YPT is researching, designing, and implementing a program of community engagement with newcomers and Indigenous peoples through a lens of cultural exchange and reconciliation. To begin this program, all YPT staff have taken part in a series of workshops that immersed them in Indigenous culture. Designed by YPT Community Engagement Facilitator Lindy Kinoshameg and Artist Educator Leslie McCue, the INDIGENizeUS program encompasses a series of learning sessions, centered on the Seven Grandfather Teachings of the first peoples of Turtle Island.
Learn more about the Seven Grandfather Teachings, INDIGENizeUS Workshops, Land Acknowledgements and YPT’s Indigenous programming at the links below.
We Are All Treaty People – On the YPT Mainstage Feb. 11-22, 2019
We Are All Treaty People
A Forum, featuring Dr. Duke Redbird – Feb. 13, 2019
Led by Artist Educators Lindy Kinoshameg from Wikwemikoong Unceded First Nation and Leslie McCue from Curve Lake First Nation, participants will explore the Indigenous tradition of oral storytelling, including its history, as well as how art, movement and dance help weave the tales told. Winter term begins Downtown on February 2, 2019. Register here.
YPT Lobby Mural
We are honoured to have 7th Generation Image Makers create a new mural for the YPT lobby! Here is a sneak peek at their work, which illustrates the Seven Grandfathers through their associated clans/animals. Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at their design concept and painting process.
The Artists: Renae Deneschezhe, Jacob Henry, Taylor Cameron, Deshaun Whyte and Nishina Shapwaykeesic-Loft. Photos by 7th Generation Image Makers.
“INDIGENizeUS helped YPT staff develop a deeper understanding and how that relationship with Indigenous peoples has grown, and where it should grow into the future.
We must trust in our knowledge, our teachings, and most importantly in ourselves to move forward with that relationship into the future.”
– Lindy Kinoshameg, YPT Community Engagement Facilitator
A proud Odawa from the Pike clan, Lindy was raised in Wiikwemkoong Unceeded First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Lindy has spent the last 10 years in Toronto, focusing his energy on Indigenous cultural awareness and breaking stereotypes through the arts. Always striving to practice new art-forms, this has led to a multitude of experiences: Visual arts projects, Healthy Living Program Coordinator, and Indigenous Radio Program Host, working his way up to Production Tour Manager and Event Coordinator, Indigenous Dance and cultural workshop facilitation. Lindy is now involved with Young People’s Theatre as Community Engagement Facilitator, in part to his strong belief and push towards incorporating Indigenous values and teachings into his practice, and sharing his knowledge with others.
Leslie is a proud member of the Mississaugas of Curve Lake First Nation. Leslie is an arts administrator, artist, performer and educator who is dedicated to raising cultural awareness, while supporting community any way she can. Her work is driven by her past, passion to educate and the motivation to empower others. Leslie is the Administrator for Chocolate Woman Collective, the Coordinator for the Royal Ontario Museum Youth Cabinet, an Indigenous Knowledge Resource Teacher and both a Resident Artist Educator and Drama School Teacher for Young People’s Theatre. Recent projects include: Artistic Curation for the Indigenous Arts Festival at the Historic Fort York and The Children’s Garden for WeeFestival; General Manager for (The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts) ANDPVA, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and Paprika Festival; worked for Toronto’s Indigenous Fashion Week and Nuit Blanche, while always finding time for family and friends. Leslie has been asked to perform and speak at many venues across North America and Europe. Some highlights include: The Vancouver Winter Olympics Athletes Village and Pavillions (British Columbia), Museum of Civilization (Quebec), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Holland) and Juno Beach Museum (France).