Braiding Our Stories: First Voices Week Exhibition


Craig Commanda
Alyssa Isaac
Katie Lamarche
Melanie Lefebvre
Rupert MacKie
Jason Sikoak
Dion Smith-Dokkie
Corey Thomas
Destiny Thomas
Aidan Thorne
Danyelle Orwick
Lindsay Visitor

VERNISSAGE: 6-9PM ! Tuesday February 5th

EXHIBITION OPEN: 9AM–9PM, Monday–Friday February 4th-15th

Braiding Our Stories engages with the diversities of Indigeneity, bringing together twelve Indigenous voices that use storytelling in their artistic practices—as both method and meaning—to explore links between place, culture, kinship, and identity.

In her book, “Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts” (2009), Cree scholar Margaret Kovach notes that as Indigenous peoples, “our knowledges cannot be universalized because they arise from our experience with places” (Kovach 2009, 61).

Throughout this show—located on unceded lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation—we seek to create a space that fosters Indigenous cross-cultural storytelling and knowledge sharing. We aim to spark a dialogue that “resists singular/homogenized narratives” of Indigenous identity and instead, emphasizes the interconnectedness of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island through place, practices, and histories (Gualtieri and Homsi Vinson 2018, 8).

— Alexandra Nordstrom (Plains Cree, Euro-Canadian), Curator Juliet Mackie (Métis, Cree, Dené, English), Assistant Curator

This event is open and free to the public.
Galerie VAV Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
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