Outside Looking In (OLI) was founded by Tracee Smith in September 2007 as a sole proprietorship. After their first successful show in May 2008, charitable status was sought in July 2008, and OLI became an official charitable organization in February 2009. (Charitable Status #81551 7099 RR 0001). Outside Looking In was created to give Indigenous youth an opportunity to express themselves through the arts while giving Canadians the opportunity to learn more about Indigenous peoples, beyond what they see and read in the media, through OLI’s annual multi-media performance in downtown Toronto. This experience and performance is about give and take. Canadians have an opportunity to look inside Indigenous communities, while the Indigenous youth will get to see beyond theirs.

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