Talking Stick Festival

Industry Series Agenda


8:00pm – 10:00pm Salt Baby Artistic Programming with Talkback

10:00pm - 12midnight Un-Wined! Meet Up: Hospitality Suite. One-to-One Networking  



8:30am – 9:30am  Registration.

9:30am -11:45pm Traditional Welcome - Situating Ourselves within the Territories Continental breakfast provided. Members of the 3 Host First Nations discuss our relationship to the territories we live and work on. Including Musqueam Nation, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-watuth Nation

11:45am - 12:45pm    Conversations Continured over Catered Lunch

1:00pm - 2:30pm Protocol in the Performing Arts. Panel discussion with Talkback. What protocol does as part of the artistic process and in relation to; performance, touring, audiences and collaborations


1:00pm - 2:30pm Salt Baby. Artistic Programming with Talkback

3:15 - 5:00pm Making Protocol Approachable in the Arts. Discussion: Protocol as a framework for developing respectful engagement, building relationships, and creating collaboration within the performing arts community. Facilitation: Mique’l Dangeli, Git Hayetsk

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Dinner on your own 

7:00 – 9:00pm Directing As A Craft - What Does It Have To With Inequity? Artist Talk. This open dialogue and Artist Talk will address the challenges of cultural and gender equity in the performing arts, as well as the aesthetics of devised theatre and the craft of directing.  

Led by Meena Natarajan, Executive / Literary Director, Pangea World Theater and Dipankar Mukherjee, Artistic Director, Pangea World Theater and Margo Kane, Artistic Managing Director, Full Circle: First Nations Performance


8:00pm-10:00pm From Talking Stick to Microphone. Artistic Programming. One of our most popular events! In Honour of "East Van ghetto poet" Zaccheus Jackson; a selection of this country’s best independent musicians and slam poets going head to head 

10:00pm – 12midnight  Un-Wined! Meet Up: Hospitality Suite. One-to-One Networking   



7:30am - 8:00am Brace Yourself! Early Morning Swim 

8:00am - 9:30am Breakfast on your own

9:30am - 4:30pm Social Change through Theatre and the Politics of Art 

Master Class- Lunch provided 

Social Change through Theatre and the Politics of Art will explore the use of the arts in engendering social change. How do we as artists affect the status quo and impact the world we live in? 

Led by Meena Natarajan, Executive / Literary Director, Pangea World Theater and Dipankar Mukherjee, Artistic Director, Pangea World Theater.


11:00am – 12:00pm Coming to the Fire Visual Arts exhibitionCurated by Sheila Hall and Ray Hartley. Join the curators for an exhibition walk through

12:00pm – 2:00pm Protocol in Visual ArtsDiscussion of protocols as a framework for providing context, informing process and developing respectful engagement in the visual arts. 

Facilitation: France Trépanier, co-chair, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.

5:00pm – 6:00pm  Dinner on your own 

6:00pm - 7:30pm Canada Council Aboriginal Arts Office 20 Year Celebration Reception. Join us to recognize 20 years of the Aboriginal Secretariat with a reception including music, hors d’oeurves and socializing!

8:00pm – 10:00pm Children of God. Artistic Programming with Talkback. Work in development. A new musical by Corey Payette

10:00pm - 12midnight Un-Wined! Meet Up: Hospitality Suite. One-to-One Networking



8:00am-8:30am Centre Yourself: Tai Chi on the Patio 

9:00am - 11:00am Indigenous Touring Network Planning. Continental Breakfast provided. Breakout groups discuss and develop priorities for Monday’s full day gathering.

12noon – 5:00pm Celebration of Powwow CultureCommunity Arts Presentation. Come and explore Powwow culture. Enjoy a brilliant display of traditional and contemporary dance exhibitions featuring dancers ranging in age from toddlers to elders. Join in the inter-tribal dances! It's an interactive event for all ages! The Powwow also includes a variety of vendor exhibits and the sale of arts, crafts, music, contemporary and traditional foods.


12:00pm – 3:00pm Exchange Experience: Validating 500 Years of First Nation History led by Suzanne Keeptwo. This interactive performance piece thrives on the many layered Teachings of the Medicine Wheel in concept, structure, content, and as the facilitator’s/director’s tool.  Audience/Participants learn about sacred teachings and concepts while guided throughout the interactive theatre process.                             


3:45 - 5:45pm      Witnessing Protocol in the Performing Arts: A Different Way to Watch, a Different Way to Listen

Presenters, producers and artists are invited to engage in a dialogue that critically analyses the lens and reception of Indigenous performance

5:45pm - 6:45pm   Dinner on your own           

7:30pm - 9:30pm The Pipeline Project. Artistic Programming with Talkback. Work in development. Canada's Petroleum resources and how we as a nation utilize and transport them may be the most hotly debated issue of our time. Savage Society in partnership with ITSAZOO productions explore this complex topic with the new collective creation, The Pipeline Project.

10:00pm -12midnight Un-Wined! Meet Up: Hospitality Suite. One-to- One Networking



8:00am - 8:45am  Stretch Yourself! Stretch Class on the patio 

8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast on your own

9:15am  Leave on bus to Musqueam Cultural Education Centre 

10:00am - 12:30 pm  Sharing Perspectives 1: Indigenous Touring Network 

12:30 - 1:30pm   Lunch catered  

Coming to the Fire. See a special excerpt presentation of Margo Kane’s new work, Coming to the Fire featuring the Aboriginal Ensemble and community artists from the Downtown East Side.

2:00pm – 5:00pm  Sharing Perspectives 2: Indigenous Touring Network

7:00pm – 8:00pm  Feast catered 

8:00pm – 12midnight   Jazzin’. Artistic Programming. Wrap up the week in the coolest room in town, listening to MUSIC favourites by some of Vancouver’s best.

To purchase your industry pass

Industry Pass

To learn more about each session, visit the Festival Event page. 


-  How much? $50 plus GST& Service Charges. Includes access to all sessions, Talking Stick Festival performances, workshops and catered hospitality Feb 20-23.

-  All participants receive a festival pass that will be valid for all pre-selected shows

-  All transportation is to be self provided unless otherwise stated

-  Most venues are walking distances

-  All meals are to be self provided unless otherwise stated

-  Please fill out applicant form on website for tickets and other logistics

-  Drinks and nibbles available at Un-wined by donation

-  You will need to bring your swimming suits

-  You will need loose, layered clothing for master class workshops

-  Maps, box office #s, key contacts to be added soon, please refer back to website for updates