OFFICE NOTICE

April 1, 2020

Due to the 2 week extention to the State of Emergancy by the Government of Saskatchewan, our office will remain closed until April 15th. Our staff will continue to work from our homes and all emails will be answered as soon as they can be but we won’t be able to check phone messages until we get back.

General inquiries can be sent to admin@gtnt.ca


OFFICE NOTICE

March 19, 2020

Due to the State of Emergancy by the Government of Saskatchewan, our office is now closed. Our staff will continue to work from our homes until April 1st. All emails will be answered as soon as they can be but we won’t be able to check phone messages until we get back in on April 1st.

Also our scheduled performances of Paris, SK by Kenneth T. Williams on April 24 – 26, 2020 have now been CANCELLED.

General inquiries can be sent to admin@gtnt.ca

Welcome to the Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre

‘And the day came when the risk to remain the same was greater than the risk to change. It is, after all, the only hope for the cocoon to become the butterfly.’

~Anonymous

tawāw. Welcome to Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre. Nīkānīwin (pronounced knee-gone-knee-win) is a Plains Cree expression for ‘leadership’. Over the past year and a half, Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC) has engaged members of the community regarding the next phase of our organization’s transition. In consultation with the Tootoosis family and after a process of ceremonial protocol, SNTC has successfully renamed our organization. Our new name, Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, honours Gordon Tootoosis, a Cree and Canadian icon and one of the founding members of SNTC. We have a new focus on mentorship of emerging Indigenous artists, a focus on Circle of Voices (COV). We have reinstituted the component of culture in everything we do ­– our Cultural Advisor works closely with COV youth and with artists in the season’s programming. We are excited to open the doors to a new future for the company, one grounded in culture, language and history. When Gordon Tootoosis (Poundmaker First Nation) began working in theatre, there was a noticeable void of Aboriginal actors. He set out to fill that void by creating a platform for the development of young, burgeoning and experienced Aboriginal actors. In doing so, he has had a profound impact on both the Aboriginal and wider theatre community in Saskatoon and across the province and made an indelible mark on Canada’s theatre scene.