2023 Indigenous Cultural Aesthetics

Save the Date!  We are planning on hosting this event again June 1 & 2, 2024.  Please check back for more information soon!


Participants will learn alongside Indigenous leaders and performers in preparation for a final showcase of stories and songs.  Areas of study will include story-telling, singing, dancing, drumming, and crafts.  Housing and meals are provided for all participants.


  • Max Defender Jr.
  • Bradley Defender Sr.
  • Mary Louise Defender
  • Gerald Iron Shield
  • Ben Good Bird
  • Wiley LaRocque

Featured Performers

  • Eagle Nation Singers
  • Bear Dancers
  • Buffalo Dancers
  • Pow-wow Dancers


Thanks to the generous support of the John and Elaine Andrist Charitable Trust and the Manitoba Arts, Culture, and Sports in Community Fund, program tuition and meals are free for all participants.  Donations are humbly accepted to continue this work in future years.

General Information

Participants will need to bring their own bedding such as sleeping bags, pillows, towels, and toiletries.  Participants must follow all IMC General Guidelines and complete a 2023 Health Form for their time at camp.

The International Music Camp has camp dormitories available – one for men and one for women.  No accommodations are available for couples.   There are also excellent camping facilities in the Peace Garden approximately one-half mile from the Burdick Center.  Campsites can be rented through the International Peace Garden at www.peacegarden.com

All events at the International Music Camp are subject to the International Peace Garden Gate Fee.  2024 Admission is either $10 per day per person or $50 for a family annual season pass.  If you do not have a passport, a birth certificate (everyone) and photo ID (16 and older) is required to cross the border.


SUNDAY June 4, 2023
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Registration/Check In
3:30 p.m. Camper Orientation (Burdick Center)
4 p.m. Class Block 1
6 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Class Block 2
10 p.m. Call to Quarters


MONDAY June 5, 2023
7 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. Class Block 3
10 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Class Block 4
12 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. Class Block 5
3 p.m. Free Time
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Class Block 6
8 p.m. Festival of the Arts Concert – “A Cultural Journey”
10 p.m. Call to Quarters


TUESDAY June 6, 2023
7 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. Class Block 7
10:30 a.m. Dress Rehearsal for Final Performance/Showcase
12 p.m. Lunch/Pack/Move Out
1:30 p.m. Performer Call
2 p.m. Final Performance/Showcase


Please call the IMC Office at 701-838-8472 to register so that we have an accurate count for meals.  Leave a voicemail with your name, mailing address, phone number, and any special needs (such as dietary or accessibility needs) to register before May 30th.