UNCEDED | Aboriginal Student Art Exhibition
March 26 – April 7, 2015, 10am – 6pm
Opening Reception | Thursday, March 26, 4:30 – 6:30pm
On National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2013, the Mayor of the City of Vancouver took the extraordinary step of declaring a Year of Reconciliation, a year-long effort that seeks to heal from the past and build new relationships between Aboriginal peoples and all Vancouverites. A year later, on June 24, 2014, the City of Vancouver formally acknowledged that the city of Vancouver is on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. This was an important acknowledgement, as it validates what First Nations have been saying since before confederation.
But what does unceded mean?
In this year’s exhibition, students will explore the meaning of the term unceded, and consider how this can be applied in other contexts – art, culture, language, social traditions, traditional economies, and intellectual properties, to name a few. Participating artists will present works that speak to these contexts, and provide personal, familial and/or tribal perspectives on the idea of unceded.
Unceded is curated by current students William Callaghan, Lou-ann Ika’wega Neel and Richard Heikkila-Sawan.