Nearly half of the WAG’s permanent collection is composed of work by Indigenous artists.

The vast majority of the WAG’s Indigenous collection—nearly 14,000 objects—are carvings, drawings, prints, and textile work by Inuit artists such as Kiugak Ashoona, Oviloo Tunnillie, and Abraham Anghik Ruben. Located on Treaty No. 1 Territory, the homeland of the Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininiwak, Dakota, Dene, and Métis peoples, the WAG is focusing a growing collection of work by First Nations and Metis artists with strong ties to Manitoba, including Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig, and Robert Houle. There is also increasing representation of younger generations of contemporary Indigenous artists from across Canada and beyond, such as Kent Monkman, K. C. Adams, Meryl McMaster, Ursula Johnson, Joi T. Arcand, and Jonathan Jones.

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Works in the Collection

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery is located on Treaty No. 1 the original lands and waters of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininiwak, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
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