Future Rivers Arts Incubator for Indigenous Youth

July 15 - August 26, 2021

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 creative writing, contemporary art practice, working with cultural belongings, animating spaces and Indigenous curation practices.  

Session 1 / curator Alex Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow on July 15 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Register here

Session 2 / artist Joi T. Arcand on July 22 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Register here

Session 3 / poet and writer Albert Dumont on August 9 at 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m  Register here

Session 4 / researcher and artist Camille Georgeson-Usher on August 12 at 3 – 4:30 p.m Register here

Session 5 / curator and gallery manager Jessica Kotierk on August 26 at 7:00 p.m – 8:30 p.m Register here

Each of the five sessions will be hosted virtually over Zoom in closed groups of 10 participants and will run for approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. Each session is live captioned. We invite you to register for any, or all, of the 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 Incubator is generously supported by the Reesa Greenberg Digital Initiatives Fund.


Alex Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow is Anishinaabe and Kanien’kehá:ka and a member of Whitefish River First Nation with maternal roots in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory. Born and raised in Ottawa, she currently acts as Associate Curator of Historical Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada. 

Joi T. Arcand is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, currently residing in Ottawa. Her practice includes photography, design and installation. 

Albert Dumont is a writer, activist and volunteer who has published five books of poetry and short stories. In recognition for his work on his ancestral lands (Ottawa and surrounding region), Albert recently received the DreamKEEPERS Citation for Outstanding Leadership. 

Camille Georgeson-Usher is a Coast Salish / Sahtu Dene / Scottish scholar, artist, and writer from Galiano Island, British Columbia. She is currently a PhD candidate at Queen’s University. 

Jessica Kotierk is Manager / Curator of the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She is focused on the care of Inuit artifacts in museum collections. 

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