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Indigenous Futures

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Program

DAY ONE

Thursday, November 30th

9am to 6pm

Woodland Cultural Centre,
Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, 184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON

TimeEvent
9.00amBUS departs downtown Toronto to Brantford. 

Reserve a spot on the bus for $35 to Woodland Cultural Centre. Spaces on the bus are limited on a first come first serve basis.
10.30amWELCOMING REMARKS

Heather George, Executive Director, Woodland Cultural Centre
10.45amTOUR of Woodland Cultural Centre
11.30amINAUGURAL SUMMIT CO-CHAIR REMARKS

David Garneau, Professor, Visual Arts, University of Regina
Zainub Verjee, Executive Director, Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
NoonLUNCH

THEME ONE

Public Institutions, Policy, Collections, Communities, Relationships and Care

TimeEvent
12:30pmINAUGURAL CONVERSATION

This conversation will explore, reflect, agitate, and imagine prospects of Indigenous future trajectories and learnings from the past.

Moderator Heather George, Executive Director, Woodland Cultural Centre

Speakers 
Jason Baerg, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Practices in Contemporary Painting and Media Art, OCAD University
Rick Hill, Sr., Indigenous Innovations Specialist, Mohawk College, Hamilton
Gerald McMaster, Curator, Artist, Author, Professor Emeritus, and Director of the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge, OCAD University
1:30pmPANEL

Unveiling the Illusion: Uniting Communities, Caring of Collections, and Fostering Reconciliation

How do we situate the idea of the public, its institutions and instruments? This panel addresses the need for care in approaching our collections, relationships and communities, and how we can understand the status of reconciliation.

Moderator Patricia Deadman, Curator, Woodland Cultural Centre

Panelists 
Karen Duffek, Curator, Contemporary Visual Arts & Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology
Janis Kahentóktha Monture, Executive Director & CEO, Canadian Museums Association
Ruth B. Phillips, Professor Emerita of Art History, Carleton University
3:00pmPANEL

The Status of Reconciliation – as a Concept, Practice and its Imaginary

This panel offers an exploration of reconciliation as offered to us through the TRC Report, and speaks to the challenges and promises of the pursuit of reconciliation. From different vantage points, the panelists will engage with the complexity of the task at hand – both in our public institutions as well as our lived experience.

Panelists
Russ Diabo, First Nations Policy Consultant, Member of Mohawk Nation, Kahnawake
Johnny Mack, Assistant Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law and First Nations & Indigenous Studies, UBC
4:45pmBUS returns to Toronto

DAY TWO

Friday, December 1st

10am to 4:30pm

Toronto Metropolitan University, Rogers Communications Centre, The Creative School—The Catalyst, 80 Gould Street, Toronto, ON

TimeEvent
10.00amWELCOMING REMARKS

THEME TWO

Making/Unmaking Exhibitions

TimeEvent
10:15amPANEL

Relational Practices, Hyper Localities, and Rigorous Work

When considering exhibition making, curators and programmers become gatherers of knowledge, relationships, stories, concepts, and space. In unmaking exhibitions we challenge frameworks that are no longer serving us and in doing so we provide alternative modes of presentation. On this panel, we ask questions about making exhibitions through practices that are relational and rigorous, and what it means to work in hyper local ways.

Moderator Camille Georgeson-Usher, Assistant Professor, Modern and Contemporary Indigenous Art, UBC

Panelists
Rachelle Dickenson, Senior Curator, Ottawa Art Gallery
Lillian O’Brien Davis, Curator of Collections & Contemporary Art Engagement, Art Gallery of York University
Ilana Shamoon, Deputy Director & Director of Programs, Toronto Biennial of Art
11.45amLUNCH
12.30pmKEYNOTE

Manifesto for Museums
This poetic, performative oration will build upon repetition, critical theory, museum studies and Lakota knowledge. Braiding exhibition space, curatorial practices, repatriation/collecting indigenous art -as the manifesto gathers – practicalities become clear.

