We Are On Treaty Land

Jeffrey M. Thomas, The Delegate, Portage and Main, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2005. C-print on paper. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2008-116.

The WAG is located on the traditional territory of Treaty No.1 and homeland of the Métis. The treaty was signed on August 3, 1871 at Lower Fort Garry. In acknowledgement, We Are On Treaty Land gathers interdisciplinary art by Indigenous artists from WAG’s permanent collection. Spanning the past 40 years, these paintings, prints, and photographs provide reflections influenced and informed by the territory’s land and treaty relations. Robert Houle, Rosalie Favell, KC Adams, Lita Fontaine, Murray McKenzie, Caje Shand, Daphne Odjig, Jeffrey Thomas, and Jackson Beardy are all represented. 

Historical objects collected from the territory bear artefactual witness of active Indigenous presence, agency, and cultural survival. On loan from The Manitoba Museum, they function within this exhibition to transcend traditional customary and contemporary aesthetics.

Together these works generate narratives that examine what it means to honour and recognize the enduring treaties and long-standing relationships between the First Nations and the Crown. We Are On Treaty Land supports knowledge consciousness of this territory’s history to better understand where we are today, and to move forward in collaboration.

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Past Programs & Events

  • Tour - We Are On Treaty Land

    Enjoy an enlightening exhibition tour of We Are On Treaty Land with Jaimie Isaac, WAG Curatorial Resident of Indigenous and Contemporary Art.

    Wednesday December 2, 2015 at 12pm

  • We Are On Treaty Land

    Dr. Ernest Cholakis, Chair, WAG Board of Directors, and Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO, invite you to celebrate the exhibition We Are On Treaty Land.

    Friday February 5, 2016 at 6:30pm

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