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Rebecca Belmore, a member of the Lac Seul First Nation (Anishinaabe), is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist. Rooted in the political and social realities of Indigenous communities, Belmore’s works make evocative connections between bodies, land and language. In 2005, she was Canada’s official representative in the Venice Biennale, an international contemporary art exhibit.Read More
Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated was a collaborative group was co-founded by renowned Indigenous artist Daphne Odjig along with six others in the early 1970s. They fought for inclusion of their work and other Indigenous artists’ work in mainstream Canada. Their work was celebrated by Regina’s MacKenzie Art Gallery Sept. 21 2013 to Jan. 12, 2014Read More
Daphne Odjig, an internationally recognized and renowned artist, was one of Canada’s most celebrated Indigenous artists. Her work exposed political issues, the marginalization of Indigenous children and women, and the issues of colonization. Along with being the first First Nation woman artist to show at the National Gallery of Canada, Odjig received the Order of Canada, the Order of British Columbia, and seven honorary degrees.Read More
The REDress Project focuses on the issue of missing or murdered Aboriginal women across Canada. It is an installation art project based on an aesthetic response to this critical national issue. The project has been installed in public spaces throughout Canada and the United States as a visual reminder of the staggering number of women who are no longer with us.
Artist Ruth Cuthand was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, of plains Cree, Scottish and Irish ancestry. Her creative practice ranges from printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, and beadwork and influenced by her childhood experiences of diseases, settler/Native relationships and living conditions of Indigenous peoples.Read More
KC Adams is a Winnipeg-based Indigenous and social activist artist who brings out the dynamic relationship between nature (the living) and technology (progress) through art works. Visit her website to explore her art works ranging a wide variety of style.Read More
Follow incredible Indigenous beaders on Instagram and consider purchasing their work, including:
Jaymie Campbell – White Otter Design Co
Syke Paul – RunningFoxBeads
Elias Jade Not Afraid – EliasNotAfraid
Lenise Omeasoo – AntelopeWomanDesigns
Hollis Chitto – Hchitto
Catherine Blackburn – CatherineBJewellery
Tania Larsson – Tania.Larsson
Tayler Gutierrez – KamamabeadworkRead More
Brown Town Muddy Water honours the relationship between Indigenous people and the meeting place known as The Forks.
This film chronicles musicians who shaped Winnipeg’s main street in the 1960’s like the late Percy Tuesday, Errol Ranville and Billy Joe Green. For the emerging urban Aboriginal community, echoes of home sounded through music, dance, story and gatherings. Peoples lived experiences of emergence, segregation, racism, camaraderie and resistance are as resilient as the downtown streets of Winnipeg. The professional musicians that grew up on this notorious strip paved the road to success for forthcoming generations of Indigenous artists.Read More
Watch the NFB’s Stories Are in Our Bones
Filmmaker Janine Windolph takes her young sons fishing with their kokum, a residential school survivor who retains a deep knowledge and memory of the land. The act of reconnecting with their homeland is a cultural and familial healing journey for the boys, who are growing up in the city.Read More
Read the works of Richard Van Camp, a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT, Canada from Fort Smith, NWT. He is a graduate of the En’owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria’s Creative Writing BFA Program, and the Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.Read More
N’we Jinan works to amplify voices and stories of Indigenous youth by providing tools to create communication. They work to validate the narratives and experiences of young people and supplies platforms, like Facebook, through which they can share with and further relate to their greater community.Read More
Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre is an ambitious theatre company based in Saskatoon that presents unique Indigenous theatre and youth programs. Attend their plays or donate. If Indigenous theatre is not in your community, read plays by longtime GTNT contributor, playwright/actor Curtis Peeteetuce or Canadian icon Thomson Highway.
Also, check out the Poundmaker Indigenous Performance Festival, with it’s goal of celebrating the talent and diversity of local Indigenous singers, dancers, poets, and actors.Read More
One Thunderous Voice is a project that brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to engage in e-journalism projects at community events focused on Truth and Reconciliation. Teachers and students from two schools have joined forces: the Constable Robin Cameron Education Complex at Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation, and Aden Bowman Collegiate Institute in Saskatoon, SK.Read More
Allen Sapp was a Cree painter from Red Pheasant Cree Nation who resided in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. His art and his story have become well known throughout Canada.
