Compaigni V'ni Dansi
V’ni Dansi is a Vancouver-based traditional Métis and contemporary dance company. Led by Yvonne Chartrand, V'ni Dansi is dedicated to preservation of Métis dance and innovation of Indigenous contemporary dance. Dancers perform Métis dance under the name - the Louis Riel Métis Dancers and contemporary works as V'ni Dansi. V’ni Dansi holds the distinction of being the only company in Canada to teach and perform both Métis and contemporary dance. Meaning “Come and Dance” in Michif, V’ni Dansi is thrilled to share the Métis people’s joyful culture with audiences of all nations.
Dancers of Damelahamid
The Dancers of Damelahamid of the Gitxsan nation is founded upon over four decades of extensive work of song restoration, upholding the ancient cultural wealth of their family’s lineage. The company emerged in the 1960s out of an urgency to ensure that the knowledge of their ancestors was not lost, and to uphold the ancient cultural wealth of their family’s lineage. Since 2004, the Dancers of Damelahamid has established itself as a preeminent professional Aboriginal dance company that has self produced several theatre based productions, and the creation of newly choreographed works.
Raven Spirit Dance Company
The artistic vision of Raven Spirit Dance (RSD) is to share stories from an Aboriginal worldview. Our medium is contemporary dance; and, we incorporate other expressions such as traditional dance, theatre, puppetry and multi-media to tell these stories. RSD creates and produces contemporary dance that is rooted in Aboriginal worldviews and honours the communities and artists we work with. We share stories through Indigenous perspectives and practices while creating a platform for others to do the same. Company values are: generosity, openness, engagement, integrity and honouring.
Starrwind Dance Projects
Starrwind Dance Projects was formed in 2009 by dancer/choreographer Starr Muranko to support her research and development work on a project basis with the focus being on the creation and production of Contemporary Aboriginal dance combined with community outreach and education through the arts.In 2015 Starrwind Dance Projects became a registered non-profit society in the province of BC.