YPT Community Engagement Facilitator Lindy Kinoshameg (front) presents his beautiful wood carving to Artistic Director Allen MacInnis, Executive Director Nancy Webster and former Director of Production Rick Banville, in recognition of YPT’s commitment to Indigenous learning.

YPT is researching, designing, and implementing a program of community engagement with newcomers and Indigenous peoples through a lens of cultural exchange and reconciliation. To begin this program, all YPT staff have taken part in a series of workshops that immersed them in Indigenous culture. Designed by YPT Community Engagement Facilitator Lindy Kinoshameg and Artist Educator Leslie McCue, the INDIGENizeUS program encompasses a series of learning sessions, centered on the Seven Ancestral Teachings of the first peoples of Turtle Island.

Learn more about the Seven Ancestral Teachings, INDIGENizeUS Workshops, Land Acknowledgements and YPT’s Indigenous programming at the links below.

Lead Partner
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Seven Ancestral Teachings

INDIGENizeUS Workshops

Land Acknowledgement

YPT Lobby Mural

Creators & Facilitators

Interview with CBC Radio

Upcoming Events/Programs

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Creators & Facilitators

If you have any questions or comments or wish to connect with further resources please contact Lindy at or Leslie at

“INDIGENizeUS helped YPT staff develop a deeper understanding and how that relationship with Indigenous peoples has grown, and where it should grow into the future.
We must trust in our knowledge, our teachings, and most importantly in ourselves to move forward with that relationship into the future.”
– Lindy Kinoshameg, YPT Community Engagement Facilitator 

Interview with CBC Radio on INDIGENizeUS