Indigenous Art Gallery Connections

Experience art in Canada like never before

Opened to critical acclaim in June of 2017, the Indigenous and Canadian Galleries present a new way to view the cultural riches of this land. In these transformed Galleries, the parallel and, at times, interrelated stories of Canadian and Indigenous art in Canada are brought together in one unforgettable display of masterpieces. Almost 800 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, silver, and decorative art objects from across Canada are on view, dating from 5,000 years ago to 1967.

National Gallery of Canada Indigenous and Canadian Galleries

Jessie Oonark – The Day of the Sun

The summer solstice has been celebrated and deeply cherished by Indigenous peoples across the globe since time immemorial. Occurring when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky, this important celestial event is the day with the longest period of sunlight. In the days surrounding the summer solstice, when the sun travels along its northernmost path, there is continuous daylight within the Arctic Circle, where Inuit artist Jessie Oonark lived her entire life

Jessie Oonark – The Day of the Sun

Culture at the Centre

Culture at the Centre is an unprecedented exhibition from the Museum of Anthropology that offers insight into the important work Indigenous-run cultural centres and museums in British Columbia are doing to honour and support their culture, history and language. Five centres are showcased, representing six communities: Musqueam Cultural Education Centre, Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre, Nisg̱a’a Museum, and Haida Gwaii Museum and Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay.

Culture at the Centre

Audain Art Museum

What unites many contemporary British Columbia First Nations artists is an understanding and admiration for materials, a demonstrated commitment to excellence, and a reverence for ancestral works of art. Ceremonial masks have always been an integral part of First Nations culture.

Audain Art Museum