2023 Summer Employment Opportunity

Documentation from our 2022 ASAP presentation at the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film.


Aanmitaagzi is currently seeking applicants aged 15 – 30 for it’s 2023 Summer Arts Program. The deadline to apply is June 16, 2023. Full details can be found below.

Job title: Youth Arts Intern
Number of positions: 16
Length of contract: 8 weeks
Hours per week: 35
Hourly wage: $16.00
Start date: July 4, 2023
Location: Big Medicine Studio – 161 Couchie Memorial Dr., North Bay, ON

Deadline to apply: June 16, 2023


Aanmitaagzi is an Indigenous multi-disciplinary artist-run company based in Nipissing First Nation. Linked to provincial, national, and international networks, we are committed to fostering a vibrant arts community through community-engaged projects that promote well-being, strengthen relationships with the land, and incorporate intergenerational approaches and methodologies. We combine art making, education, professional development & social activism through contemporary and customary arts, nurturing historic Indigenous arts practices and exploring how these practices can be carried forward in a meaningful contemporary context.

Every year, we run an annual summer arts program that gives Indigenous youth the opportunity to learn from and work with respected Indigenous arts professionals and Elders. This year’s Summer Arts Program (ASAP) will take place from July 4 – August 25, 2023. Over the eight weeks of the program, our lead artists and invited guest artists will work with the youth participants, providing training in areas such as storytelling and creation, acting, dancing, movement, voice, singing, drumming, visual and installation art, as well as customary Indigenous arts practices and cultural teachings. Through art making and ensemble building, the youth and artists will collaboratively create a performance work that incorporates elements of dance/theatre as well as arts installations for public presentation, and engages with our most recent arts initiative, All My R(el)ations. The public presentation will take place on August 11, 2023.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The Youth Arts Interns will receive on the job training in a variety of artistic disciplines such as traditional and non-traditional storytelling, acting, theatre, dance, voice, puppetry, visual art, installation art, and customary Indigenous arts practices. They will further develop their communications and interpersonal skills and learn the fundamental aspects of event planning and delivery, production management, and outreach and marketing. They will also participate in the creation and delivery of workshops, events, activities, and presentations that will be open to the public.

Specific duties will include:

  • Working with Aanmitaagzi staff, guest artists, and community members under the supervision of the Co-Artistic Directors
  • Working with and receiving mentorship from arts professionals, Elders, and cultural knowledge keepers in a variety of disciplines
  • Working collaboratively to create work for public presentation
  • Participating in other arts events, festivals, and community engagement activities the organization engages in
  • Communicating with community members, elders, and peers for the purposes of coordination and outreach
  • Supporting services to community members and facilitating engagement between youth and Elders
  • Promoting, supporting, and helping to coordinate the organization’s events and activities

In addition, the youth will be responsible for helping to maintain a safe and organized workspace, following established schedules, and completing assigned tasks in a timely fashion, and fostering a positive, creative, and respectful work environment.


These positions are funded through federal employment programs. To be eligible for employment, youth must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations
  • be fluent in English

Ideal candidates:

The ideal candidates for this job position are full-time secondary or post-secondary Indigenous youth pursuing a career in the arts (e.g. dance, theatre, fine arts, etc.) or Indigenous studies, however candidates no longer in school or pursuing careers in related fields (e.g. arts administration, health & wellness programs, social work, etc.) will also be considered.

Application Process:

Interested applicants are asked to send their resumes and a brief cover letter explaining why they are interested in participating in our summer arts program to aanmitaagzi@gmail.com by June 16, 2023. Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

For more information, please contact Sid Bobb, Co-Artistic Director, by phone at (705) 474-2227 or by email at aanmitaagzi@gmail.com.

This year’s Summer Arts Program is generously supported by the Government of Canada (Canada Summer Jobs & Young Canada Works), the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.

Aanmitaagzi participating in ON THE EDGE Fringe’s 2022 Duality program

The Light in Us All
ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival – North Bay, ON

Thursday, August 11th @ 7 pm
Big Medicine Studio – 161 Couchie Memorial Dr.

As part of the ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival‘s 2022 Duality program, Aanmitaagzi and the participants of this year’s Summer Arts Program will present a reworked performance of The Light in Us All, which was first presented in Durham, ON last month as part of the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film.

The performance is free to attend, and all are welcome. For more information, please contact Sid Bobb or Penny Couchie at (705) 474-2227.

ASAP 2022 presenting The Light in Us All in Durham, ON

The Light in Us All
Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film – Durham, ON
July 23, 2022 @ 7 pm

The Light in Us All is a presentation of the 2022 Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program and our multi-year project, ALL MY R(el)ATIONS.  It is collaboratively created and performed by the Aanmitaagzi company artists and the program participants. It is an investigation and expression of an indigenous story shared by Monique Manatch. This is the way we heard it: A long time ago the light went out. Fear and distrust grew. Loved ones were lost. They all journeyed together to find the light. What fans your light? How do we protect the light? The Light in Us All shares and celebrates our stories and imaginings.

This is our 15th Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program. Our company and community have experienced great change. We are excited to look back at our repertoire and past participants: our elders, artists, and youth. We have been engaging with, dreaming of and developing our narrative sovereignty through art-making. We will re-imagine and re-envision our previous works in a new performance.

The Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program (ASAP) is a 6-week intensive in indigenous performing and visual arts. Now in its fifteenth year, the program faculty is led by award-winning and renowned professional indigenous artists and educators. Participants learn, share, express and create alongside our professional multi-arts team.

ALL MY R(el)ATIONS, our latest work-in-progress, explores our historic abundance in opposition to systemic oppression and poverty. How much of what we have now is a ration? A small shadow of what we once had. What are we entitled to? What dances, stories, songs and language are our birthright?

ALL MY R(el)ATIONS explores historically rooted ways in which we make a return to abundance by connecting to ourselves and all of Creation.


2022 Aanmitagzi Summer Arts Program Participants – Dan Babin, Ouske Couchie-Bobb, Abby Hopkins, Brad McDonald, Angel McLeod, Georgia Mianskum,  and North Sutherland-Spence

Artist Leads / Facilitators

  • Penny Couchie – Choreography / Direction
  • Sid Bobb – Theatre / Direction
  • Animikiikwe Couchie-Waukey – Dance / Choreography
  • Sherry Guppy – Visual Arts, Installation / Set
  • Michaela Washburn – Theatre, Story-telling
  • Tasheena Sarazin – Singing
  • Blair Beaucage – Anishinaabemowin

Photo CreditLiz Lott Photography

Graphic Design – Daniel Couchie

ASAP 2021 culminating presentation this Friday

Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program 2021
Culminating presentation of ALL MY R(el)ATIONS

Friday, August 20, 2021 from 5 – 7 pm @ Big Medicine Studio

Aanmitaagzi and the youth participants of the 2021 Summer Arts Program invite you to attend the culminating presentation of the works developed this summer as part of the ALL MY R(el)ATIONS project. The presentation will include a screening of the short film produced for the 2021 ON THE EDGE Fringe Festival (re-edited to include additional footage), arts installations, live performances, and more! Refreshments will also be served. Hope to see you there!

Aanmitaagzi wishes to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Canada Summer Jobs Program for helping to make this year’s Summer Arts Program possible.


Serpent People at Big Medicine Studio

Aanmitaagzi will be wrapping up its Summer Arts Program (ASAP) with a presentation of Serpent People at Big Medicine Studio on August 4, 2017 at 7 pm.

Our ASAP students and community members have been working hard all summer putting together and touring this production, and we’re pleased to be presenting it here in our community to mark the 10th anniversary of the ASAP program.

The event is free, however we gladly accept donations. Please note that this performance contains mature content.