1. Initiatives
  2. Connecting with Sami Artists

On April 26, 2024, the Kode Museum in Bergen, Norway, will open a major international exhibition called Indigenous Histories. Curated by a collective of international Indigenous curators and launched by the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (Brazil), this exhibition is a collaboration with the Kode Museum and the National Gallery of Canada.

As part of the official exhibition opening, a delegation is being organized to bring together emerging Indigenous visual artists and curators with Indigenous exhibiting artists and curators at the Kode Museum’s opening and in Sami territory. This mentorship opportunity will be guided by Indigenous values and worldviews. The sharing of knowledge will be informal and focus on cultivating a collaborative learning experience.

The following delegates were selected to represent Canada in Norway:

  • Jim Logan, Ontario (Cree / Sioux-Metis) – Visual arts, curation, and arts administration
  • Tania Willard, British Columbia (Secwépemc) – Visual arts, curation and teaching
  • Stacey Koosel, Manitoba (Metis) – Curation
  • Yvonne Moorhouse, Alberta (Inuk) – Mixed media visual arts
  • Emily Best, Labrador (Inuk) – Ceramics/Traditional
  • Marie-Anne Redhead, Manitoba (Cree) – Curation
  • Cody Lefthand, Alberta (Stoney Nakoda) – Filmmaking


First Nations, Inuit or Métis visual artist and/or curator with less than 10 years of artistic practice, were eligible to apply to be part of this delegation. The participating delegates will:

  • contribute to a mentorship and sharing experience;
  • consider this an opportunity to advance professional development;
  • believe participation can help gain international exposure;
  • want to interact with other Indigenous artists and curators from around the world; and
  • be interested in learning about Sami arts and culture through local activities.

With the establishment of a Sami Parliament in 1989 and the recent release of Norway’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report, this delegation represents an opportunity for timely intercultural dialogue and reflection on the role of artists and arts organizations in building more inclusive art institutions across cultures.

Application process

Financial support for delegates to take part in this opportunity is $7,600.

The deadline to apply was March 8, 2024. Any incomplete or late applications were not assessed.

Letters of interest by applicants included:

  • Contact information (name, address, phone number and email)
  • Indigenous identification (First People’s group, Nation or territory and community or village)
  • A description of how this opportunity helps develop and enhance your career
  • Reasons why a mentorship opportunity is inspiring
  • Interest in the Sami People and Norway’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission report
  • An artistic resume and up to 3 samples of work

Applicants were asked to confirm availability for an orientation session the week of April 15, 2024, and availability to travel from April 18 to 29, 2024.

Application assessment

Eligible applications were assessed by a committee composed of Canada Council employees and Indigenous curators from the National Gallery of Canada.

All assessment committee decisions are final.

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Impact: The application highlights how the opportunity can develop and enhance the delegate’s career.
  • Relevance: The application demonstrates motivation to engage in a mentorship opportunity and confirms your interest in learning about Sami People and Norway’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.


The application deadline was March 8, 2024. We are no longer accepting applications.

One time competition

Grant Amount


Have questions about applying?

Contact the Council at creatingknowingandsharing@canadacouncil.ca or 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4038.

A Canada Council portal profile was not required to apply. Applications to this initiative do not count towards the maximum number that can be submitted to the Canada Council each year.

Personal information

Any personal information collected as part of this application will only be used in the context of this initiative. The Canada Council may share personal information with officials in other arts and cultural sector funding agencies and government institutions on a confidential basis. Shared information is limited to name, contact information, field of practice and project description, and is provided to assist with research, reporting, program planning and assessment, to present networking or economic opportunities or to respond to federal reviews.

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