Canada Council for the Arts Indigenous Cultural Residency

Date Posted: Jun 07, 2017
Application Deadline: Sep 08, 2017
Start Date: Sep 18, 2017

Salary: 60,000
Province: Ontario
Region: Ottawa Area
City: Ottawa
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Term: Paid Internship
Career Level: Doesn’t apply

Organization Description

National Arts Centre

The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country.

A home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams – the NAC Orchestra, English Theatre, French Theatre and Dance, as well as the Scene festivals and NAC Presents, which showcase established and emerging Canadian artists.

The organization is at the forefront of youth and educational activities, offering artist training, programs for children and youth, and resources for teachers in communities across Canada.

The NAC is also a pioneer in new media, using technology to teach students and young artists around the globe, by creating top-rated podcasts, and providing a wide range of NAC Orchestra concerts on demand.

The NAC is the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada, and one of the largest in the world.

Job Description

Program Description

This partnership initiative between the Canada Council for the Arts and Canada’s National Arts Centre provides a 2-year (September 2017 – September 2019) development opportunity for an Indigenous performing artist, arts educator and/or arts professional to work in a dynamic multi-disciplinary national performing arts centre.

The residency provides an opportunity for the incumbent to advise and help shape national strategies in Indigenous performing arts programming and education.  Working alongside National Arts Centre staff, the incumbent will have the opportunity to develop, implement and evaluate programs that will engage Indigenous artists and communities across the country. 

The National Arts Centre’s national music education program – Music Alive – works with over 40 Indigenous artists in rural communities in Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba and, will be expanding to include four more provinces in Atlantic Canada.  In July 2017, an Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre will be named and in July 2019, the first season of Indigenous Theatre will be launched.  Also in July 2017, the NAC will unveil its new public spaces and plans are underway to offer programming, including Indigenous programming, in these new spaces.

In addition to working on these major initiatives, the cultural resident will be called upon for advice about Indigenous protocols and innovative strategies to educate NAC staff and audiences about Indigenous cultures in Canada so as to help create a welcoming and inclusive environment where Indigenous artists can flourish.

The incumbent will report to the National Arts Centre’s Director of Music Education and Community Engagement.

Open to Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis people) performing artists and arts professionals who have past experience and/or education that demonstrate their commitment to furthering the performing arts in Canada.

The cultural resident must be a Canadian citizen, eligible for Canadian citizenship or a permanent resident of Canada.

Period of tenure
The cultural residency will begin on Monday, September 18, 2017.  There will be a three month initial period, at the completion of which the National Arts Centre’s supervisor of the resident, in concert with the National Arts Centre’s review committee, will determine whether to confirm the complete 2-year residency period.

At the end of the 2-year curatorial residency, both the resident and the supervisor will make written assessments of the experience and recommendations to the National Arts Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Assessment of Applications
An assessment committee comprised of Canada Council for the Arts and National Arts Centre staff will conduct interviews.  The National Arts Centre will make a final determination on the selection.
The deliberations of the assessment and review committees remain confidential.

Each application will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
• Demonstrated commitment by individual to the long-term development of indigenous performing arts and arts education, including an outline of achievements.  This will include a full curriculum vitae, a letter of interest, examples of finished work (pdf or Word format only), and three letters of recommendation.
• Knowledge of Indigenous performing arts and artists, both national and international, is required.
• A working knowledge of English and French is desirable.

How to Apply:

Applicants are required to complete and submit an application form, which is available from the National Arts Centre’s website at, with the required support material.

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