Bead work by Trip Charbs

Indigenous programs

Bead work by Trip Charbs, former Art of Managing Your Career participant (

About Indigenous programs

Creative Manitoba’s Indigenous programs provide workshops and programs for and by Indigenous cultural workers, artists and art enthusiasts.

We work with Indigenous artists of all disciplines–contemporary, traditional, and/or both–and offer networking, educational, and hands-on experiences that promote Indigenous arts and artists at every level.

All facilitators employ a mentorship approach from an Indigenous perspective that fosters art, cultural, and professional development while empowering, supporting and engaging our communities.

The Indigenous programs exist to:

  • Support Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and art organizations to meet their professional goals pertaining to Indigenous art and cultural practices
  • Develop programs that foster the emergence of Indigenous cultural leadership at every level
  • Identify and/or promote initiatives and projects that focus on Indigenous contributions in arts, culture and heritage sectors, and work towards the revitalization and empowerment of our communities

Recurring workshops

Sounding The Drum – Drum Circles – Temporarily Discontinued

In partnership with Manitoba Moon Voices, Creative Manitoba Indigenous Programs hosts twice monthly hand drum circles with guest speakers, artists, elders and musicians. We honour traditional knowledge, practice the art, and sound the drum. The drum circles are free to everyone in the community, members of Manitoba Moon Voices and members of Creative Manitoba

Art Of Managing Your Career Indigenous Perspectives

The Art of Managing Your Career Intensive for Indigenous Artists course presents an in-depth overview of the practical skills you need to grow your arts and culture career! Regardless of your creative discipline, this course offers an invaluable skill-set to creative entrepreneurs, including envisioning and developing a career strategy, developing a business plan, marketing and promoting your work, bookkeeping and budgeting tips.

Ozhitoon Jii-Miigiweng (to create and to share)

This art and educational gathering is an inclusive opportunity to learn about the Indigenous historical legacy of Canada using Land Based Experiential Learning for educators and artists in the schools.

Smoke Signals – Indigenous Communication Conference

SMOKE SIGNALS is a gathering of community-engaged Indigenous artists and arts leaders examining the importance of our Indigenous voices in the art and media world. It is a day of ceremony, panels, keynotes and conversations exploring our interactions in the art world. We recognize the unique ability our Indigenous perspectives have to transform and galvanize community, celebrating our role as artists and acknowledging the importance of reclaiming our own narrative as oral historians.

Rural workshops

We understand that not all artists can come to us, so we will come to your community. Bringing you a one-day condensed version of the Art of Managing Your Career – Indigenous Perspectives. We are also developing  half day workshops on taxes, grants applications, and documenting your work.

Indigenous Artists’ Needs Assessment

Creative Manitoba has undergone several gatherings and circles with Indigenous artists across Manitoba to discuss the experiences of Indigenous artists, their professional needs and look into the future. This resulted in the Indigenous Programs Needs Assessment Report.

For more information, email Arlea Ashcroft at