The Art Gallery of St. Albert (AGSA) is presenting a new exhibition, intended to redress the painful effects of colonization on Indigenous People in Canada.
Nintawin, meaning “my home” in Oji-Cree, features the works of Niamh Dooley, a band member of St. Theresa Point First Nation in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Treaty 5 territory. Her exhibition focuses on family connection, inter-generational knowledge sharing, reclaiming ancestral knowledge and, ultimately, uncovering one’s true self. Colonization, which manifested as forced assimilation, loss of land rights, and the residential school system, stripped Canada’s Indigenous people of their identities, displaced families and suppressed cultural practices. Dooley’s autobiographical paintings are inspired from old family photographs. They depict her large extended family as well as their cultural objects and showcase how her family’s traditions have been passed along through the generations.
Nintawin runs until March 28 at the Art Gallery of St. Albert.
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