Dana Claxton
Artist, Professor, and Head of the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, UBC.

THEME THREE

Collective Modes of Resistance

TimeEvent
1:00pmPANEL 

Indigenous Futurisms

Indigenous being and agency extends beyond traditional home territories. Indigenous folks increasingly occupy and transform colonial cultural institutions, live in territories far from home, and extend their presence into virtual spaces. How do Indigenous cultural workers working off-territory, away from the land, and within and without the usual publishing/curatorial realms retain their relations, responsibilities, and creative sovereignty?

Moderator David Garneau, Professor, Visual Arts, University of Regina

Panelists
Jackson 2bears, Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Arts Research and Technology, Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge, and artist/curatorial collective 2R0 Media
January Rogers, Artist/curatorial collective 2RO Media, Ohswé:ken/Six Nations of the Grand River
Santee Smith, Artist, Ohswé:ken/Six Nations
2:45pmPANEL 

Solidarity Movements


Who are we, whom do we serve? What does equity and inclusion look and feel like in transformed cultural institutions? What examples from beyond these institutions might inspire these transformations?  How are public art galleries relevant for social movement?

Moderator David Garneau

Panelists
​​Rebecca MacKenzie, Director of Communications, Canadian Museums Association
Cecily Nicholson,
Writer, and Assistant Professor, School of Creative Writing, UBC 
Carmen Papalia,
Social Practice Artist

DAY THREE

Saturday, December 2nd

10am to 4:30pm

Toronto Metropolitan University, The Creative School—The Catalyst
80 Gould Street, Toronto, ON

TimeEvent
10.00amKEYNOTE

Isabelle Mondou
Deputy Minister, Department of Canadian Heritage

THEME FOUR

Plurality of Indigenous Communities

TimeEvent
10:30amPANEL 

Navigating the Nexus: Forging a Harmonious Bridge Between Global Dynamics and Local Realities in Indigenous Movements

Global Indigenous movements have evolved, growing stronger and enduring resistance. The multitude that makes for global Indigenous movements have been shaped by both inner strength and external pressures, including lateral violence and historical narratives. What is the role of art, cultural institutions, in resolving the tensions between the local and global on one hand, and on the other, to offer a new knowledge and a pathway for creation of public institutions and their pedagogies towards resolving conflicts.

Moderator Ryan Rice, Executive Director + Curator, Indigenous Art, Onsite Gallery, OCAD University

Panelists
Tarah Hogue, Curator (Indigenous Art), Remai Modern, Saskatoon
Julia Lafreniere, Head of Indigenous Ways and Equity, Winnipeg Art Gallery – Qaumajuq
Nancy Marie Mithlo, Professor, Department of Gender Studies and Affiliated Faculty American Indian Studies Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
NoonLUNCH
12.30pmIN CONVERSATION

Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, Winnipeg Art Gallery 
Julia Lafreniere, Head of Indigenous Ways and Equity, Winnipeg Art Gallery – Qaumajuq

Moderator Zainub Verjee, Executive Director, Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
1.15pmWORKSHOP

Practicing Generative Criticality: Reframing Critique as Community Building

This workshop will explore generative critique for a resilient arts community, and discover the power of constructive critique in fostering a thriving arts sector. Join us to discuss effective critique, its shortcomings, and strategies for improvement.

Facilitator Camille Georgeson-Usher, Assistant Professor, Modern and Contemporary Indigenous Art, UBC

THEME FIVE

Generation Next

TimeEvent
2.30pmPANEL

Knowledge Transfer and Leadership

Hear how Indigenous leaders and next generation Indigenous artists are working with their communities on consideration of care, accessibility, mentorship, and empowering lived experience.

Moderator Nahed Mansour, Artist, and Galleries Ontario Board Secretary

Panelists 
Bryenton Innes, Artist, and Historian
Nico Williams, Multi-Disciplinary Artist, and 2021 Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art
Rhéanne Chartrand, Curator
4.00pmCLOSING REMARKS