When I was about 19, I went to the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto. I was never around any kind of performing arts growing up in the North so it was amazing when I realized that this is what I was meant to do. Today, I founded and operate the only professional indigenous theatre company in the NWT.
We are such a small population in the North that if we don’t create the art, then the art gets created for us. We need to represent who we are as people. I really believe in our stories and that we need to keep them with us and create new ones. I also do theatre and writing for political reasons. Theatre is my chosen expression of these reasons and poetry helps encapsulate the journey.
My work is northern based from an indigenous perspective. There is no shortage of expression and what needs to be told. I encourage people to have a presence and help them tell our stories with my youth outreach (What’s Your Story?); stories that could be from the perspective of a single mother (TUMIT - play) or about climate change (Anticipation – Performance Art) or a journey (I Count Myself Among Them – Radio Drama). I want to explore these stories, and more. To share them with each other and others.