Ensemble Program

What is the Aboriginal Ensemble Program?

The Abo­rig­i­nal Ensem­ble Pro­gram (est. 2002) is a project and appren­tice­ship-based train­ing pro­gram which is root­ed in Abo­rig­i­nal tra­di­tions. It is excit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive work aimed at devel­op­ing your artis­tic con­tem­po­rary voice and prac­tice while explor­ing Abo­rig­i­nal tra­di­tions and tra­di­tion­al art forms. 

The ensem­ble is for Abo­rig­i­nal artists com­mit­ted to a career in their prac­tice. Artists of dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines come togeth­er in the ensem­ble to cre­ate a col­lab­o­ra­tive, sup­port­ive and inno­v­a­tive envi­ron­ment. In doing so, they par­tic­i­pate in Cre­ations Projects, Part­ner­ship Projects, Pro­fes­sion­al Per­for­mance Projects and Ini­ti­a­tion Projects. 


• To give voice to the expe­ri­ences and aspi­ra­tions of Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple
• To make con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tion­al Abo­rig­i­nal art prac­tices acces­si­ble
• To cel­e­brate the spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, diver­si­ty and unique­ness of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tures
• To strive for a high lev­el of artis­tic quality


  • Tra­di­tion­al art forms taught by instruc­tors from dif­fer­ent nations
  • Behind the scenes expe­ri­ence in pro­duc­tion to devel­op skills in work creation
  • Oppor­tu­ni­ties to attend the The Talk­ing Stick Fes­ti­val Indus­try series
  • Appren­tice­ship in arts admin­is­tra­tion, mar­ket­ing and project management


Pre­vi­ous Ensem­ble mem­bers work coast to coast and have gone on to be nation­al­ly rec­og­nized. Many have formed com­pa­nies of their own, includ­ing: Sav­age Soci­ety, Raven The­atre, Raven Spir­it Dance and many more.

They have worked with orga­ni­za­tions such as Weesagachuk Fes­ti­val, Gwaan­duk The­atre, and Urban Ink to name a few. They appear in films, tele­vi­sion and com­mer­cials, cre­ate inde­pen­dent films and tour nation­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly. They are Artis­tic Direc­tors, award win­ning musi­cians and vocal­ists and cut­ting edge choreographers.


“Full Cir­cle’s ensem­ble pro­gram is like no oth­er. It tru­ly sup­ports artists no mat­ter where they are in their career to be ful­ly present and explore their artistry.Each mem­ber is able to bring their cul­ture and art to the fore­front while feel­ing sup­port­ed. This pro­gram gave me a sol­id foun­da­tion to be the artist I am today.” — NYLA CARPENTIER





  • Writ­ing and act­ing my first one act play “21st Cen­tu­ry Trick­sters” Van­cou­ver Fringe Festival
  • Teach­ing the suc­cess­ful Pow­wow Boot­camp at the Dance Cen­tre since 2010 through Raven Spir­it Dance, Van­cou­ver BC 
  • TYA tour “Raven Meets the Mon­key King” 2013–2016, Axis Theatre