INDIGICADE 2016 – A Videogame Arts Program for Indigenous Women

Presented by the Indigenous Routes Collective and Dames Making Games



The Indigenous Routes Collective is pleased to announce our second project with Dames Making Games providing game design and development training for Indigenous* women, Two Spirit, trans and cis women, genderqueer, gender variant and nonbinary individuals in Toronto. The project will run Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons in April 2016 at Bento Miso (862 Richmond Street West).

This program is free of charge.

Deadline for applications is March 28, 2016.

Drawing on the experience of established indigenous media artists within the collective and Toronto community and the technical and gaming expertise provided by Dames Making Games participants will be guided through process of conceptualizing and programming games. The course will move from the ground up and requires no past programming experience, just a desire to learn and make games. Projects will be made individually and in collaboration, including collaborative projects with mentors. Finished games will be presented to the public in October 2016.

  • Weekly sessions will run Thursdays, April 7-28, 5-8pm and Saturdays, April 9-30, 1-5pm at Bento Miso (meals will be provided).
  • Artist fees will be paid to all participants who exhibit work in October.
  • Laptops are available to borrow.

Dames Making Games is a not-for-profit feminist organization dedicated to supporting dames interested in making, playing, and changing games.



This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts Projects Grants.

* Aboriginal communities, First Peoples, and Indigenous nations are those that are self-identified as having a historical continuity with societies that developed on recognized territories before colonization or transformation of that region into a nation-state and may consider themselves distinct (with often unique cultural, linguistic, traditional, social and other characteristics) from other sectors of the societies or nation-states now prevailing on those territories.