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Indigenous Talking Circle

Wednesday, March 14


The Emily Carr Students’ Union is hosting an Indigenous talking circle in collaboration with the Aboriginal Gathering Place. Students and faculty will have the chance to ask questions anonymously and questions will be discussed through facilitators to emphasize anonymity.
Participants will write down their questions and submit it into a ‘hat’ and will be answered one by one by the group.
This is an inclusive event inviting all students to join in and participate in fruitful discussion.
Bannock provided courtesy of the friendship center & the ECSU.





Spark Artist Talk No. 18 featuring Levi Nelson

Spark Artist Talk No. 18 featuring Levi Nelson
Thursday, March 15 at 12:15 PM – 1 PM
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver

Spark Artist Talks is an informal lunchtime artist talk series hosted by grunt gallery in the Native Education College longhouse on the third Thursday of each month. This event features emerging Indigenous artists with diverse practices ranging from animation to street art, spoken word to sculpture. Bring your bagged lunch or grab some home-cookin’ from the NEC’s canteen and join the fireside conversation about what inspires artists.

Levi Nelson is an Aboriginal artist from the Lil’wat Nation located in Mount Currie, British Columbia. He is currently in his third year at Emily Carr University of Art + Design majoring in visual arts, with a focus on painting. Levi favours the medium of oil paint and has most recently taken an interest in printmaking, via silkscreen and lithography. His work can be described as contemporary First Nations art; fusing traditional North West Coast shape and form-line with conventional colours and composition. This past year Levi has exhibited his work in the Emily Carr University annual Aboriginal Art Exhibition, the Museum of Anthropology, the Talking Stick Festival and in the Pushing Boundaries show at North Vancouver City Art Scape.


Shawn Hunt Artist Talk

Public Talks + Conferences
Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Reliance Theatre | First floor

Join us for an artist talk by Shawn Hunt.

Shawn Hunt was born in Vancouver Canada in 1975. He is an artist of Heiltsuk, French and Scottish ancestry. He has a diploma in studio art from Capilano college as well as a BFA from the University of British Columbia where he majored in sculpture and drawing. Shawn comes from a family of artists. His father is Bradley Hunt, a prominent Heiltsuk artist with whom he apprenticed for 5 years. Shawn also did an apprenticeship with Coast Salish painter Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun from 2012 – 2015. Shawn’s work takes on a complexity of influence from both his training in traditional Heiltsuk design, wood carving, jewelry carving and painting and his engagement with contemporary questions of subversion, preconception and fluid meanings. Hunt has recently completed a commissioned project with Microsoft and presented a projection mapped video at the Vancouver Art Gallery for Facade Fest 2018.

Visual Art Forums is presented by the Audain Faculty of Art.


Final Poster for show AGP 2018 feb 6th

Sháman’stut: Aboriginal Student Exhibition

February 16th – 27th
Mid exhibition celebration – Wednesday, February 21st 4:30pm

Sháman’stut (Shaw-men-tsote) comes from the Squamish language and bears a dual meaning; to rise to the surface and to be able to heal or fix one’s self and others. Rise to the surface references how art comes to be actualized and subject matter explored. To be able to heal or  fix one’s self and others speaks to the function art in conveying meaning to viewers and the healing process that happens within the artist in actualizing their work. In broader terms it is the process by which something moves and
becomes visible.
Emily Carr University is situated on unceded, traditional and ancestral xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. As the inaugural and annual Indigenous student exhibition at the Great Northern Way campus, Sháman̓stut seeks to reify our relationship to place.

Curators: Nicole Preissl, Lacie Burning, M V Williams, Veronica R Waechter Danes

Final Poster for show AGP 2018 feb 6th


Scháyilhen Visual Arts Exhibition

Salmon Going Up River (Scháyilhen) immediately invokes a sense of urgency, of struggle, of passion. Questions arise: is it about the journey, the destination, the mission, or is the motive of greatest significance? Is failure an option?

Twelve Indigenous artists have been gathered to address the notion of Salmon Going Up River. From Danielle Bobier’s inorganic grid-lines and circular pools evocative of the built environment in Catchment Area (2017) routed from salvaged mahogany plywood; to Shain Jackson’s twenty-foot natural and painted red cedar with abalone inlay Legacy salmon sculpture; and collections of found objects as in Jay Haven’s Bargain Hunter made from bags gathered from retail stores on reserves throughout British Columbia—themes and stories begin to unravel.
Within a climate of reconciliation, the metaphor of Salmon Going Up River speaks about remembering, of going home—it’s about the future and of survival. It is directional, of going forward by way of the past. Yet, the past at best serves as a guidepost. The journey is arduous and painful, fraught with seemingly impossible barriers demanding multiple attempts to overcome—bruises and battle scars added at each rung. Fight we must, but with each other? Is the river and its many obstacles not battle enough?
There are resting pools along the way—so easy to linger; to set up residence. Complacency threatens. And so the conversation begins.

