Johnny Aitken - Dancer & Filmmaker for Epidermis Circus' opening land-honoring film
Johnny Aitken is an actor, scriptwriter, writer, carver, filmmaker, educator and activist. Johnny’s mixed ancestry includes Coast Salish, Scottish, Haida and Hawaiian. Johnny, self identifies as a gay 2Spirit First Nations Interdisciplinary Artist.
As a wood carver, Johnny’s highlight has been carving a twenty-foot figure called a Honouring Figure which is based on a traditional Coast Salish Welcome Figure.
Johnny’s love of performing on stage began while dancing with Lynda Raino back in the 1980s in Victoria B.C. Current projects include touring theatre production titled the Gift. The Gift is based on Johnny’s challenging childhood and overcoming severe adversity. Johnny is currently co-writing a series of children’s books with his friend Jess Willows which has a focus on reconciliation and friendship. He is also writing his first novel which explores his complicated mixed lineage titled “Mixed-up!”.
Johnny also has an interest in heightening awareness on the topic of the disproportionate number of missing and or murdered Indigenous women, girls, trans and 2spirit folks in Canada. On this topic, he is currently working on his second short video utilizing the theme of ReDress which was started by Jaime Black, Metis artist.
Johnny’s latest endeavour, “Fumbling towards Reconciliation” is a project in collaboration with Marie Weeks, a member of the Settler community. “Fumbling towards Reconciliation” explores the possible ways for non-Indigenous people to work alongside Indigenous people towards reconciliation.
Johnny considers himself a cross cultural bridge builder, a lifetime occupation he takes very seriously with a lot of humour!