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About the Aboriginal Arts Office

The Aboriginal Arts Office is committed to ensuring that the Canada Council's services and programs best meet the needs of Canada's First...

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Artist Story

Santee Smith: Here on Earth to dance

With the spiritual traditions of her Haudenosaunee heritage as a guiding force, Santee Smith embraces dance to express who she is. Born in 1971 in Hamilton and a member of the Mohawk Nation's Turtle Clan from Six Nations near Brantford, Ont., Smith found dance at an early age. At three, she began...

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How to apply

Your grant application plays a critical role in demonstrating the artistic merit of your project. This document responds to some...

Red Diva Projects. Photo: Barry Gnyp.

Artist Story

red diva

Learn how Ontario’s red diva projects brought national and international acclaim to a new Aboriginal musical.

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A Knowledge and Literature Review

Get an overview of oral and written knowledge on Aboriginal arts in Canada today. Read the report here!

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Searchable Grants Listing

Here's a handy tool: a searchable database of past grant recipients and prize winners.


Evaluation of the Suite of Aboriginal Arts Programs - Final Summary Report

Over the past 20 years, the Canada Council for the Arts provided direct support to Aboriginal artists and arts organizations through a...