The National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition’s (NIMAC) priority is to support, promote, and advocate for Indigenous media artists and arts organizations within the context of Canadian media arts practices. We connect Indigenous artists to not-for-profit arts organizations on a national scale. This is achieved through partnerships with other media arts organizations to deliver arts presentations, exhibitions, residencies, as well as support distribution and dissemination of Indigenous-made works.
NIMAC is a permanent region within the structure of the Independent Media Arts Alliance – a non-profit national organization working to advance the media arts community in Canada and representing 90+ independent media arts organizations across the country.
NIMAC also operates as a distinct organization, delivering arts activities as an incorporated, not-for-profit arts organization with its own membership and board of directors.
Niki Little | Director
Niki Little | Wabiska Maengun is a mother, artist/observer, arts administrator, and a founding member of The Ephemerals with Jaimie Isaac and Jenny Western. She is of Oji-Cree/English descent from Garden Hill FN, based in Winnipeg, MB. Her interests lay in artistic and curatorial strategies that investigate cultural consumerism, Indigenous women and feminism, cultural skill-based approaches, and cultural diaspora with the slightest hint of ambivalence. Little is the Director for the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition and is planning a national Indigenous media arts conference in Saskatoon, SK (June 12-15, 2018) with the Independent Media Arts Alliance; and is co-curating the La Biennale d’Art Contemporain Autochtone 2018 (BACA) with Becca Taylor in Montreal (May 2018).
NIMAC Board of Directors
Tracey Kim Bonneau
Tracey Kim Bonneau is from the Syilx Nation, Penticton B.C. Tracey is an arts management consultant & senior media artist. Tracey co-hosted & co-organized the On Common Ground, IMAA AGM in Kelowna B.C. June 10-15 2008.Tracey has over thirty years developing grassroots capacity building initiatives to foster growth in the arts. Tracey is the artistic director for Of the Land Collective which formed in 2015. Their mandate is to support media arts projects to train, preserve and perpetuate media arts language projects. For fifteen solid years, she devoted her time as coordinator for the Ullus Collective, a group of Indigenous Okanagan media artists, animators and writers. During that she organized film festivals, symposiums and ongoing training and workshops. www.traceykimbonneau.com
T'uy't'tanat- Cease is an interdisciplinary artist who works with new media, performance and interdisciplinary arts and is a community based and public artist. Her works range over 25 years and have always focussed on sustainability, Coast Salish Cultural elements and have included themes of ethnobotany and digital media technology. As an emerging Coast Salish weaver utilising wool and cedar, Cease is interested in how Polynesian weaving and interactive art and design can be brought together. She is a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast and recently had a publication that included an app that launched through Presentation House and the new Polygon Gallery that focuses on the "Cultural Crossings" between her community and the non-indigenous communities that co-exist in North & West Vancouver. Cease is the Ya-Howt Indigenous Women’s Permaculture Cohort and has helped to build and has steward an Indigenous community garden in the village of Xemelchts’n [also known as the Capilano Reserve in North Vancouver BC].
Rhayne Vermette is an artist from Manitoba. With a practice rooted in notions of decadence and the indeterminate, Rhayne's work primarily favours experimental and unclassifiable cinematic forms. Her 16mm films often merge the insipid within the surreal and transgress a myriad of incarnations from documentary to animation. Self-taught, Rhayne's films have screened across the globe, within various venues including Images, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Doxa, Jihlava, EMAF, and so forth. She is the current artistic director for WNDX, Festival of Moving Image.
Rhayne proudly resides and works from Winnipeg, beating heart of the Métis Nation and that which upholds her practice. http://rhaynevermette.com/
Meagan Musseau is an emerging interdisciplinary artist of Mi’kmaq and French ancestry from Elamstukwek, Ktaqmkuk territory of Mi’kma'ki | Bay of Islands, NL. She works with customary art practices and new media, such as beadwork, basketry, land-based action and installation to explore memory, language, and the relationship between land and body, object and narrative. Musseau holds a BFA in Visual Art from Grenfell Campus Memorial University and is a past member of the Indigenous Emerging Artist Program 2015-16 on unceded Coast Salish territory. She received grants and awards for her work, including the Atlantic Emerging Artist Residency at the Banff Centre, 2018; Inter-Arts project grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, 2017; Aboriginal Arts Development Award from the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, 2016; and the Corner Brook Emerging Artist of the Year, 2013. www.meaganmusseau.com