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.
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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.
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The subscriptions fees from this platform go directly towards filming new content with Treaty 7 Elders and artists, and utilizing Indigenous filmmakers in the process. By subscribing, you gain access to the content that is already here, and help us create even more.
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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.
Listen to our Elders' stories.
Our productions are created by combining together new works by individual artists into larger productions. Meet our artists.
Scenes and songs from our past live productions. Watch our feature-length and short films.
Interviews with our alumni artists, Elders and community members. Listen to behind the scenes conversations on how our projects come together and why it's important to keep telling these stories.
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By becoming an Ika'kimaat Member, not only are you accessing hours of archival content, you are allowing us to film, edit and stream even more. Your fees go directly to paying Indigenous filmmakers, artists and Elders, as we capture our conversations, creation processes and creative works that help tell the true stories of Treaty 7 territory.