The New Brunswick Arts Board is an arm’s length arts funding agency with a legislated mandate to facilitate and promote the creation of art as well as administering funding programs for professional artists in the province.
Petapan—meaning ‘First Light’—is an arts symposium that brings together close to 150 Indigenous artists and arts professionals from the Atlantic provinces every two to three years. The first was held in Millbrook (NS) in 2014, the second in Dieppe (NB) in 2016, the third in St. John’s (NL) in 2019, and the most recent Petepan was held in Fredericton, NB in 2022.
Petapan is the fruit of a partnership between the arts boards of all Atlantic provinces, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.
The final report of the third symposium, held in Saint John’s, Newfoundland in June 2019, is now available. You can read the full report here.
As a provincial entity, the New Brunswick Arts Board acknowledges that it carries out its work on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkati peoples. Read the full statement.