Northern Arts Workshop

Join us March 24 - 27, 2024 in The Pas for a variety of Skill Building Sessions and Conference sessions and surround yourself with creatives across Northern Manitoba.  This event is FREE to attend but does require registration.  You have the option of attending the skill building sessions and/or the conference portion. We hope to see you there! 

Register today! 


Are you a creator in Northern Manitoba within the arts or food industry? Are you interested in networking that is meaningful and connects you with other creative-minded individuals?

Are you an individual from Northern Manitoba interested in arts, culture, and looking to expand your creative community, connect with like-minded individuals, and explore your professional options?

If you resonate with any of these questions, then the Northern Arts Workshop will be the perfect place to be.

The Northern Arts Workshop brings together folks from all levels for one reason, to boost Northern Manitoba’s Creative sector and Food sector. It’s a conference for all artists and food makers at any point in their journey. It's a conference for all types of organizations involved in the creative economy, and government bodies with funding for arts, culture, food, and heritage projects.

The workshops serve as a collaborative space with folks working within all levels collectively to build a community of shared resources, tool kits and lastly to create a cohesive and inclusive wealth of knowledge in the North.

Why should you attend?

    • Experience a unique opportunity to network, learn, and engage with other artists from all mediums.
    • Attend Skill Building Sessions and professional development opportunities hosted by Creative Manitoba and Food & Beverage Manitoba. 
    • Learn from keynote speakers that have first-hand experience of grassroots creative change within their environments, and those environments have similarities with Northern Manitoba
    • Immerse yourself in a dynamic program featuring interactive workshops, insightful discussions, and inspiring speakers. This series will introduce you to the many avenues of career in arts and culture.
    • Come to one event or all six and you will find a vibrant community of artists, curators, and industry experts.


This Workshop is the second annual Northern Arts Workshop, which will build off the momentum of the first event in 2023. The Workshop will be facilitated by Inga Petri, who has hands-on experience in growing and developing an inclusive creative economy in a northern climate. The Workshop will allow a fluid exchange of information between the presenters and the attendees, and allow the participants to learn what opportunities exist. To wrap the Workshop up, the participants will work together through a facilitated strategic action plan that will focus on various issues in the creative world and make a local/regional plan to resolve them.

Here are what a couple of artists who attended the first annual Workshop said!

"The Northern Arts Conference brought artists and industry professionals together and encouraged us to envision a bright future for creatives in rural Manitoba. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn, collaborate, and make new friends!"  Danita Stallard - Artist  |  Illustrator  |  Indiscriminate Tree-Hugger


"As an artist I found last year’s conference to be a great venue for networking. A couple different professional opportunities have come directly from those connections and I’m optimistic more will in the future too". - Mike Spencer, Artist



Room blocks have been made, details below:
Kikiwak Inn: 
Reference block code "UCN Northern Arts Workshop" when booking
Cut-off date March 15, 2024
Opaskwayak, MB

Andersen Inn: 

Reference the block code "24UCNNorth" when booking
Cut-off date is February 23, 2024
The Pas, MB



11:45 - 12:30 pm 

Lunch, UCN Campus

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm 

Opening Elder & Speaker, UCN Campus

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm 


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm 

Concurrent Sessions 

A: The Value of Your Gifts, Jackie Traverse

As an artist, you have spent thousands of hours honing your craft. Skills that have often been passed down through generations. Your work is your gift, filled with teachings and knowledge from yourself and your community.

What we often struggle with is the part that comes after our creation work is done – pricing. Pricing is awkward. Setting a price on something that is so deeply personal and doesn't have a set market value is even more awkward. But knowing your value and the value of what you create can be the most important part.

This workshop will focus on discovering your value as an artist and the work you create. We will have conversations about pricing, how to work with retailers, direct sales, consignment, and how your work and its value tells your story, representing you and your community. 

B: Ohpikiwin: The Journey to Financial Empowerment, Noah Wilson, Futurpreneur

This workshop will review practical skills as well as success stories from other Indigenous entrepreneurs. More information to come. 

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm (with food)


3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions 

A: Walk with Us, Melanie Gamache and Lyn Brown

Experience-based, Indigenous and northern tourism is an opportunity to invite people to walk with us and share the rich language, spiritual connection to land, and cultural offerings of Indigenous and northern peoples in Manitoba. There’s never been a better time to share our cultural knowledge and introduce people to our ways than now.

This is an opportunity to amplify our voices through greater representation as we share our relationship with the land and our communities. Whether we are delivering authentic Indigenous and northern experiences to educate travellers or passing knowledge on to members of the community who have become disconnected from their culture, this is a way for us all to learn to walk together.

