Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 01, 2008 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - Theatre students in Saskatchewan will have continued access to professional arts training, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Carol Skelton, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC).

The SNTC, located in Saskatoon, will receive $100,000 to support its Red Spirit Performing Arts Training Program (formerly know as the Ensemble Theatre Arts Program), which provides a three-year, full-time professional arts program in arts skill development, skill application, cultural development, and career management. The program also tries to fill the void of qualified Aboriginal artists and strives to link graduates with potential employment in the Canadian cultural sector.

"I am proud to support the SNTC in its efforts to give young Aboriginal people the opportunity to study the arts within their own culture," said Minister Verner. "Quality arts training is essential to sustain the vitality of our culture and ensure the future of the arts in Canada."

"This funding will help the SNTC share its artistic vision with our community and the rest of the country," said Mrs. Skelton. "Its unique training opportunities benefit not only young Aboriginal artists, but also Aboriginal communities and the larger theatre scene in Canada."

"The SNTC gratefully acknowledges the National Arts Training Contribution program for its continued support of the Red Spirit Performing Arts Training Program," said Donna Heimbecker, SNTC General Manager. "Through this partnership, SNTC continues to develop highly skilled and qualified artists that make valuable contributions to the artistic and cultural fabric in Canada."

"Red Spirit performing-arts training will become the artistic catalyst for future generations of Indigenous performing artists," said Alanis King, Artistic Director of the SNCT. "Red Spirit aims to create an artistic legacy of cultural arts in Canada."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the National Arts Training Contribution Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program supports independent, non-profit, incorporated Canadian organizations that train Canadians for professional national and international careers in the arts.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations