Carpe Fin is a Haida manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. In his work he explores themes of identity, environmentalism and the human condition through art and speaking opportunities to communicate a world view that while particular to Haida Gwaii - his ancestral North Pacific archipelago - he notes this is also relevant to a contemporary and internationally-engaged audience. Carpe Fin is a story of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss through human interference. Setting off to Lord’s Rock a group of friends try to kill a sealion by gun or pointy stick.
Voices from the Skeena is a collaboration between oral historian Robert Budd and artist Roy Henry Vickers. The Skeena River, the second longest in British Columbia, and called the Xsien or Water of the Clouds by the Tsimshian and Gitksan for the role it plays in their lives, is also the focus of voices of other past inhabitants of the region. In this respect, by the 1800s the river was also home to gold seekers, traders, salmon fishers and other settlers drawn to the region by the area's beauty and natural resources.
Ekpahak, Where the Tide Ends is a dual language art book from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery of New Brunswick. It is one exhibition of their vision of enriching life through art. Ekpahak was co-curated by Mi'kmaq artist Alan Syliboy and Terry Graff, the Gallery's Deputy Director and Chief Curator who surveyed the art of New Brunswick's First Nations artists and Maliseet and Mi'kmaq communities. Their curation was based on a road trip to the province's reserves. Ekpahak was on view from June 21 to August 31, 2009 at the Gallery.
The Song Within My Heart is now available in paperback and is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.
Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay authored by Shane Koyczan is a dual language English and Cree poem and art book. It includes the artwork by Kent Monkman, Joseph Sánchez, Jim Logan and Nadia Kwandibens. The Cree translation is provided by Solomon Ratt. With Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay, Koyczan hopes to continue the conversations after the polarizing 150 years celebration of Canada as a nation.
‘Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket’ tells the story of the making of the Witness Blanket, a living work of art conceived by Carey Newman, Hayalthkin'geme, who is a multidisciplinary artist and master carver. In his artistic practice he strives to highlight Indigenous, social or environmental issues. The Witness Blanket includes hundreds of items collected from residential schools across Canada, everything from bricks, photos and letters to hockey skates, dolls and braids.
Perception: A Photo Series is a collection of 32 thought-provoking black and white images of First Nation, Inuit and Métis men and women living in Winnipeg during 2014. This photography and book project was inspired by racist comments made by a non-Indigenous political candidate about Indigenous people. These comments indicated a level of racial discrimination remained active and commonplace in this large urban centre. KC Adams set to work to photograph Indigenous people who volunteered to pose for two photographs.