Inaabandam Symposium 

Preliminary Schedule 


Friday, January 17th, 2020

5:00pm Registration Opens
5:30pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
6:00pm Barbara Laronde Award Presentation
6:30pm Musical Performance
7:00pm Reception/Opening Party

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

9:00am Registration Opens w/ Coffee+Tea
10:00am Opening and Teaching with Elder
11:15am Sovereign Airwaves: Indigenous Voices in Podcasting and Community Radio Panel
1:00pm Catered Lunch
2:30pm Deconstructing Colonial Place-making Through Language Panel
4:00pm Networking Break w/ Coffee+Tea
4:30pm Gender Marginalization in Film & Media Arts Practices Panel
6:00pm Dinner Break (Not provided by conference)
7:00pm Short Film Screening TBA

Sunday, January 19th, 2020 

9:00am Registration Opens w/ Coffee+Tea
10:00am Opening and Teaching with Elder
11:15am Indigenous Curatorial Practices: From State Institution to Artist-Run Panel
1:00pm Catered Lunch Provided
2:00pm Artist Talk with Barbara Laronde Award Winners
3:00pm Performing Arts: State of the Field Panel
4:30pm Networking Break w/ Coffee+Tea
5:00pm Indigeneity as Industry Panel
6:00pm Closing with Elder


 Preliminary Panel Descriptions 


Sovereign Airwaves: Indigenous Voices in Podcasting and Community Radio

The origins of Indigenous radio in Canada can be traced to the low-power “trail radio” transmissions of isolated communities in the1960’s, many of whom maintained their sovereignty and self-determination by remaining unlicensed. Now with the potential to reach large international audiences, podcasts have become a natural progression for Indigenous artists and content producers, borrowing from a strong history of rez radio and Indigenous programming on community and college/university stations. This panel includes both established and emerging radio artists and podcasters who are continuing the oral storytelling traditions integral to so many diverse Indigenous cultures.

Deconstructing Colonial Place-Making Through Language

In response to the United Nation’s 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, this panel explores artists who are incorporating language into their interdisciplinary practices and artistic outcomes. Whether through intervention, public art or gallery works, we will discuss the importance of language and its use in asserting Indigenous presence upon our shared landscapes.

Gender Marginalization in Film Media Arts Practices

There is an undeniable and well-proven gender imbalance in the Canadian film and television industry as well as in the media arts sector and community. This imbalance privileges Cis-Men above Women and other Gender Marginalized people. Indigenous gender marginalized people are then even further under-represented, particularly in positions of authority and within certain types of production, such as feature film. This panel will hear from filmmakers and media artists who have successful production and presentation histories and whose practices range from experimental video art, to dramatic feature films. They will share how they have navigated inequity in order to create work.

Indigenous Curatorial Practices: From State Institution to Artist-Run

What does a decolonial curatorial practice look like? This panel will explore the challenges and triumphs experienced by Indigenous curators of Indigenous art. We will hear from curators who claim and occupy space within colonial institutions and from those who are creating community outside of the institutional structure. Discussions will be hed on developing curatorial practices that incorporate Indigenous protocols, and that inclusively exhibit and involve Indigenous artists and communities.

Indigeneity as Industry

This discussion is centered upon the ethical acquisition and dissemination of indigenous information. Panelists will share their knowledge of traditional governance/natural laws (ethics) as imagined under a contractual/constitutional agreement; as well as discuss how these ethics/laws could then be applied toward the ‘formal’ creation and implementation of systemic (re)conciliatory policies; as means of securing the safety of indigenous body/culture/knowledge/territory.

Full schedule and program details (subject to change) will be posted in the coming weeks.