We’re happy to offer a series of educational resources to introduce students to the work of six Indigenous artists.

Each resource focuses on the work of an Indigenous artist and includes artist interviews, discussion questions, and writing exercises. At the end of each lesson plan, you will find information on how students can submit their own creative work to The Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s Imagine a Canada project.

New Constellations is a celebration of next wave Indigenous music and writing. We invite you and your students to join this wide-ranging conversation about art and ideas in your classroom.


JORDAN ABEL

A Nisga’a writer from British Columbia, whose Griffin Poetry Prize–winning book-length poem Injun was an interrogation of the Western pulp genre


JEREMY DUTCHER

A classically trained opera singer and multi-instrumentalist from the Wolostoq Nation, whose debut recording Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Our Maliseet Songs) reclaims traditional songs in an endangered language


ELISAPIE ISAAC

A Juno Award–winning Canadian singer and songwriter who performs in English, French, and Inuktitut
 


TRACEY LINDBERG

A novelist and professor of Indigenous law from Kelly Lake Cree Nation, whose debut novel Birdie was a national bestseller and a finalist for Canada Reads


LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON

A Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg storyteller, poet, musician, and scholar, who is the author of many books, most recently the Rogers’ Trust Fiction Prize–nominated collection of stories and songs, This Accident of Being Lost and the non-fiction title As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance


JOSHUA WHITEHEAD

An Oji-Cree, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer storyteller, poet, and novelist from Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1), who is the author of debut poetry collection full-metal indigiqueer and the forthcoming novel Jonny Appleseed.