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Project Nishin Niizh (2)
In 2020 Fringe North was unable to hold an in person festival due to the pandemic. In lieu of traditional programming, board members Adam Francis Proulx and Sarah Gartshore, seized the opportunity to work together in building an online space where Indigenous artists felt well held enough to, in the midst of a global health pandemic, begin to create again. That space was called Project Nishin. Artists offered one another community and encouragement as they marked that extraordinary time in their lives and shared in one anothers artistic journey's. Project Nishin centered the artists and their varied needs. Elder Nokomis Martina Osawamick provided both Anishinaabemowin translations as well as knowledge about caring for oneself in trying times that helped Oshkaabewisag Adam Francis Proulx, Sarah Gartshore, Jocelyn Dotta and Steven Roste work in a way that was healthy for them and, in turn, for the artists they served. This year we are pleased to announce that Ontario Culture Days has partnered with Fringe North in funding Project Nishin's continued service of Indigenous and other criminalized artists in a healthy, holistic and unapologetically decolonial process. Offerings from Project Nishin Niizh (Nishin 2) artists will be included in our watch parties as well as available on our YouTube Channel throughout the festival. You can read about the artists on pages 13-16 in the program above.