Guest curated by Rhéanne Chartrand, Curator of Indigenous Art, McMaster Museum of Art





Opening Reception: Thursday, February 22, 6 - 9 PM

Exhibition on view: FEBRUARY 22 - APRIL 15, 2018



NEED A RIDE? Get on the FREE shuttle bus from Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Toronto) departing at 6 PM. Bus leaves the AGM at 8:30 PM for return trip to Toronto. RSVP on Eventbrite to reserve your seat!


Featuring works by: Kenojuak Ashevak, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Rosalie Favell, Rita Letendre, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Meryl McMaster, Caroline Monnet, Marianne Nicolson, Shelley Niro, Daphne Odjig, Annie Pootoogook, Rolande Souliere, and Olivia Whetung.

Indigenous female artists, much like their non-Indigenous sisters in the larger art world, have historically stood in the shadow of their male counterparts in terms of recognition and accolade for their work, despite having produced equally substantial, critical, and provocative bodies of work.

niigaanikwewag brings together notable works by senior, mid-career, and emerging female Indigenous artists to celebrate past, present, and future generations of kwes as integral to sustaining the creative spirit of Indigenous communities. Foregrounding kinship, the artworks in niigaanikwewag embody and express the blood ties Indigenous women have to each other and to [our] Mother Earth.

niigaanikwewag, which means “leader women” or “they who lead” (feminine, plural) in Anishinaabemowin, positions the female artists included in this curatorial project as leaders within Indigenous art.

niigaanikwewag is a one-year curatorial project bookended by two exhibitions that acknowledges and pays respect to the non-binary feminine creative spirit that continues to birth Indigenous futurities in provocative and meaningful ways.






Lisa Odjig Hoop Dancing Performance | Saturday, March 3, 2 - 3 PM

Join us in The Great Hall in the Mississauga Civic Centre for hoop dancing by Lisa Odjig, featuring singer/drummer Ian Akiwenzi. Hoop dancing is a traditional story telling dance and teaching dance. The hoops represent our connection to the earth, water, animals, birds, and to each other with a message to take care of Mother Earth and each other.


Curator’s Tour and Couzyn van Heuvelen Artist Talk | Saturday, March 10, 1 PM

See our exhibitions and enjoy a special double-bill art event on Saturday, March 10! Rhéanne Chartrand, guest-curator of niigaanikwewag, will give an exhibition tour beginning at 1 PM. Following the tour, artist Couzyn van Heuvelen will discuss his studio process as featured in Casting Hooks.




Image above: Caroline Monnet, Creatura Dada, 2016, digital still. Courtesy of the artist.