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Before you go on…

The works made for the 48 Hour Opera Project were created by artists all over the world, each with a different relationship to the land they occupy. To honour this, we commissioned artist Apihtaw Toussaint to create a piece acknowledging the people who have guarded and shepherded the lands of North America for thousands of years, and who continue to fight for it today. You can watch it below.

Be sure to turn on your sound and click full screen:

Apihtaw Toussaint…

a.k.a. Hailey Verbonac is a Red River Métis artist and theatre designer. Originally from Inuvik, NWT (on Inuvialuit and Gwich’in land), he trained at the National Theatre School of Canada in production design and technical arts.

"Wiyaatikosiw eeako ooma ohciaacimowinis ekwa otaacimowak. Kinanaaskomitin.”

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Apihtaw Toussaint aka Hailey Verbonac

Lucky Penny Opera lives and works on the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to be able to benefit from this beautiful and bountiful land, stewarded by the Coast Salish peoples since time immemorial.

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