“Back in 2017, it seemed as though every arts organization across the country was talking about collaborating with Indigenous artists. It was Canada’s sesquicentennial, after all, and within the larger environment of reconciliation, Indigenous artists were in high demand.

Canadian playwright and librettist Yvette Nolan remembers sifting through the “crazy numbers” of work offers that came her way, just in time for #Canada150. Some of the offers were attractive, others she turned down. “It felt a little bit like putting some beads and buckskin on a project…”