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Future Narratives: Contemporary Indigenous Artistic Practice

Thinking Canada beyond Colonialism
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Program Information



"Art is our great imagining. Politics does what is here, concrete, in front of us. Art takes us in to the future." –Wanda Nanibush 

This intensive residency offers space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers and artists to discuss what the ‘future narratives’ of the country now called Canada may be as influenced by the wisdom and knowledge  of Indigenous contemporary thought and artistic practice. This national project is reaching 150 years and it is time to ask what future does it have based on where it has gone. How does this land’s much older history influence its future? How can art dream this future? What stories will open up a new future beyond national colonialism? As we approach 150 what is the vision for what those stories are and how they can be told and supported going forward. 

What does the program offer?

This residency aims to bring together artists who want to discuss the vision of what those future narratives for Canada are and have time to explore them within their own practice. The structure of the residency includes seminars/conversations to explore the theme and time during the day for the participants to engage with their own discipline. 

Please note, because of the short length, this is not a production based residency but a forum for critical discussion and creative reflection.

Who should apply? 

Indigenous and non-Indigenous emerging and established writers, artists, curators and researchers in any medium including visual and digital arts, performance arts, and music who are interested in exploring the future narratives of Canada. 


What's Included

Single RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $29 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee*
$2 067.98

Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid of up to 100% of the Program Fee is available for this program. 

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.

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How to Apply

Financial assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.


A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.


Up to three samples of relevant recent artistic work not exceeding 25 pages in total.

Artist Statement

In 250 words or less, describe the conceptual basis of your artistic practice and frame your work within a larger body/history.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.  

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.


Applications are encouraged from Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants from Canada and beyond.


All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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