Future Rivers 2.0 Arts Incubator for Indigenous Youth

June 22 - August 3, 2023

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Share in and learn from the experiences and creative work of Indigenous artists and cultural workers!

Are you a First Nations, Inuit or Métis youth (student or young adult) who is interested in the arts and in learning from Indigenous arts professionals? If yes, CUAG invites you to join the free Future Rivers Incubator!

The Incubator connects you with Indigenous artists and cultural workers, who will  share their experiences and creative practices in small, closed  virtual meetups. You will receive a $100 honorarium  for each session you attend.

Looking to how rivers and waterways connected Indigenous peoples to lands, each other and the non-human, the Incubator is inspired by the continuous movement of Indigenous creativity, from the bush to the gas bar to the treeline and beyond.

We will gather online and explore the transformative realm of possibility that can happen through contemporary art practice, working with cultural belongings, animating spaces and Indigenous curation practices.

Each of the five sessions will be hosted virtually over Zoom in closed groups of 10 participants and will run for approximately 1.5 hours. We invite you to register for any or all, of the sessions. Please see below for the list of sessions.

This incubator is organized and led by Danielle Printup (Onondaga/Algonquin), a curator and arts administrator from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email her. 

The Future Rivers 2.0 Arts Incubator is generously supported by the Reesa Greenberg Digital Initiatives Fund. 

Session 1 / 22 June, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. /  with cultural producer Franchesca Hebert Spence Register here

Session 2 / 6 July, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. / with artist Jobena Petonoquot Register here

Session 3 / 20 July, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. / with artist Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona Register here 

Session 4 / 27 July , 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. / with artist and educator Simon BrascoupéRegister here 

Session 5 / 3 August, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. / with anthropologist, researcher, curator and maker Krista Ulujuk Zawadski Register here


Franchesca Hebert Spence is a MFA candidate at the University of Winnipeg, in the Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies stream. She has a BFA in ceramics from Ishkabatens Waasa Gaa Inaabateg, Brandon University Visual and Aboriginal Arts program. Hebert-Spence’s grandmother was from Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba, and her research focuses on identity both as an indigenous woman and a feminist. Kinship is a common theme within her projects, and those responsibilities direct the engagement she maintains within her community. 

Jobena Petonoquot is of Algonquin ancestry from Kitigan Zibi, Quebec. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Fibres and Material Practices at Concordia University. Flowing primarily from the teachings of her maternal grandfather of Anishinaabe and Irish descent, Jobena Petonoquot’s practice emphasizes resilience and pride in her Aboriginal identity as well as the defence of traditional values. Through beadwork technique and photography, she creates narrative works that take a critical and sensitive look at Canada’s colonial history, as well as highlighting the beauty of her culture and her love of the land.    

Simon Brascoupé is a Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg artist living in Algonquin territory here in Ottawa. He has completed many public art projects, including Algonquin Birch Bark Basket at Place Abinan in Gatineau, a large mural for the Heart Institute in Ottawa, and a mural for the Ojigkwanong Indigenous Student Centre at Carleton University. 

Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona is an Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist who creates ceramics, prints, graphic art, wall hangings, knitwear and more. Kabloona’s work is inspired by the art of her grandmother, Victoria Mamnguqsualuk, and the colours and bold shapes of her great-grandmother Jessie Oonark’s work. She often incorporates traditional Inuit stories told through a contemporary feminist lens. 

Krista Ulujuk Zawadski is from Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet), NU. She is an Inuk anthropologist, researcher, independent curator and maker. She holds a master’s degree in anthropology from UBC and is currently a PhD Candidate at Carleton University. Through her doctoral studies, Krista has embarked on beading revitalization work in her community.