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News (Alberta): Making Treaty 7 Announces New Artistic Director and New Season

News (Alberta): Making Treaty 7 Announces New Artistic Director and New Season


New Artistic Director and ambitious new productions to inspire positive change
mark Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s 2018 Season

The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society (MT7) is buzzing with change and new beginnings,
building on the enormous success of their first three years and a national tour of this theatrical
exploration of the historic events at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877.

New Artistic Director

Mii-Sum-In-Iskum (Long Time Buffalo Rock) is a Queer, Indigenous, disabled, and MAD artist
from the Kainai Blackfoot Reserve in Southern Alberta. His Canadian name is Justin Many
Fingers. MT7’s new Artistic Director has a bold mission to work with existing arts organizations
in Mohhkintstis (Calgary) to become the national centre for Indigenous arts.
“I’m committed to creating original works, presenting productions as well as creating a path for Indigenous theatre, dance and music. I see the unique visual artists from this territory and want to work closely with them to offer the opportunities they deserve.” – Mii-Sum-In-Iskum

The 2018 Season

The 2018 season kicks off with a Visual Art Exhibit from September 17-29 on the first floor of
the society’s new home, cSPACE in the old King Edward Building. Admission is free and
features a variety of Indigenous artists’ works.
MT7’s 2018 theatrical production is grounded in the Blackfoot word KAAHSINNONIKS which
roughly translates to ancestor. Building on past Making Treaty 7 productions which saw sold-out
crowds and a national tour, in 2018 we take a fresh look at the history and legacy of the events at
Blackfoot Crossing in 1877. Making Treaty 7 is a unique intertwined work of dance, theatre,
music and poetry built on guidance and stories from Treaty 7 Elders, and through them our
Kaahsinnoniks. The performance takes its audience on a journey through history to better
understand the true spirit and intent of the treaty, while investigating the consequences and the 
implications Alberta faces today. Making Treaty 7 – Kaahsinnoniks plays at the Southern
Alberta Jubilee Auditorium October 3 and 4th.
The world premiere of KIITISTSINNONIKS (our mothers) is October 24, 25, 26 at the Martha
Cohen Theatre at Arts Commons. From a gathering of Elders, these never-before heard stories
of hope, resilience and ancestry are the guiding force of Kiitistsinnoniks. Written, directed and
designed by an all-female crew, MT7’s newest production is in solidarity of our Missing and
Murdered Indigenous Women.
Women have always been the backbone of our culture and we ask ourselves, what happens to
a culture when the women disappear?” asks Many Fingers. 
To purchase tickets to the performance, or to learn more about Making Treaty 7 please visit:
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