“Indigenous arts are an integral part of rebuilding the foundation of Canadian society and cultural, and in reconciling our traumatic history as a nation in order to make positive, profound changes in the future...”
My artistic practice is deeply rooted in the exploration trauma as expressed through the creative act of rediscovery. My preferred medium is writing for theatre as a playwright, where I can then further apply these discoveries in to three-dimensional forms, using sound, light, taste, touch, and the movement of the human body through time and space, to engage, inspire, and challenge audiences. I am a contemporary artist practicing in experimental, genre-defying mediums that are often rooted in popular western culture rather than Aboriginal tradition, and have often struggled to find my place as an Indigenous writer. In spite of this, my internal creative process is deeply rooted in the tradition value systems of my ancestors, where I strive to challenge my own colonial prejudices to craft new and original words, phrases, and stories that respect all peoples and the natural world and push toward a new understanding as a nation, while also being entertaining and accessible to all. Loss - of language, of family, of history, of culture, of knowledge, of an entire civilization – and exploring it through the means of artistic creation, I endeavour to leave a lasting cultural legacy of new ideas, new knowledge, and new understanding for the generations to come. Indigenous arts are an integral part of rebuilding the foundation of Canadian society and culture, and in reconciling our traumatic history as a nation in order to make positive, profound changes in the future, and I am thrilled to be working as an artist at this exciting time in our collective history.
Frances Koncan is a playwright from Couchiching First Nation, residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba.