Indigenous Artist in Residence


Lindsay Delaronde - Indigenous Artist in Residence

Iroquois Mohawk artist Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde is the City of Victoria Indigenous Artist in Residence!  

The Indigenous Artist in Residence program provides the opportunity for a local artist to develop artistic works and engage the community in dialogue, workshops, events, and activities. In January 2018, Delaronde's one-year term was extended until the end of the year.

The Indigenous Artist in Residence engages with the community and City staff to produce a range of artistic works, which may include for example an exhibition, performance, publication or forum. There is also the opportunity to create collaborative artwork with the City’s current Artist in Residence Luke Ramsey.

Delaronde's submission was one of six the City received in response to a Request for Expressions of Interest, which was open to First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists and artist teams working in any artistic discipline who reside in the Capital Region, including the Gulf Islands.

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What is the purpose of art in reconciliation?  That's a point of ongoing exploration for Lindsay Delaronde during her residency with the City of Victoria, and is the inspiration behind ForgiveForgive is a site-specific performance and video installation that explores a narrative of Indigenous voices confronting colonial history.  The performance explores the concept that forgiveness is a key to opening new doors and encourages us to choose it over resentment. 

Forgive will include a territory acknowledgement before a 20 minute film screening that captures multiple land-based performances. The film is broken into four sections, distinguishable by the use of the four medicine wheel colours. After the film there will be an opportunity for the audience to actively participate by approaching the stage to light a candle as a personal act of forgiveness.

Lindsay asks, "what's left in your heart to forgive?"

When: Saturday, June 16, 9 p.m.

Where: Front steps of the Legislature.

This event is free and open to the community.  For more information, email

Photo credit: Naomi Kennedy

Pendulum: An Indigenous Showcase

Produced by Lindsay Delaronde in partnership with the Belfry Theatre, Pendulum was a community-focused project, honouring Indigenous worldviews in relation to reconciliation and community healing. The show had multiple acts featuring traditional and contemporary performances. Thank you to everyone who attended! Learn more.

ACHoRd Site Performance Art

Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported the ACHoRd performance art piece co-created by a group of 13 Indigenous and non-Indigenous women, which was performed on the steps of the Legislature as a part of the lead-up to Canada’s 150th on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Co-facilitated by Indigenous Artist in Residence Lindsay Delaronde and Monique Salez, owner and Artistic Director of Raino Dance Studio, ACHoRd represented the harmonization of many stories, lived experiences, and individuals in unity. 

Earlier this year, Delaronde put out a call for female movers, singers, actors, and drummers of both First Nation and non-First Nation origin to participate in a collaborative, performative artwork. For 11 weeks, the group of women met for four hours every weekend to develop the art piece.

The movements were created from the personal stories of each participant as well as from the desire to resist, reclaim, and take action as a community of women. Creating culturally-infused public performances grounded in local protocol, history and Indigenous resurgence is a passion of Delaronde and it guides her creative practice. ACHoRd aimed to dismantle existing hypocrisies and injustices in the colonial legislative system while proposing new partnerships to reclaim women’s voices, bodies and politics.

There were opportunities for audience participation during the performance. Audience members could support the group by wearing a gray top and black pants, shorts or skirt, or keep pace with the group through sound, which required attending two final rehearsals.

About Lindsay Delaronde

Born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation, Delaronde has been a professional artist for the past five years. She began this journey by travelling to Vancouver to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design followed by a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria. Recently, Delaronde completed her second Master’s degree in Indigenous Communities Counselling Psychology from the University.

Delaronde is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who works in print-making, painting, drawing, video and performance. The intention of her work is to manifest the relationships between Indigenous and non-indigenous and also intercultural respect among allies, nation-to-nation. Currently, Delaronde is a self-employed artist and moccasin–maker in Victoria.

Delaronde is a strong advocate for Indigenous voices, stories, culture and history. She dedicated her art project War Canoe Paddle Project 2009, which features current and archival photo transfers onto cedar paddles, to honour the Coast Salish War Canoe racing history. Her recent and first solo exhibition In Defiance at the Legacy Downtown supports the voices of Indigenous women on Vancouver Island and the Mainland of British Columbia. The exhibit showcased individual portraits that dismantle the negative stereotypes of First Nations women by having the individuals portray themselves more authentically reflecting truth of diversity, power and respect. Delaronde has also co-illustrated an Indigenous children’s book, The Corn Chief, and last July collaborated on Bondage, a Coast Salish narrative dance performance presented by Speak Outside, MediaNet and the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

“I hope to create artworks that reflect the values of this land, which are cultivated and nurtured by the Indigenous peoples of this territory,” said artist Lindsay Delaronde. “I see my role as a way to bring awareness to and acknowledge that reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples is a process, one in which I can facilitate a collaborative approach for creating strong relationships to produce co-created art projects in Victoria.”


The Indigenous Artist in Residence will work as an independent contractor from March 2017 to March 2018. The successful candidate will work 20 hours per week during the one-year term for a total fee of $42,000. The program is funded by the City’s Art in Public Places Reserve Fund. Artwork materials, fabrication and installation may be funded by a capital project’s budget, with up to $30,000 from the Art in Public Places Reserve Fund.

Program Submission Guidelines

Expressions of Interest and accompanying documents were to be uploaded electronically by registering for a free account at by clicking on the "Log in" tab to set up a New Vendor Registration.

Hard copy submissions were not accepted.

Deadline for Submissions:  Monday, January 23, 2017 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.

Selection Criteria

An artist’s or artist team's Expression of Interest was evaluated on the basis of:

  • Artistic excellence
  • Qualifications and professional artistic experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the significant cultural heritage and legacy of this area, the rich histories, stories and customs that tell of this place, and Indigenous perspectives of the Lekwungen People.
  • Willingness to engage with the City of Victoria's journey of reconciliation
  • Willingness of the artist to work collaboratively
  • Ability to successfully execute a project of this scale under the criteria developed within the budget and timeline set out.
  • Expressed desire to create artwork for and in the public realm
  • Ability to attend an interview with the selection committee

A selection panel reviewed submissions and recommended a shortlist of artists for interviews.

Art in Public Places Policy

The City's Art in Public Places Policy encourages the creation of new works of art for the enhancement of public spaces. The purpose of the policy is to:

  • Increase the livability and artistic richness of the municipality by making art a permanent part of our environment and a legacy for future generations.
  • Provide opportunities for the public to increase their awareness, appreciation, knowledge and education of public art.
  • Develop a sense of place, community pride and identity through the creation of new works.
  • Integrate art and artists into a variety of public settings.
  • Engender art that inspires people and is an expression of the time.
  • Enhance the attractiveness of the City, and promote cultural tourism.
  • Provide opportunities for artists at all levels and career stages.

Learn more about the City's Art in Public Places Policy.