The Oxford Dictionary defines colonization as “The action or process of settling among and establishing control over the Indigenous People of an area,” and “The action of appropriating a place or domain for one's own use.” Though Canada’s colonization began over a century ago, its legacies continue to live on through its cultural and educational institutions.
Join Wanda Nanibush, co-curator of the newly transformed McLean Centre for Indigenous and Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, for a conversation with Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, as they explore their visions for - and challenges and successes in - confronting and disrupting colonial paradigms in their institutions.
Learn about what it takes to reshape the conversations around us, and foster spaces for true reconciliation.
Niigaanwewidam (Niigaan) Sinclair is Anishinaabe from Little Peguis, Manitoba and is an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine's "Canada's Top 20 Most Influential People" and one of the CBC Manitoba's "Top Forty Under Forty." He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CBC, CTV, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of newspapers like the Winnipeg Free Press, The Guardian and online with CBC and CBC books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is a highly sought speaker and facilitator across Canada and internationally with diverse audiences.
Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe curator, image and word warrior, and community organizer from Beausoleil First Nation, located in Southern Ontario. Nanibush has a Master’s degree in visual studies from the University of Toronto. Over the past two decades, Nanibush has served in a wide range of capacities from programmer and festival coordinator to Aboriginal arts officer and executive director. During that time, she worked with organizations such as ImagineNATIVE, LIFT, Optic Nerve Film Festival, Reframe Film Festival, the Ontario Arts Council, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, and the Association for Native Development in the Performing & Visual Arts (ANDPVA). Her curatorial credits include the exhibitions Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989and Rita Letendre: Fire & Light. Nanibush has published widely on the subject of Indigenous art as well as women’s issues, and is currently at work on her first book, titled Violence No More: The Rise of Indigenous Women. Most recently, Wanda curated Gershon Iskowitz Prize-winning artist Rebecca Belmore’s solo-exhibition titled, Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental, which is currently touring.
If you are a K-gr.12 teacher, school or system administrator, you are invited to join the post-event Educator round table discussions and ideation, 3:30 - 5:00 PM in the Weston Family Learning Centre
Admission for this event is Free, but Registration is required to attend.
This event is being presented by Facing History and Ourselves, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board, York Region District School Board, Peel District School Board, Durham District School Board, and Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, and in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario.