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Kiosks celebrate Yellowknife's art and Indigenous history – Cabin Radio

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Yellowknifers may notice new artwork in their neighbourhood in the coming months and learn about Indigenous history in the process.

The city is installing six information kiosks across Yellowknife. They feature short stories from Yellowknives Dene Elders in English and Willideh alongside historical information and original artwork from local artists.  

The first kiosk was unveiled on Tuesday at the corner of Franklin Avenue and 50 Street. It features a Robyn Scott painting of a barren-ground caribou with its head “lifted toward the sky as if in a moment of hope.”

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“I’m just elated,” Scott told Cabin Radio at the unveiling ceremony. “The idea that I’m going to have a piece of artwork on my neighbourhood street for potentially a long time to come is really exciting to me. I’m very, very honoured.”

Jessica McVicker with a painting to be featured on a kiosk in Old Town. Emily Blake/Cabin Radio

Scott said it’s important to her as a settler to take part in reconciliation projects that aim to Indigenize spaces. She hopes her painting will also educate people about the decline of northern caribou populations.

Artwork by Jessica McVicker will appear on a kiosk to be installed in Old Town.

She said her painting, of a girl on a bed of flowers, is an interpretation of winter in the North.

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“I want to be part of really positive things in the community,” McVicker said of the kiosk project. “It’s something to be proud of.”

Ndilǫ Chief Ernest Betsina said the kiosks represent reconciliation and action by the City of Yellowknife to recognize the people, traditions and culture of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.

“We have lived here for thousands of years and continue to live here today. Since first contact we have welcomed people to our land in the spirit of sharing and respect,” he told a small crowd gathered on Tuesday.

“This kiosk is seen as a tool to teach people about our Dene heritage, history, and the culture.” 

Yellowknives Dene First Nation drummers opened Tuesday’s ceremony with a prayer song. Emily Blake/Cabin Radio

City councillor Julian Morse said the kiosk project is five years in the making and the result of collaboration with the First Nation, the city’s heritage committee, and city staff. 

“It’s important to highlight the significance of this moment. This is the first time heritage sites specifically significant to the Yellowknives Dene have been recognized by the city’s heritage committee,” Morse said.

The councillor said a permanent position has now been created for a representative of the First Nation on the city’s heritage committee. The city’s strategic plan prioritizes Indigenous history and perspectives, he said.

Four other kiosks will be installed at the RV fill station at the corner of Kam Lake and Old Airport Road, the corner of Franklin Avenue and 54 Street, the corner of Weaver and McDonald Drive, and Hank Koenen Park.

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Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre to host annual Christmas art show – Spruce Grove Examiner

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The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is encouraging people to shop local this holiday season and is hosting a craft show next month featuring local artists.

The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is hosting a Christmas arts sale in November, with attendance by ticketed appointment to control crowds. (Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre)

The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is encouraging people to shop local this holiday season so is hosting a craft show next month featuring local artists.

The Deck the Halls craft sale will feature original paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry and quilted items, and run for three days from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22.

To accommodate crowd size limits and safe social distancing, people are asked to register for a ticket and attend during a designated 45-minute time slot. Tickets are free, and masks are mandatory.

After the three-day sale, many goods will be available in the gallery during regular hours.

Find more information and tickets at creativeartscentre.com.

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Southern Alberta Art Gallery Is Honoured With A Blackfoot Naming Ceremony

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(Lethbridge) – A Blackfoot Naming Ceremony was held at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) on Friday, October 23, 2020.

The event began with a Treaty and Metis land acknowledgment. “We would like to acknowledge that the Southern Alberta Art Gallery is located on Treaty 7, as well as Métis Region 3, the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy, a historic collective name of the four bands that make up the Blackfoot or Blackfeet people: Siksika (Blackfoot), Kainai (Blood), Northern Piegan (Piikani), and Southern Piegan (Blackfeet, Montana). We also acknowledge the Stoney Nakota, Tsuu’tina, Inuit and Métis peoples of this area.”

The ceremony was then led by Elder Bruce Wolf Child and First Nations Education, Language & Cultural Consultant and Elder Mary Fox, and the SAAG was greatly honoured to receive the Blackfoot name Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin.

“The SAAG Board of Directors and Staff are extremely grateful that the gallery was gifted with a Blackfoot name by local Kainai Elders, and we are committed to our journey of living into this name,” stated SAAG Executive Director Kristy Trinier. “We are honoured to share the Blackfoot name and its meaning with our community.”

The name Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin connects the Blackfoot language words: maan it is new, siksikaitsitapii (of) our Blackfoot people, tsinikssin relating stories through the process of images and writings.

Bryce Singer, Niipáítapiiyssin (Life), 2019. Mixed media, limited edition print.

On the occasion of receiving Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin, local Kainai artist Bryce Singer was commissioned to create a limited series of commemorative artwork prints.

 

Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin can be interpreted as the new making of images, related to the telling of the Blackfoot peoples’ stories.

The name is well suited to SAAG and its leaders are honoured by the ceremony.

Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin describes contemporary art as the new process of making images and writings, related to the telling of ancient stories by Blackfoot people within Blackfoot territory: a continuation across time in the sharing of knowledge, culture, and history across southern Alberta.

“In prioritizing the health and safety of our community,” explained Trinier, “the Blackfoot Naming Ceremony took place with limited invitation-only capacity and precautionary measures, to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

“We plan to have a celebration with the greater community in the future when it is safe to do so.”

 

For more information and to view current and upcoming exhibits, visit saag.ca

Source: – WellandTribune.ca

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Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre to host annual Christmas art show – Hanna Herald

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The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is encouraging people to shop local this holiday season and is hosting a craft show next month featuring local artists.

The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is hosting a Christmas arts sale in November, with attendance by ticketed appointment to control crowds. (Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre)

The Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre is encouraging people to shop local this holiday season so is hosting a craft show next month featuring local artists.

The Deck the Halls craft sale will feature original paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry and quilted items, and run for three days from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22.

To accommodate crowd size limits and safe social distancing, people are asked to register for a ticket and attend during a designated 45-minute time slot. Tickets are free, and masks are mandatory.

After the three-day sale, many goods will be available in the gallery during regular hours.

Find more information and tickets at creativeartscentre.com.

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