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  • Kim Senklip Harvey

A Treaty Signing

I've been thinking about how I wanted my next show to be held for a while now, how can I write and create Indigenous Theatre with colonial Canadian Institutions that honours the way that I create, live, exist.

So I went to the origin of the relationship and I took a long think about what the Canadian way is and what my Indigenous ways of working is. I didn't want a contract to be the foundation of our work, I wanted a treaty.

A treaty is colonially defined as "a formally concluded and ratified agreement between sovereign countries." From an Indigenous world view, for me, it's a relationship focused on knowledge sharing and values: trust, respect, courage, humility, vulnerability. It's an acknowledgement of peoples, our arrival to a space and time and our shared efforts and commitment to the knowledge and goods exchange.

Both of these understandings of a treaty can be applied to this situation and I'm happy to announce that the Citadel Theatre, the Arts Club and myself are entering into a treaty for a Silver Commission for my next play, Break Horizons.

Break Horizons follows 5 Indigenous women and is set in a woman's Healing Lodge, which are correctional facilities for Indigenous peoples. In a time when justice is so deliberately being denied to Indigenous peoples, Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie who we failed abhorently, I can't think of a more urgent time to be talking about judicial reform.

Break Horizons reflects the reality of how our birthrights have been systematically denied by the settlers with their continued colonial assaults and raids against the laws and customs of the Indigenous peoples. Break Horizons is about the multifaceted laws of our many worlds and how our breaking out of the oppression of the settler world will transcend us to our freedom, the greatest journey of all.

This journey is going to need a lot of love and with that I would like to formally invite you to the Treaty signing happening to start this creation process in a good way, in an Indigenous way.

Please join us on Friday, May 18th at 8:15am for ceremony to sign the Living Treaty Agreement between Indigenous Artist Kim Senklip Harvey of the Syilx, Ktunaxa, Tsilhqot’in and Dakehl Nations; and Arts Club Theatre Company located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh & Tsleil-Waututh Nations; and the Citadel Theatre on Treaty 6 Territory of the ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ Nēhiyawēwin and the Tsuu T'ina Nations, regarding the trading of knowledge and story creation/commissioning of the Indigenous Theatre project, Break Horizons.

This event will take place on the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre: 162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC:

8:15 - Doors open and Guests arrive

8:30 - Welcome, followed by a smudge

8:50-Introductions; Terms of the offering and the responsibilities within the Treaty laid out and witnessed; Treaty signed

9:30-10:00- Small feast

Please send your RSVP by Wednesday, May 16th, along with any questions you may have, to the Associate Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre Rachel Peake at

With the understanding that no journey occurs without challenges, this treaty is a declaration to one another and the community of our intent to create new relationships between Indigenous and Canadian theatre and community, focused on equity, safety, inclusion, excellence, peace and creating the space to be humbled by our mistakes and courageous with our work.

We hope you can join us!

Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director, The Citadel Theatre

Ashlie Corcoran, Artistic Director, Arts Club Theatre Company

Kim Senklip Harvey, Indigenous Artist

I'd like to send an incredible limelet and sechanalyagh to Daryl, Ashlie and Rachel Peake for committing to this treaty and embracing this way of working. This is centering Indigenous ways of creating, this is celebrating and respecting the way I work and I'm humbled by their offers and courage.

with love and seeking justice for my people,


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