Symposium program now available online Light Fire NL Indigenous Arts Symposium Program

To Light Fire NL Indigenous Arts Symposium Program

Full program in a flip book style that includes demonstration, workshop, and panel information as well as biographies for Newfoundland and Labrador’s inaugural indigenous arts symposium.


Information for Registered Participants of To Light The Fire

We look forward to seeing you soon in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for Newfoundland and Labrador’s first-ever indigenous arts symposium, To Light The Fire, from November 19-22, 2015. We would like to share some information and calls for participation with you as we get closer to the symposium.

Call for Film Night Submissions

Registered participants can submit films they have produced, directed, or written to be screened on Friday, November 20 during a mini indigenous arts film festival. Films must be focused on indigenous subject matter or have been made by indigenous artists to be considered. The film lineup will last 2 hours, so not all films submitted will be screened. Interested people can forward their film information to Joshua Jamieson ( with details including the name of the director, writer, and producer, the film title, running time, and a brief 2 to 3 sentence summary by Monday, November 9. Preferred playback will be from a digital file, with a back up DVD.

Call for Symposium Art Exhibition Participants

Registered participants who are visual artists that would like to have some of their professional artwork included in a symposium exhibition at Hotel North should let Donna Roberts ( know by Monday, November 9. Please provide photos of the pieces you would like to display (no more than six). Also include a résumé, artistic résumé, and a short biography no more than 200 words long. As space will be limited, not all submitted pieces or artists responding to this call will necessarily be included in the exhibition. Transportation of the artwork is the sole responsibility of the artist. The exhibition will be curated, and the curator will determine the overall display of the selected pieces.

Pop Up Shop Set Up Information

Registered participants who are professional artists that have works, pieces, or product available for sale are invited to take part in the pop up shops. If this applies to you, contact Donna Roberts ( to let her know you’re interested. Those taking part as a pop up shop merchant will be able to set up their display/shop on tables available upstairs at Hotel North on Friday, November 20 between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Pop up shops will be open to registered participants of the symposium in the evening from 5:00pm onwards, on Friday and Saturday evening. Artists/merchants will be responsible for their own direct sales, which will be cash only (unless the artist is able to accept other payment methods through something like Square – ATMs are on site at Hotel North and nearby but they will have limited funds in them.

Hotel Incidentals & General Information

For participants whose hotel accommodations are being covered, Hotel North will require a credit card to be left on file at check-in for any incidentals. The card will only be charged in the event that incidental related charges are incurred, otherwise there will be no charge. If you can’t leave a credit card on file with the hotel, you will have to leave a $200 deposit by debit or in cash at check in.

The hotel does provide free Wi-Fi.

The symposium will be a scent free event. Please be considerate, and do not wear perfumes, colognes, or highly scented products while attending.

If you wish to take photos, ensure that you ask the artist or those being photographed for permission.

Logo revealed and registration for first-ever Indigenous Arts Symposium to be held in Newfoundland and Labrador opens; some schedule information released


September 14, 2015 (St. John’s, NL) – ArtsNL, in conjunction with steering committee members comprised of representatives from Nunatsiavut, NunatuKavut, Miawpukek, Qalipu First Nation, and the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, launched a website ( and unveiled a logo for the province’s first-ever Indigenous Arts Symposium today.

The symposium, which is being called To Light The Fire, will take place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay from November 19-22, 2015. The logo features reference to the titular ‘fire’ and visuals of a drum, which are often heated over a flame prior to being played. The imagery was chosen by the steering committee as fire and drums were universally present in each of the involved indigenous cultures, and Camille Usher created the logo. The event is part of a series of initiatives that ArtsNL is undertaking to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

“The strong interest to have a provincial symposium focused on indigenous artists and art practices was heard loud and clear at the Atlantic indigenous arts symposium planned by the Atlantic Public Arts Funders called Petapan, which was held in August 2014 in Millbrook, NS,” said Reg Winsor, ArtsNL executive director. “We’re following a similar model for our provincial event that will include demonstrations, workshops, showcases, a film festival show case, exhibition, and pop-up shops.”

The symposium will also include a number of forum discussions where registered participants will have the opportunity to freely discuss challenges they’ve faced as artists, the business of being an artist, while sharing creative solutions and strategies that have worked for them. A full itinerary of events is available on the symposium’s website, and biographies for those leading workshops, demonstrations, and speakers will be added in the near future.

The website features online registration for the symposium, which is open as of today. Interested individuals from all indigenous backgrounds are welcome to register and attend, though spaces will be limited so people are encouraged to register at their earliest convenience. There is no fee to attend the symposium, and limited accommodations assistance is available. Registration closes October 9, 2015. Individuals with limited internet access are encouraged to contact Donna Roberts, ArtsNL’s Cultural Outreach Officer in Labrador to register by phone at 896-9565 or 1-888-896-9565.

As details continue to become available, they will be shared through future releases, on the ArtsNL social media profiles, or at or

Media Contact:
Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)

Dates and host town announced for first-ever Indigenous Arts Symposium to be held in Newfoundland and Labrador


July 16, 2015 (St. John’s, NL) – In continuing with the announcement of events for the 35th anniversary year of ArtsNL, dates and a host town for the province’s first-ever Indigenous Arts Symposium, called To Light The Fire, were shared this morning.

“In August 2014, the Atlantic Public Arts Funders collectively held an Indigenous Arts Symposium in Millbrook, NS,” said Reg Winsor, ArtsNL’s executive director. “At that event there were a number of individuals from Labrador, and following the symposium there was resounding feedback from all delegates that in the years between Atlantic symposiums focused on indigenous arts practice, a provincial version could and should be held.”

To that end, ArtsNL has been partnering with a steering committee comprised of representatives from Nunatsiavut, NunatuKavut, Miawpukek, Qalipu First Nation, and the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation to organize and move forward through the initial planning stages for a multi-day event that will include workshops, exhibitions, networking opportunities, and more.

“This morning, we’re very pleased to share that Happy Valley-Goose Bay will be the host town for the symposium,” continued Winsor. “The first Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous Arts Symposium will be taking place there from November 19 to 22, 2015 and at this stage, we’re just asking interested individuals to take note of these dates in their calendars.”

As more details become finalized, they will be made available through future releases, on the ArtsNL social media profiles, and at or

Media Contact:

Joshua Jamieson
Communications Officer
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)