Manitoba’s entry into Canadian confederation was fraught, marked not only by organized resistance, but also by deep and careful thinking about the future and its possibilities. Kwaata-nihtaawakihk – A Hard Birth will prompt you to reflect on the Metis nation’s role in Manitoba’s creation and consider the significance of the events of 1869-70 in relation to our current times. This exhibitions will guide you to a better understanding of the Metis, Anishinaabek, Cree, and European experiences of debate and negotiation, displacement, trauma, and resilience.
Kwaata-nihtaawakihk – A Hard Birth will bring together key archival documents, historic objects, and paintings with the work of 15 contemporary artists representing Metis, First Nations, and non-Indigenous communities. You’ll see extraordinary beadwork, painting, photography, film, textiles, sculpture, and performance art. Four artists are creating commissioned works for this exhibition, including Jennine Krauchi’s new large-scale beadwork piece.
You will feel this show’s presence throughout the Gallery with dynamic, educational programming that celebrates Metis culture. Stay tuned for special events, performances, screenings, workshops, and more!