Daphne Odjig was a Canadian First Nations artist of Odawa-Potawatomi-English heritage. Her painting is often characterized as Woodlands Style. She was the driving force behind the Professional Native Indian Artists Association, colloquially known as the Indian Group of Seven.
Alex Simeon Janvier is a pioneer of contemporary Canadian Aboriginal art in Canada and a member of the Indigenous Group of Seven. He was born in Cold Lake First Nation and is of Dene and Saultaux descent.
Jerry Whitehead is a Cree artist from Peter Chapman First Nation. Powwow and powwow dancers have remained an important theme and inspiration for his work.
Christi Belcourt is a Métis visual artist and author best known for her acrylic paintings which depict floral patterns inspired by Métis and First Nations historical beadwork art. Belcourt’s work often focuses on questions around identity, culture, place and divisions within communities.Read More
Find art galleries in your community that showcase the work of Indigenous artists. Visual and performance artists that focus on Indigenous historical, traditional and contemporary art can inspire and educate. Here are some around Saskatchewan: Wanuskewin, First Nations University Art Gallery, Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective Regina
Or visit The Allen Sapp Gallery: The Gonor Collection virtually or in person in North Battleford!Read More
The Indigenous Group of Seven in Muskrat Magazine
Jackson Beardy (Cree), Eddy Cobiness (Ojibway), Alex Janvier (Dene, Saulteaux), Norval Morrisseau (Ojibway), Daphne Odjig (Potawatomi, Odawa), Carl Ray (Cree) and Joseph Sanchez (Pueblo, Spanish, German) are the Indigenous visual artists that are now recognized as The Indigenous Group of Seven. Read about their contributions!
Use these sources to connect with the outstanding voices in Canada’s poetry scene. Interested in spoken word poetry? Some prominent and inspiring voices include Tenille Campbell, Kevin Wesaquate, Zoey Pricelys Roy, and ecoaborijanelle.
Connect with us to recommend an Indigenous poet!Read More
The Native Drums web project is a diverse dialogue on culture, history and traditional knowledge with Indigenous cultural partners, educational institutions, government and private industry. Centred around the central themes of drums and music of Canadian First Peoples, Native Drums traces the history, mythology, and significance of the drum in traditional societies of Canada’s Eastern Woodlands, compared with Western Coastal regions in terms of history, arts and culture.Read More
Listen to episodes of Reclaimed, CBC’s Indigenous music program. Get to know nominees and winners of the Indigenous Music Awards. Watch videos showcasing Canada’s top Indigenous musicians. Here are some lists and artists to start you off!
We hate trying to fit these genre-defying artists into categories, but hope it will help you find your next favourite artist.
FOLK, ROCK, SINGER/SONGWRITER Buffy Saint-Marie, Andrea Menard, Digging Roots, Susan Aglukark, Winston Wuttunee, John Arcand, Tomson Highway
ALTERNATIVE Tanya Tagaq, iskwē, Jeremy Dutcher, Melody McKiver
CLASSICAL Cris Derksen
COUNTRY Crystal Shawanda, Shane Yellowbird
ELECTRONIC A Tribe Called Red
HIP HOP T-Rhyme, Eekwol, Drezus, JB The First Lady, Joey Stylez
TRADITIONAL Northern Cree
Want to recommend an artist for this list? Send it to us!Read More
The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network has many Indigenous children’s TV shows to choose from, including for example Louis Says, a show about an Aboriginal elder who speaks mostly Cree and a 10-year old boy who speaks only English. Some episodes can also be watched online.Read More
Friendship Centres provide services to urban Indigenous communities. Friendship Centres were first established in the 1950s, and there are now more than 100 Centres across Canada. Find your local Friendship Centre through the National Association of Friendship Centres or visit:
Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Indian & Métis Friendship Centres