First Nations, Métis, Inuit
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Resources
A number of resources are available on the EIPS Division website.
- Land and People Acknowledgment
- Truth and Reconciliation
- ReconciliACTION Newsletters
The Art of Truth an Reconciliation
"The Art of Truth and Reconciliation” by George Littlechild
March 9 – April 29, 2018
Unveiling Reception, March 9 @7 p.m.
Artist in attendance
George Littlechild, through his art-practice discusses identity displacement and cultural genocide from his own personal experience. George was part of a large-scale scoop where aboriginal children were taken from their home communities and placed into white adoptive or foster families in the 1950s and ’60s. It wasn’t until George was in his twenties that he reconnected with the Hobbema community where his birth family were from and met aunts, uncles, and siblings he never knew he had. Unfortunately, George’s birth parents had passed away before he had a chance to meet them. Both of George’s parents attended a residential school, as did his aunts and uncles. George delivers his work to audiences to create a dialogue between both the Aboriginal communities and the Colonial communities as a method of healing through shared experience.
This exhibition marks the an important new direction for Gallery@501; moving forward we will present an annual exhibition in partnership with indigenous people and in acknowledgement of the Treaty 6 land that we share with the Cree and Métis people.
Gallery@501 would like to acknowledge and thank the Edmonton Community Foundation for their support of this exhibit and Artist in Residence program with Pine Street Elementary School. We would also like to thank Strathcona County for their continued support and the Festival Place Cultural Arts Foundation for their ongoing support of our art education programs. A special thank you also goes out to Elder Wilson Bearhead for his direction and guidance.