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United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Canada has finally adopted the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, without qualifications. The document, adopted by the UN in 2007, recognizes Indigenous peoples’ basic human rights, as well as rights to self-determination, language, equality and land. It states: Indigenous peoples have the right to practise and revitalize their cultural traditions and [Read more]

Nisga’a Museum

Nisga’a Museum

The Nisga’a Museum has won prizes for its remarkable displays, fine building and unique location. It is opening for the 2016 season on May 10. The Nisga’a Museum and its collections are directly related to the historic Nisga’a Treaty. The museum is also known as Hli Goothl Wilp-Adokshl Nisga’a, meaning “The Heart of Nisga’a House Crests,” a name [Read more]

Native Art Market

Native Art Market

The Burke Museum in Seattle is hosting a high level Native Art Market on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 10 am until 3 pm. The entire art sale proceeds go directly to the artists. The Off the Rez food truck will provide Indigenous-themed food. http://www.burkemuseum.org/ The next day, Sunday May 15, the Tacoma Art Museum [Read more]

Oh, I Long for Home

Oh, I Long for Home

An installation by artist Marianne Nicolson opens on May 14, 2016 for a year-long showing at the Simon Fraser University’s downtown Teck Gallery at 515 West Hastings Street. The theme of Oh, I Long for Home is the city as a conflicted promise for Indigenous people. Based on photographs of her relations taken of the [Read more]

Line as Language

Line as Language

On May 19, 2016, Heiltsuk artist Shawn Hunt opens Line as Language, an exhibition at the Burrard Arts Foundation at 108 East Broadway in Vancouver. Hunt will speak about his work at 6:15, followed by a reception at 7 pm. The exhibition continues until July 2. Hunt’s work explores new ways of using this structure [Read more]

One on One

One on One

The latest in the Kelowna Art Gallery’s series One on One is an exhibition of several works by Krista Belle Stewart, a member of the Upper Nicola Band of the Okanagan nation. The abstract wall installation contrasts but relates to Stewart’s woven version of an old photograph on the left, called Sim – real/very, 2015. [Read more]

Busy April at BRG

Busy April at BRG

Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery has had a busy April. The Seriousness of Play: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas works opened and continues until October 2, 2016. Works by Yahgulanaas include many from his project Red, in his Manga style of drawing, and new sculptures. A book by Dr. Nicola Levell, with contributions by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and [Read more]

Flicker

Flicker

Flicker is an innovative dance piece by the Dancers of Damelahamid that combines west coast graphic design with a unique sceno-graphic hybrid of projected environments and live-action shadow dance. It is being performed at Vancouver’s Cultch Theatre, on May 25 to 20, 2016. Vividly rich imagery represents the ‘spirit world’, the mystical realm portrayed through [Read more]

Unceded Territories

Unceded Territories

The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia has organized the first major solo show of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s work. Unceded Territories will feature over 60 new and existing paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installation works that explore the colonialist suppression of First Nations peoples, and the ongoing struggle for Aboriginal rights to lands, resources, [Read more]

Unsettled Sites

Unsettled Sites

Unsettled Sites is a group exhibition of photography and video at Simon Fraser University’s SFU Gallery in Burnaby. It “slips amongst the complex entanglements of belonging and refusal from both settler and Indigenous perspectives.” Works by Tania Willard, Wanda Nanibush and Marian Penner Bancoft speak of ownership and settlement of land, ghosts, Indian burial grounds, [Read more]