As people realize there are opportunities to support and engage with Indigenous and northern businesses, it is very important to point out that it should always be the community that develops the experience(s) and determines what the community wants to share and show. Development should start with a meeting to find the story, and define the experience(s), and the infrastructure available for tourism. From there we determine opportunity, timing and budget. Let’s take that first step together.

This workshop will tell the stories of Melanie Gamache, Borealis Beading, and Lyn Brown, from the Pickled Loon, who have used food and art to create experiential tourism.

B: Ohpikiwin: The Journey to Financial Empowerment, Noah Wilson, Futurpreneur

This workshop will review practical skills as well as success stories from other Indigenous entrepreneurs. More information to come.

5 pm – 7 pm

Dinner, on your own

7 pm – 9 pm

Film Festival (Films to be confirmed)


8:00 am – 9:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

9:30 am – 11:15 am

Concurrent Sessions 

A: Stronger Together – the kitchen table, Fireweed Food Co-op, Arlea (Creative Manitoba/Neechie Niche)

Artists and food makers need community. You need to be able to connect with other people to share ideas, resources, knowledge, techniques and support each other. A strong community of artists and food makers can also help you stay motivated and help you continue creating art and food. Community fills your spirit, and your plate, and strengthens your vision. Much like sitting around a kitchen table, we gather to nourish ourselves and each other. We are always stronger together.

How are social enterprises and co-operatives like a kitchen table? How can they bring artists and food makers together and what can they do for you? 

B: Show me the money!  Indigenous Youth Roots, Staff & Erica (Committee Member)

Want to learn how to plan a project and write a grant? Join Indigenous Youth Roots for our Grant Writing 101 workshop! This grant writing workshop will focus on tips and tricks for strengthening grant applications. We will provide an overview of how grants work at Indigenous Youth Roots. Our organization tries to decolonize the granting process for Indigenous youth on and off reserve, in cities or in remote communities. We also offer mentorship and one on one guidance to support you on your project’s journey. This workshop could also be valuable for funders interested in reshaping their own granting processes. As a note, Indigenous Youth Roots currently only provides funding to “Grassroot youth groups/collectives (comprised of Indigenous youth ages 15-29)”.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Early Lunch

12:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Sharing Circle 

2:15 pm – 3 pm


3:00 pm

Main Conference Begins



3:00 - 3:15 pm

Conference Welcome and Opening Prayer

3:15 - 4:30 pm


4:30 - 4:45 pm


4:45 - 4:55 pm

Dignitary Welcoming

4:55 - 5:07 pm

Exhibit Opening

5:08 - 5:20 pm

Drum Circle Performance

5:20 - 5:35 pm

Government of Manitoba Welcoming

5:35 - 6:30 pm 

50 Mile Dinner and Networking, a Culinary Experience with UCN Culinary Arts

6:30 - 6:35 pm

Introduction of Keynote, Michaelle Jean, Former Governor General of Canada

6:35 - 8:00 pm

Keynote Address: The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada

Inspire - Connect - Unite: Strengthening arts and culture in Northern Manitoba.

8:00 pm onwards 



8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 - 9:15 am 

Elder Opening Prayer

Introduction of Keynote 

9:15 - 10:15 am

Keynote Address: Theresie Tunglilik, Of Weavers and Dreamers: Bringing the North to the World

10:15 - 10:45 am 

Networking and Exhibit Viewing Break 

10:45 - 12:00 pm 

Standing in the Present Panel: A panel of Northern Manitoba organizations share highlights of progress, barriers and opportunities. Hear from various Northern Manitoban art organizations.

Moderated by Thom Sparling

12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Lunch and Networking 

1:00 - 2:15 pm 

Follow the Money: A fireside chat about community-based financing with Jim Blake, Haliburton ON 

2:15 - 2:45 pm 

Networking and Exhibit Viewing Break 

2:45 - 4:15 pm 

Reverse Pitch: A panel on government support for arts, culture and food. Hear from Canada Council of the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Manitoba Arts Council, Prairies Economic Development Canada, Futrpreneur, Indigenous Youth Roots

Moderated by Thom Sparling

4:15 - 5:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions 

A: Guided Reflection 

Time for participants with a focus on bringing a region together (across sectors) to advance economic impact on artists, makers, orgs and communities, and work through how to apply the insights and experience from elsewhere in Northern Manitoba

B: Ask an Expert Clinic

Speakers and experts are available for 3 x 20 minute segments. Must be pre-booked. Participants come with an issue or concern that they want feedback on from specific experts.

