Health + Wellness Support


As a result of colonial violence, many Indigenous people have experienced trauma. imagineNATIVE greatly values the importance of healing and cultural safety. We understand that some content presented by imagineNATIVE may be upsetting or triggering for direct or intergenerational survivors of trauma. For this reason, Elders and support workers from Ontario Indian Residential School Support Services (OIRSSS) will be available throughout the Festival.

Help Line
Oct 19th – 25th, 3 pm to 6pm
416-585-2333
Ext. 0 – Victoria Kucher

OIRSS Support Workers
Oct 20th – 25th, 3 pm to 6pm
416-585-2333
Ext. 6 – Ida Martin
Ext. 7 – Harvey Trudeau
Ext. 8 – Melba Thomas


These services are for anyone, including non-Indigenous people, requiring emotional support or access to traditional medicines. 

At imagineNATIVE we support uncensored Indigenous expression. Verbal disclaimers will be given during introductions for any programs containing scenes of graphic physical or sexual violence, or that deal with issues of Indian Residential Schools.

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We at imagineNATIVE acknowledge that this land located on present-day Tkaronto (Toronto) is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit.

We acknowledge the Dish With One Spoon covenant, a treaty whose spirit is one based in collective stewardship and reciprocity. We take the spirit of this covenant to the core of our operations as we bring artists and audiences from many nations across the globe together through our various initiatives and activities.

Please take a moment to think of the land you currently reside upon, wherever you may be, and  acknowledge those who went before and those yet to come.

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