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)


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