Richard Heikkilä-Sawan exhibition curator, Talking Stick Festival 2018


Danielle Bobier | Destanie Clayton | Brenda Crabtree | Jay Havens | Shain Jackson |  Maynard Johnny | Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐊᐧᐣ | Corey Moraes | Kajola Morewood |
Lou-ann Neel | Levi Nelson | Michelle Sound

Dates & Time:
Opening & Reception: February 14, 2018 @ 7pm
Exhibition: February 14-24, 2018, 10am – 10pm
Roundhouse Performance Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3)



Maureen Gruben QULLIQ: In Darkness, Light

Maureen Gruben
QULLIQ: In Darkness, Light

2 February to 15 April 2018
Opening Reception Thursday, Feb 1 at 7:30 pm
Artist walk-through Friday, Feb 2 at 12:00 pm

The Libby Leshgold Gallery is pleased to present QULLIQ: In Darkness, Light, a solo exhibition of new work by Maureen Gruben. The qulliq is a traditional oil lamp that was once the heart of the home. It was used to heat, to cook and to bring continuous light during the darkness of the Arctic winter. The new work included in this exhibition explores notions of light and transparency related to the light of the oil lamp as well as the translucence of ice.

Gruben forges critical links between threatened Arctic lands and communities, and international environmental and human conditions through disassembling and re-forming polar bear fur, moose hides, seal skins, gathered kelp. In her work, abstraction of form sits in active tension with the acutely ‘real’ presence of her geographically and culturally embedded mediums.

Gruben spent much of her childhood sewing with her mother, who was a seamstress, and trapping with her father. She has a tacit knowledge of Arctic land and the rich but increasingly precarious resources it offers. Frequently addressing themes such as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), melting ice, and the rights of indigenous hunters to maintain their way of life, Gruben’s practice is permeated with activism while at the same time allowing generous room for her materials themselves to speak. While referring explicitly inwards to localised acts of hunting, gathering, communal preparation and sharing—and even to individual animals—her work, equally, extends decisively outwards, exploring new visual languages that offer compelling and often urgent global associations.

Maureen Gruben is based in Victoria, BC and Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. She was born in Tuktoyaktuk and studied at Kelowna Okanagan College of Fine Arts (Diploma in Fine Arts, 1990), the Enʼowkin Centre in Penticton (Diploma in Fine Arts and Creative Writing, 2000 and Certificate in Indigenous Political Development & Leadership, 2001), and University of Victoria (BFA, 2012). She has been recognized by Kelownaʼs En’owkin Centre with both their Eliza Jane Maracle Award (1998/99) and their Overall Achievement Award (1999/2000). In 2011 she was awarded the Elizabeth Valentine Prangnell Scholarship Award from the University of Victoria. Gruben has most recently exhibited in the group shows Blink at University of Victoria (2012) and Custom Made at Kamloops Art Gallery (2015), 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact at Art Gallery of Guelph (2017-18), and as part of Landmarks/Reperes2017; her first solo show, UNGALAQ (When Stakes Come Loose) opened at Vancouver’s grunt gallery in 2017.


Lacie Burning artist talk

Spark Artist Talks is an informal lunchtime artist talk series hosted by grunt gallery in the Native Education College longhouse on the third Thursday of each month. This event features emerging Indigenous artists with diverse practices ranging from animation to street art, spoken word to sculpture. Bring your bagged lunch or grab some home cookin’ from the NEC’s canteen and join the fireside conversation about what inspires artists.

Artist Biography:
Lacie Burning is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Onondaga (patrilineally) artist and curator raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River located in Southern Ontario. They work in photography, video, installation, and sculpture and are currently in their third year of studies in the Visual Fine Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Having come from a culturally and politically grounded upbringing, their work focuses on politics of Indigeneity and identity from a Haudenosaunee perspective.

Thursday, January 18 at 12:15 PM – 1 PM
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1H2

Smashing the mirror to call our bodies home
by Lacie Burning and Lindsay Nixon in Canadian Art Magazine.


ECU Community Talking Circle

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 11:30am – 12:30pm

Aboriginal Gathering Place | Room C2290, 2nd floor

Join us and share your experiences now that we’ve wrapped up the first semester in our new home.

The Aboriginal Gathering Place is hosting a Community Talking Circle with guests Ron Burnett and Bonne Zabolotney. This is an opportunity to learn from our shared past and move forward to a renewed future.

Squamish cultural leader Gene Harry will welcome everyone and Laura Lee Way Laq will facilitate the Talking Circle.


MOA: Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving

Sunday November 19
Free admission 12 – 5 p.m.
Remarks and presentations 1:15 p.m.
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Musqueam and the Museum of Anthropology invite you to celebrate the opening of The Fabric of Our Land, an exhibit that will take you on a journey of over 200 years of Salish weaving.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the earliest Salish hand-woven blankets in existence. On loan from museums in Europe and the United States, these stunning weavings will give visitors an up-close view of rare Salish designs that we hope inspire you to learn more about the rich histories of this cultural practice.

This exhibit seeks to support contemporary weavers engaged in the ongoing revitalization of Salish weaving. Throughout the duration of the exhibit, visitors will have opportunities to experience weaving by trying it themselves. This exhibit will be on view in MOA’s Audain Gallery from November 19 2017 to April 15 2018.

$2 PARKING: Use coupon code FABRIC at the pay station from 12 p.m. onward.