ika'kimaat is a Blackfoot expression which means "try hard". It is used by the artists of Making Treaty 7 to remind ourselves that, although the work we do is difficult and often emotional, it is important to persevere. We challenge those of you who have come here to learn more about the stories of the Treaty 7 territory to "try hard".
We consult with our community Elders in everything we do. Our projects and performances are inspired by the stories from the oral traditions of the Treaty 7 Nations. When we first began, we gathered these Elders together to listen to their stories. Many of these were recorded so that others who could not be present would have a chance to hear what was said. Ika'kimaat offers access to that same learning that our artists experienced, and their recorded performances reflect those teachings. We hope you take the time to watch, listen and learn.
Join Our Circle
We recently sat down with a group of Blackfoot speakers to ask them to explain the concept behind ika'kimaat. We felt like it was important to hear from original language around what ika'kimaat means to them and how it fits into their daily lives.
Watch the Interviews
A Wide Variety of Video Content From Across Treaty 7 Territory.
Our videos range from consultations with Elders to interviews with artists, from scenes created for our live shows to short films created on the land, from short teasers to full-length films and recordings of our past live-streams. All of this content has value for anyone seeking to understand how we create Indigenous-led theatre and film, and the Indigenous communities who share their stories through our work.
Ika'kimaat Sessions | Trailer
Elders and intellectuals from Treaty 7's Blackfoot nations discussing the meaning of Ika'kimaat.
MT7 2016 Show | Trailer
Ranging from harrowing to heartbreaking to hilarious. Watch the trailer.
Istotsi: Workshop Series
Recorded Live Streams from our Istotsi workshop series featuring a variety of alumni artists.
Fort Calgary Elders Symposium 2013
Speeches and stories by Elders from across Treaty 7 at Fort Calgary in 2013.
Before we create any of our shows, we consult with local Elders. Their stories from oral tradition inspire and inform our writers and performers.
Individual scenes and performances from our past productions.
Full-Length video of our past productions.