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Jason Baerg


Tom Hill
Tom Hill is a retired curator, writer, art Historian, artist, actor, producer and traditional eskanye singer. He has played an influential role in the development of Aboriginal visual arts in Canada and internationally and was the First Aboriginal art curator in Canada. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada, a member for the National First Nations Advisory Committee to the Canada Council, Board member for the Ontario Film Development Corporation, Co-chair for the National Task Force on Museums and First Peoples and Board member for the Ontario Museums Association and the Ontario Arts Council. He has also served as a Board member for Kahawi Dance Theatre, Chiefswood National Historic Site and The Centre for Indigenous Theatre. He currently serves on the Canada Council. He is a recipient of the Order of Ontario, the Governor General's award in Visual and media arts and an Honorary doctorate from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Jason Baerg
As a Cree Metis/German Visual Artist, Baerg has presented at such international art events as Art Basel Miami and Toronto International Art Fair. 2012 continues to excite as he has been selected to participate in residencies and exhibitions at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia), Waiariki Institute of Technology (New Zealand) and the state of the art Digital Dome at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe (USA). Jason Baerg has given formal artist talks at such institutions as New York City’s Parsons School of Design, the University of British Columbia Okanagan and the University of Toronto. Dedicated to Aboriginal Arts practices and capacity development, Jason Baerg continues to contribute to the community as Chair of the Board for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.

Wanda Nanibush
Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinabe-kwe writer, artist and curator. She has written for, exhibited at and curated for Fuse Magazine, Justina M Barnicke Gallery, Modern Fuel, WARC, The Literary Review of Canada among others. She is also the Executive Director of ANDPVA, the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts.

Tannis Nielsen
Tannis Nielsen is a Metis, of Cree and Danish descent. As a practicing professional Indigenous artist and academic, Tannis has focused her research interests upon the examinations of an anti-colonial, Fourth World/Indigenous paradigm, as well as the Western/Euro-centric paradigm, in order to further understand how certain theories born from the European Enlightenment period, have served as "an attempted justification" for the imperial domination over Indigenous peoples. In class, the pedagogical objective is to elucidate the negative effects of these theories, by utilizing the study/practice of (both Indigenous and Western) art, as a decolonization methodology. As an academic, Tannis has created/taught a variety of course listings, in both the Faculties of Arts and Liberal Studies at OCAD-University. As an educator she is located within the praxis of a critical method of instruction that places emphasis towards the ideas of political, cultural, spiritual, social and environmental justice. As an artist, Tannis has exhibited her works at such galleries as the Glenbow Museum in Calgary and has curated exhibitions such as the Enacting Emancipation show at A-SPace Gallery, with Vicky Paul as co-curator, which was created in order to address the similarity of colonial oppression(s) between the Indigenous peoples of North America and Palestine. The intention of curation was to unravel a universal, international system of colonial technique and strategy in order to reveal diverse, localized modes of resistance.Together, the artists in this exhibition – James Luna, Emily Jacir, Erica Lord, and John Halaka – signified the individualized experiences of Fourth World peoples who have been stripped of context and denied distinction, Tannis has also written a number of articles on arts and culture, some of which include Re-materializing the Matriarchy for Spirit Magazine.

A Critical & Political History of Indigenous Art in Canada


Be part of an intriguing discussion on the history of Indigenous Art in Canada that explores artists, culture, history, thinking, and meaning.

Featuring panelists Tom Hill, Tannis Nielsen, Wanda Nanibush, and Jason Baerg.

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