*Financial Aid of 100% is available for this program.


This 3-week self-directed Indigenous Arts residency will invite writers to engage in an active writing program, both in their community and on the Banff Centre campus. Online gatherings during the community phase will be scheduled to bring everyone together to connect and share.

Participants will be able to choose to participate either online from their community or on campus for the first two weeks. The final week will see all participants meeting on campus to share readings and have deeper discussions of their process. Faculty will engage all writers throughout their time, as needed and scheduled, while this space allows for writers to put the time aside in their own capacity but still engage in their writing practice.

Who Should Apply?

This program welcomes Indigenous writers from across Canada.

Please note: As we re-open campus and welcome artists back to programming in a safe and mindful way, we have made the difficult decision to restrict recruitment for on-campus programs to those currently residing in Canada. We continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to the future relaxation of travel measures that will allow us to welcome international artists once again.

*Financial Aid of 100% is available for this program.

Duration of residency:

Program Dates: October 11 – 29, 2021Application Deadline: September 15, 2021Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/3gtv5ua

Accommodation will be available on Banff Centre campus.

Week One: Online or In-Person (11 – 16 Oct)
(participants choosing to complete the full program in-person will check in on 10th October)
Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the Literary Arts Faculty and Elder by signing up for one-on-one online sessions with faculty, and attend faculty group workshops. Peer collaboration can begin here, however this week is aimed at getting acquainted with the online system and what it has to offer.

Week Two: Online or In-Person (17 – 23 Oct)
(participants choosing to complete the first week online and the remainder of the program in-person will check in on 16th October)
Participants will begin with online morning gatherings to welcome and say thank you to visiting faculty, as well as check in with needs and questions. Literary faculty will offer an online group workshop, and one-on-one sessions are booked with faculty. Peer collaborations begin taking place through sharing readings with each other.

Week Three: In Person On Campus (arrive in Banff Sunday 24th October for programming 25 – 29th October. Everyone departs campus 30th October)

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance:

This residency offers Indigenous writers a combination of lectures from faculty, open social spaces to connect, open spaces to review and provide feedback to each other’s work, faculty office hours and readings. Writers will deepen their artistry and technical application with literary mentorship from faculty of various writing genres, create peer relationships and expand their professional networks, and have the opportunity for possible collaborations following their time at Banff Centre.

Fees and support:

Please note that as of September 1, our application fee will revert to the pre-pandemic level of $65 ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous). All applications received on or before August 31 will be charged at $25.
*Financial Aid of 100% is available for this program.

Expectations towards the artist:

Artists are expected to participate throughout the entire duration of the program. Please see the program web page for full details on the.

Application information:

Please apply online through the program page: https://bit.ly/3gtv5ua