Thursday November 21


Join us for two exciting evenings of dynamic theatrical and
multi-disciplinary performances-in-development by emerging
Indigenous creators! Learn about Animikiig Creators Unit here.

Women of the Fur Trade
by Frances Koncan

A comedic theatrical piece which explores the cultural inheritance of three 19th century women as they navigate the rapidly changing world of the Canadian fur trade. Using 21st century slang, these women share their views on life, love and Louis Riel. Koncan mixes humour and history, shifting perspective on women’s power in the past and present.

Winner of the Toronto Fringe’s Best New Play Contest 2018

Director Audrey Dwyer
Dramaturg Lindsay Lachance
2018 Dramaturg Jessica Carmichael

Frances Koncan is a writer of mixed Anishinaabe and Slovene descent, originally from Couchiching First Nation. She has a MFA in Playwriting from the City University of New York Brooklyn College and a lot of millennial anxiety. Her plays include:  zahgidiwin/love, developed at Weesageechak 29; Riot Resist Revolt Repeat, developed at Weesageechak 30; and Women of the Fur Trade, developed with the support of Animikiig, which will be premiering at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre as part of their 2019-2020 season. @franceskoncan

Women of Papiyek
by Quelemia Sparrow

At the inception of Vancouver in 1886 came the desire to create a park at Xʷay’ Xʷəy’, now known as Stanley Park. The battle to remove the mixed race: Indigneous/Settler families from Papiyek, now known as Brockton Point, ensued. It lasted until the 1930’s when the families were evicted, forcibly removed and their homes were burnt to the ground. This is the story of three Indigenous women who lived in Papiyek.

Dramaturg/Director Jani Lauzon

Quelemia Sparrow is an actor, writer and director from the Musqueam Nation. She graduated from Studio 58’s Acting program and the Langara Film Arts program in Screenwriting. She won the Leo Award for Best Female Guest Appearance for her performance in the CBC’s TV series, Da Vinci’s Inquest. Some of her writing credits include: Ashes on the Water (Neworld Theatre & Raven Spirit Dance); Salmon Girl (Raven Spirit Dance); Women of Papiyek (Full Circle Theatre); The Pipeline Project (Itsazoo & Savage Society); O’wet/Lost Lagoon (Alley Theatre).