Indigenous Artists in Schools

In YPT’s Indigenous Artists in Schools program, teachers and students learn about Indigenous culture directly from Indigenous artist educators.

Whether it’s through oral storytelling, dancing or visual art, the goal of these arts-based workshops is to inspire students to continue their lifelong learning about Indigenous people and customs.

Workshops are available for JK to Grade 12 – and teachers! They are currently offered online, and in-person (when mutually beneficial for school and facilitator). See details below.

“Thank you YPT for always engaging our students, and helping us to learn more about the Indigenous culture through stories and dance.”
– Holy Family Catholic School


Workshops currently include:

Indigenous artists in schools

Oral Storytelling

Students practice active listening, and use voice and movement to learn various Indigenous stories and history.

Indigenous Dance

Students actively experience the sound, meaning and stories behind dances and songs from different nations across Turtle Island. 

Indigenous artists in schools

Visual Art

Students create artwork to help inspire their fellow schoolmates, all based on the learning they do with the Indigenous artist educator. Topics can be customized with the facilitator.

Class Land Acknowledgements

What is a land acknowledgement and why is it meaningful? Students create their own land acknowledgements based on learning about Turtle Island and where they live.


Questions?

For more information, please contact Lindy Kinoshameg, Community Engagement Facilitator: lkinoshameg@youngpeoplestheatre.org.

Meet Facilitator Lindy Kinoshameg

Lindy Kinoshameg headshot

A proud Odawa from the Pike clan, Lindy was raised in Wiikwemkoong Unceeded First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Lindy has spent the last 10 years in Toronto, focusing his energy on Indigenous cultural awareness and breaking stereotypes through the arts. Always striving to practice new art-forms, this has led to a multitude of experiences: Visual arts projects, Healthy Living Program Coordinator, and Indigenous Radio Program Host, working his way up to Production Tour Manager and Event Coordinator, Indigenous Dance and cultural workshop facilitation. While working with Young People’s Theatre as Community Engagement Facilitator, Lindy created a series of educational workshops for YPT staff called INDIGENizeUS. Lindy strongly believes in incorporating Indigenous values and teachings into his practice, and sharing his knowledge with others.