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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...

Aboriginal Arts Office


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...

Kiah Hachey and Karen Flahrety

Artist Story


With their unique art of throat singing, Kiah Hachey and Karen Flaherty bring the sounds of Nunavut to Northern Lights 2012...

Meryl McMaster, Jin (2010) (photo : Brandon Clarida)

News Release

Canada Council’s Art Bank Exposé in Toronto’s financial district

Ottawa, October 29, 2014 — You are invited to preview a showcase of rarely-seen works by prominent Toronto artists including Shary...


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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Past recipients

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

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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...


Maps of Canada Showing Canada Council funding by Province and Territory

Statistical research and analysis regarding Canada Council funding programs, grant recipients and...