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Confederation Centre highlights Indigenous culture

The TD Young Company production of Aqsarniit premieres on Canada Day. It can be watched for free from in the Outdoor Amphitheatre until August 18.One year after the Canada150 Dream Catchers project, the Confederation Centre of the Arts continues to celebrate Indigenous culture from across Canada.

This includes having a diverse cast and crew with The Charlottetown Festival and featuring the stories of Indigenous people on and off stage.

Says Mary Francis Moore, Associate Artistic Director, “[The Dream Catchers project] challenged our institution, our privilege, and forced us to acknowledge what we do and do not know about our history and ourselves. This institution knows how important it is to face all sides of our country’s history and move toward a positive and lasting change that recognizes the importance of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit voices.”

This year’s Young Company performance is called Aqsarniit, the Inuktitut word for Northern Lights. Barbara Diabo has been the choreographer with the TD Young Company for two years. She originally comes from the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake.

Samantha McCue is Anishnaabe from the Chippewas of Georgina Island and Ned’u’ten from Lake Babine First Nation. She grew up on the Musqueam Reserve in Vancouver, BC, and currently lives in Toronto. This year she’s the costumer and set designer of the TD Young Company production.

There are also a number of performers throughout The Charlottetown Festival with Indigenous roots, including Jacob McInnis, who performs in both Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Starting on August 7, the Confederation Centre will feature Métis Mutt by creator and performer Sheldon Elter. It’s an autobiographical coming-of-age story that focuses around Elter’s journey as a young man as a stand-up comedian and the death of his father.

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