5:15 - 5:45 pm


5:45 - 7:30 pm 

Networking Reception 

Catering provided by Chef Travis Antonio, Lunch Shack

7:30 - 9:00 pm 

Performance Showcase 

Cash Bar


8:00 - 9:00 am 


9:00 - 9:15 am

Elder Opening Prayer 

9:15 - 10:30 am 

Keynote Speaker: Yukon First Nations are Mapping the Way: Organizing for Change and Building Communities

10:30 - 11:00 am 


11:00 - 12:15 pm 

Facilitated Strategic Action Planning 

12:15 - 1:00 pm

Working Lunch 

1:00 - 2:30 pm 

Facilitated Strategic Action Planning

2:30 - 2:45 pm 

Closing Remarks 

2:45 - 4:45 pm 

Arts & Culture Tour - details pending 


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The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
Former Governor General of Canada


Inga Petri, Strategic Moves, Whitehorse, YT

Inga has undertaken research, strategy and marketing assignments from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island, from Ottawa to the Yukon, from Manitoba to Nunavut. She has been working with the Manitoba arts sector since 2011, most recently spearheading a baseline study of artists and arts organizations in Northern Manitoba and helping develop and advance the Northern Manitoba Arts Action Plan.
Inga’s marketing career includes 6 years in book retail and publishing including a 3-year stint in Charlottetown, PEI; and 10 years at leading ad agencies in Ottawa. With the founding of Strategic Moves in 2007, Inga has built a unique national consulting practice at the crossroad of research, strategy and marketing planning with a focus on arts and culture, and technology.
Inga has been putting digital conversations in the performing arts sector on the agenda since 2011, when she led the seminal Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada (© 2013, CAPACOA). She has a reputation for providing strategic insight, championing contemporary marketing practices, delivering on organizational change mandates along with delivering practical training. She co-write Digitizing the Performing Arts: An Assessment of Issues, Opportunities and Challenges (© 2017, CAPACOA). She has been leading numerous national, provincial and local digital strategy assignments in the arts, and helped arts organizations forge closer connections with their audiences in the digital and physical realms.
Inga lives in Whitehorse, Yukon and works in communities across Canada.


Jim Blake, Haliburton ON

Jim resides in Haliburton, Ontario, a small rural community, where he works as a facilitator, consultant, project manager and educator. He is the Community Economic Development Consultant for the Haliburton County Development Corporation and Curator of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest and taught for 20 years as a part-time faculty member of the Haliburton School of Art and Design. He was involved in the development cultural plans for the four lower tier municipalities in Haliburton County, the creation of the Arts Council~Haliburton Highlands and Reseau SPARC Network – Supporting Performing Arts and Rural Communities in Ontario and beyond.
As a community volunteer, Jim is the president and co-founder of the Haliburton County Community-Co-operative, (which oversees 20 different community initiatives), co-chair and co-founder of the U-Links Centre for Community-Based Research, board member of the Trent Community Research Centre, chair of Dance Happens Here Haliburton, and chair of the Glebe Park and Museum committee.
Jim is also a professional storyteller who, over the past thirty years, has performed at festivals and events across Canada. He studied fine art at University of Guelph, York University and the New School of Art and exhibited his work as a visual artist from 1976 to 1984. Jim also holds degrees in Psychology and Education from York University.


Theresie Tungilik

Theresie Tungilik was born on the sea ice during the month of March in an iglu while her parents were traveling by dog team to get to Nauyaat, from Harbour Island, Nunavut. Her artistic parents have been her driving force to help other Inuit artists within Nunavut and Inuit Nunagat. Theresie is an artist and an Inuit art collector. Theresie’s work and being on committees, boards of directors, governors and serving as a knowledge keeper have enhanced her knowledge and ability to work towards helping and improving the lives of artists.
Being a Member of the Reconciliation Council for the Canadian Museums Association gave Theresie new insights of indigenizing Indigenous artifacts and creations, and the protection of such, through museums. Being on the Board at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Qaumajuq, as well as an Inuit Traditional Knowledge Keeper on their Indigenous Advisory Council, has seen the empowerment of Indigenous People to voice and ask for changes that are necessary for the Truth of Inuit art history to be told. The Indigenous Advisory Council was integral to the establishment of Qaumajuq, and provided Indigenous input into how the INUA Museum displays its Inuit art.
Theresie has been a member of CARFAC’s board since 2017, becoming National President and Spokesperson in Winnipeg in May, 2023. Within CARFAC, Theresie has been on the Indigenous Advisory Circle for the Indigenous Protocols for the Visual Arts. Her main interest has always been the Artist’s Resale Right, as well as Indigenous Intellectual Property. Theresie was also the founder of Inuit Art Society in Rankin Inlet, and under this organization had Ivalu Ltd. was established in 1992. The Inuit Art Society also held its inaugural Kivalliq Arts & Craft juried exhibition 1994.


For any questions please contact Jackie Rechenmacher at