This choreographic process started from a desire to practice Ktunaxa. I needed a way to remember the vocabulary I was learning in my Ktunaxa language lessons so I turned to movement. I got to explore many ways I can translate text into choreography. Building this solo has empowered me as an Indigenous artist. I’ve found an effective way to integrate my Ktunaxa history and culture into my dance practice. I am very thankful for my language teacher Alfred Joseph, my grandmother Sophie Pierre, and my fellow Ktunaxa students for being the spark that fired up this piece.

WARNING: Coarse language, theme of colonialism , intergenerational trauma, racism, abandonment, discussing misogynistic roles in gaming

This sharing is part of the Indigenous Arts Program Sharings on May 17. In their pieces, artists explore themes of connection, community, and land relationships, and we welcome you to join the conversation! Folks are invited to interact with guiding questions from the Indigenous artists on their way into the Aki Studio, for a night of readings, dance, and discussion with this year’s multidisciplinary IAP cohort. The Indigenous Arts Program Sharings are double billed with the Festival Opening Night Party, featuring food, drink, and live music in the Daniels Spectrum Courtyard.


  • RUN TIME: 30 minutes (1.5 hours for the IAP Year One Sharings), following a 1 hour Opening Night Party
  • Choreographer and Performer: Samantha Sutherland
  • Lighting Designer: Mikaila Strickland

Thank you to: Ontario Arts Council and Native Earth Performing Arts, The National Ballet of Canada, Alfred Joseph, Sophie Pierre, and Marie Nicolas.


250-585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7


Native Earth Performing Arts and Artscape strive to provide equal treatment to and equitable benefits of its services, programs and facilities in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.

  • The Dundas Street entrance provides barrier-free access to the building
  • Two elevators are located in the South Lobby
  • All floors have accessible washrooms and stalls, as well as accessible drinking fountains
  • Signage throughout the building is written in Braille
  • A hearing enhancement system is available in Aki Studio and the Ada Slaight Hall



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Samantha Sutherland

Samantha Sutherland

Samantha (she/her) is a dance artist and choreographer based in Toronto, ON. She is proud to be an Indigenous woman of the Ktunaxa (ktoo-nah-ha) Nation. She graduated from the Arts Umbrella Dance Diploma Program in Vancouver, BC in 2018. After graduation Samantha worked with Lesley Telford and as a guest artist with Ballet BC in their production of Romeo and Juliet by Medhi Walerski. For the 2020/21 season she moved to Toronto and joined Red Sky Performance as an Associate Artist. During her time with the company she performed Flow choreographed by Jera Wolfe in Fall for Dance North 2020. Samantha made her choreographic debut in the Harvest Moon Showcase presented by O.Dela Arts in 2021. She was mentored by Olivia C. Davies and Alejandro Ronceria. She recently worked with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra dancing in an all Indigenous cast to music by Tom Jackson.