Photo credit: Jumblies Theatre

ONLINE: ANGE LOFT (TO) — Talking Treaties

Dec. 7 to 11, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$45 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $115, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / In English
Capacity: 19 people, priority for full week attendance


CONTENT // Combining interdisciplinary art-making with historical and contemporary content, Talking Treaties strives to share local Indigenous knowledge and awareness in a hands on, inviting way. Based on the arts-based research part of Talking Treaties in Takaronto (Toronto), participants are guided through a series of reflective and performative prompts, toward the initial research phase of Talking Treaties Tio’tia:ke (Montreal).

A combination of history and activity, we begin by reflecting on artifacts from early Iroquoian in the region. We move ahead to agreements made with neighboring Kahnawake and a treaty called the Great Peace of Montreal, where the Dish with One Spoon, an Indigenous Nation to Nation agreement that connects the Montreal area to the great lakes trading routes, was renewed. We explore notions of Original Law, Practices of gift giving, kin building, resource sharing, acknowledgement, and break down the impact of The Treaty of Niagara on the trade landscape of the Island.

Once the basics are presented, participants are led through a series of creative activities in response; a mapping exercise, block print symbol making, found poetry generation, improvisational reading and a rapid performative, durational and multi-art challenge. The historical texts, interview transcripts, newly-generated text and imagery interact, disassemble and take on new meanings.  The resulting works-in-progress are woven together to a low-stakes theatrical outcome and followed up with an in depth debrief of the content and collaborative process.

BIO // Ange Loft is an interdisciplinary performing artist and initiator from Kahnawake Kanienkehaka Territory, working in Toronto. She is an ardent collaborator, consultant, facilitator and mentor working in storyweaving, arts based research, wearable sculpture and Haudenosaunee history. Ange is also a vocalist with the Juno and Polaris nominated band YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN. Ange works within the community, art, and education sectors as a speaker, co-creator and advisory member. Ange is Associate Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre, where she directs the Talking Treaties initiative and has co-facilitated Art Fare Essentials since 2013.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training. There is a regular rate, and a rate subsidized by Emploi-Québec.

Who has to pay the full rate (regular)?
– People residing outside of Montreal Island
– Full-time or foreign students

To benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec, you must:
– Live on the island of Montreal (civic address)
– Be an artist or cultural professional
– Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or temporary foreign worker with a work permit (open or closed)

Are accepted: Part-time students, Employment Insurance (EI) or Income Assistance (IA) recipients (please notify your agent at Services Canada or MTESS).

Reimbursement policy – No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.