance
  • Development of a new land acknowledgment 
  • Received funds to develop our Art Connects Public Art Project
  • Plans to write an environmental policy
  • Shared knowledge and understanding within the arts sector
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About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

Downsview Hub Programs

Downsview Hub Programs

Downsview Hub Programs

North York Arts is a proud partner of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art!

The program celebrates Toronto’s incredible collection of public art and the artists behind it, while creating more opportunities for the public to connect and engage with the work.

NYA has curated a series of activities – taking place at Downsview Hub, Downsview Park, and online –  that engage with people of all ages starting March 2022! In response to Year of Public Art’s theme of the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action, we will be celebrating our connection with the land we inhabit as settlers and share with Indigenous Peoples. Our free public programs will centre on the land and have a focus on environmentalism.

Our programming includes an upcycling collaborative art exhibition called “We CAN do it” Pow-Wow dance lessons, “African Beats” cardio-fitness program, kite-making spoken word for youth, beading, public art tours and so much more. Stay tuned for more details to come.

We can’t wait to see you all at the Downsview Hub and Downsview Park!

Click here for more information about ArtworxTO.

Local Discoveries

All six of Toronto’s Local Arts Service Organizations (LASOs) are participating in ArtworxTO! Together, our programs are called “Local Discoveries.Click here to explore Local Discoveries Programs!

NYA’s ArtworxTO programs

About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network