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GTC Department of Cultural Heritage

Program and component
Creating, Knowing and Sharing, Short-Term Projects

Community
Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories

Field of practice
Media Arts

Grant amount
$85,000

Fiscal year
2020–21

First-time recipient

River Journeys Exhibition Showcases Modern and Traditional Indigenous Art

A photo of a winter landscape onto which is drawn a gun-wielding woman in a tent surrounded by a pack of wolves.
Still from short film Great-grandmothers confrontation with a pack of wolves, one of the 20 films presented at the River Journeys project. Photo: Gwichin Tribal Council, Department of Cultural Heritage

A partnership between the Dene at the headwaters of the Mackenzie River and the Gwich’in of the Mackenzie Delta will create an art exhibition that crosses time and territory.

Teaching the lessons of the past for the future

The Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) Department of Cultural Heritage and the Fort Simpson Historical Society will mark the 100th anniversary of Treaty 11—the last of the Numbered Treaties between First Nations and the Canadian government—with the River Journeys exhibition. The show will include 20 short films featuring Dene elders who were present when the Treaty Party visited in 1921. A range of traditional artwork will also be presented. Support from the Canada Council for the Arts will help the GTC expand River Journeys with new works by four young Indigenous artists.

Modern art with deeply rooted traditions

Two young Indigenous filmmakers will capture the art creation process, showing how ancient stories continue to inspire artists. The GTC hopes the contrast of traditional and modern works will encourage a young southern audience to see Dene history as they do: a triumphant survival of northern Indigenous communities through a century of unremitting challenges. River Journeys will be presented at the Fort Simpson Historical Centre, helping to establish a creative hub where young artists can pursue their work.

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