The Harmony Collaboration is a registered not for profit charitable organization, incorporated in Ontario in 2015. Harmony was inspired by a pressing need to build relationships and broaden respectful dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, creating positive social change through the power of the performing arts. Harmony established a collaborative artistic and community partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN). Together, Harmony and the MCFN explored new ways to connect non-Indigenous Canadians to Indigenous culture and heritage. Through respectful dialogue, agreement was reached to use the MCFN’s Kiinwi Dabaadjmowin (Our Story) Mural as creative inspiration.
Photo credit: Kaytee Dalton
The City of Mississauga provided access to facilities to Harmony during project development, and funding was obtained. Steven Campbell and Nancy Walker were commissioned to write a music theatre performance interpreting the Creation story as portrayed in the Kiinwi Dabaadjmowin (Our Story) Mural.
Workshop performances were held at Meadowvale Theatre in Mississauga, and Harmony presented sections of the developing work, now entitled FIRST, to an invited artistic and community audience. A/V recording session workshops were held at Nimaawanji-idimin Kiinwi Maanjiwegamik Community Centre, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga ON, Humber College and the Canterbury Music Company, Toronto ON.
Harmony received financial support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Hazel McCallion Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Heritage, the McLean Foundation and by individual and corporate donors. Harmony is supported by an active, involved and committed volunteer board and core.
Photo credit: Joanne Bidini