For Imme­di­ate Release

Part of the 20th Anniversary of the TALKING STICK FESTIVAL Season of Four Fires


June 1 – July 1, 2021

NOW ONLINE (start­ing June 1) at

(most events free of charge)

For the 20th Anniver­sary of the Talk­ing Stick Fes­ti­val in 2021, Full Cir­cle: First Nations Per­for­mance calls to the Four Direc­tions and All Our Rela­tions to gath­er around Four Fires in each sea­son: win­ter, spring, sum­mer, and fall. The anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tion began ear­li­er this year with The Win­ter Lodge: Sit­ting with our Ances­tors – per­for­mances and teach­ings pre­sent­ed online from Feb­ru­ary 18–27, 2021. Spring Awak­en­ing fol­lowed, offer­ing A Plant Walk, con­cert, cabaret and Indus­try Series work­shops and ses­sions, from April 29 – May 1.

 NOW ONLINE FROM June 1 – July 1:Talk­ing Stick invites you to into the bright light of SUMMER SOJOURN. In store is a boun­ti­ful cel­e­bra­tion of Indige­nous per­for­mance, art and cul­ture online. Full details are rolling out for a month-long sched­ule of con­certs, dance per­for­mances, exhi­bi­tions, read­ings, the­atri­cal pre­sen­ta­tions, pow­er­ful sto­ry­telling, dis­cus­sions, film and eclec­tic co-pre­sen­ta­tions — as well as some unique and unex­pect­ed experiences.

Sum­mer Sojourn includes orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming as well as co-pre­sen­ta­tions and col­lab­o­ra­tions with a wide range of pre­em­i­nent Indige­nous orga­ni­za­tions, fes­ti­vals and events across the country.

It starts with a wel­com­ing Canoe Gath­er­ings with Squamish Nation Elder, S7aplek Bob Bak­er.

Begin­ning June 3, the remark­able Indige­nous Cities sto­ry­telling series joins the fes­ti­val cal­en­dar a co-pre­sen­ta­tion with the NAC Indige­nous The­atre and Sav­age Society.

On now until June 7, choose from 35 works by Indige­nous cre­ators and film­mak­ers at the

Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival (ticketed).

On June 15 at 7pm, see three stel­lar Indige­nous dance artists Chris­tine Fri­day, Mau­ra Gar­cía and Rebec­ca Sad­ows­ki per­form as part of Danc­ing With Our Ances­tors (free).

TSF part­ners with West­ern Gold The­atre for two pre­sen­ta­tions in June: in a June 16 pod­cast, acclaimed author Lee Mar­a­cle and her two daugh­ters read from their col­lab­o­ra­tive book of poet­ry, Hope Mat­ters.

On June 25 comes Hitch­hik­ers at Home! – sto­ries, music and laugh­ter from Jamie Thom­son (Hai­da) and Den­nis Joseph (Squamish).

Watch per­for­mances from the Yukon’s Adä­ka Cul­tur­al Fes­ti­val (Wel­com­ing June 8, select pro­gram­ming June 25–28); the Sum­mer Sol­stice Indige­nous Music Awards from Ottawa (June 12) — and oth­er Sum­mer Sol­stice Fes­ti­val events through­out the month. Montreal’s Les Pro­duc­tions Ondin­nok, the first French- speak­ing Indige­nous the­atre com­pa­ny in Cana­da, cel­e­brates its 35th Anniver­sary Mawas­sine Gala on June 21 at 7pm. You can also see select con­certs from the TD Van­cou­ver Inter­na­tion­al Jazz Fes­ti­val (on June 25, 28 and beyond). And there’s more to come!

The fol­low­ing events are fea­tured ele­ments of the Sum­mer Sojourn festival:

Embodying Power and Place

June 3rd — July 1st — on demand (free)

In 2019, the fed­er­al com­mis­sion on Miss­ing and Mur­dered Indige­nous Women and Girls released their final report, Reclaim­ing Pow­er and Place. In 2020, over a dozen artists from a wide range of dis­ci­plines were com­mis­sioned by New Harlem Pro­duc­tions to read and respond to spe­cif­ic chap­ters of the report. This dig­i­tal iter­a­tion of Embody­ing Pow­er and Place offers twelve audio-visu­al works that seek to hon­our the miss­ing and mur­dered Indige­nous women, girls, Trans, and Two-Spir­it peo­ple, and strives to cre­ate a sacred space in which to reflect, heal, and find renewed hope.

Incor­po­rat­ing text, sound and imagery, Embody­ing Pow­er and Place includes pieces from incred­i­ble Indige­nous cre­ators such as Janet Antone, Renelt­ta Arluk, Tara Bea­gan, Yolan­da Bon­nell, Dar­la Con­tois, Deb­o­rah Courch­ene, Aria Evans, Eek­wol Lind­say Knight, Jes­si­ca Lea Flem­ing, Falen John­son, Émi­lie Mon­net, Yvette Nolan, Michelle Olson, Natal­ie Sap­pi­er, jaye simp­son and Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone. (This dig­i­tal expe­ri­ence is pro­duced by Native Earth Per­form­ing Arts & Night­wood The­atre, and co-pre­sent­ed with The Cultch)

Tara Williamson with her band, The Good Liars

Fri­day, June 18, 7pm (free)

Over the last few years, Tara Williamson has estab­lished her­self as a sophis­ti­cat­ed lyri­cist and soul­ful voice in the Indige­nous and Cana­di­an music scene. Tara is a Vic­to­ria-based musi­cian who has been described as a poet and provo­ca­teur — the spark that ignites the flame. A First Nations singer/​songwriter orig­i­nal­ly from Man­i­to­ba, her music is an unwa­ver­ing doc­u­ment of self: the truth that hurts before it heals. Chris­tine Fel­lows says, “Tara Williamson’s songs are unflinch­ing and direct, hope­ful and gen­er­ous, suf­fused with snowy light.” Join Tara and her band for a spe­cial con­cert experience.

Also on June 18: Talk­ing Truths: Fol­low­ing in Her Foot­steps involves a dis­cus­sion among 4 Indige­nous women artists who have forged a path for oth­er Indige­nous women artists in the per­form­ing arts.

Media Con­tact: Gwen Kallio,, 604–215-2345