Native Earth Performing Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation, development, production and professional artistic expression of the Indigenous experience in Canada and we are recruiting new volunteer board members.
Now in its 36th year, Native Earth seeks to fulfill an artistic vision that is inclusive and reflective of the artistic directions of members of the Indigenous community through stage productions (theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary art), new script development, apprenticeships, and internships.
As Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company, we produce, present and tour award winning productions as well as support the growth of emerging Indigenous artists. We are in need of individuals who love the arts to join our Board of Directors.
The Board contributes to the long-term strategic planning, policy building, and ensuring the financial viability of the company. The Artistic and Managing Directors report to the Board. Board members advocate for the company and are involved in fundraising activities.
We strongly encourage candidates of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to apply.
Relevant skills and experience might include:
- Strong financial skills including knowledge of budgeting, accounting procedures and audit processes
- Experience with fundraising projects and initiatives
- An understanding of Indigenous communities and the issues that pertain to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples
- Background or experience with marketing and public relations, non-profit and financial management and program development
- Knowledge and/or experience in the arts industry in some capacity (as a supporter, enthusiastic audience member or arts professional)
- Promote Native Earth Performing Arts and act as an ambassador of the organization to members of the communities we serve
- Attend monthly board meetings either in person or by phone or Skype
- Be involved in at least one board and staff committee
- Review and approve finances, budgets and major expenses
- Ensure the success of Native Earth Performing Arts by fundraising, networking and acting as a representative to the communities
- Provide support to strategic planning for Native Earth Performing Arts and the communities we serve
- Actively assist in planning processes with management, staff and stakeholders
- Comply with Native Earth Performing Arts’ legal obligations, code of ethics, bylaws and articles
- Must commit to monthly meetings in person or via phone or Skype
- Must be willing to commit approximately 5 hours a month to carry out the duties of the Board
- Please note that Board members serve one-year terms, renewable for additional terms
Native Earth Performing Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation, development, production and professional artistic expression of the Indigenous experience in Canada.
Vision: Share our stories and values
Mission: Foster the development of Indigenous art: nurture talent, create, and perform for broad audiences.
Art: create, develop, and support multi-disciplinary art
Outreach: initiate conversations with local, national and global communities
Partnership: expand our network and effect change
Training: build, strengthen and encourage Indigenous artists
Founded in 1982, Native Earth is Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. In the early years, the company operated on a project basis, performing at The Theatre Centre and the Native Canadian Centre, as well as touring to reserves. The 1986 premiere of Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters went on to become the first North American, Indigenous written and performed production at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival in 1989. Native Earth continued its growth and success into the mid-nineties with the award winning productions of Coyote City, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, Sixty Below and Huff.
More recently Native Earth has toured productions both nationally and internationally, including the prestigious Sydney Theatre Festival. We have created alliances with Indigenous communities in Australia, New Zealand and across the Americas. The emergence of many Indigenous playwrights in Canada and the development of many new plays and dance pieces continue to be facilitated through the annual festival Weesageechak Begins to Dance, and the Animikiig Creators Unit. In addition, the Mskomini Giizis is a unique late-stage development residency for Indigenous productions.
Native Earth has received nine Dora Mavor Moore Awards and twenty-eight nominations, two Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Awards and the 1997 James Buller Award for Aboriginal Theatre Excellence.
For the first time in our history, Native Earth is managing and operating our own vibrant venue: Aki Studio. The 120 black box theatre is situated in Daniels Spectrum, the revitalized arts and cultural centre in Regent Park. Aki Studio has been host to many Indigenous, multicultural, and independent theatre companies including fu-Gen, Cahoots, Obsidian, Acting Up Stage, Paper Canoe Projects and Agokwe Collective. We look forward to the Aki Studio becoming a national and international Indigenous performance venue.
 We use the term Indigenous to encompass the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit of Turtle Island (North America), and also include Indigenous peoples from other regions including Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Greenland.