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Kent Monkman

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation.

He has had solo exhibitions at numerous Canadian museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. He has participated in various international group exhibitions including: The American West, at Compton Verney, in Warwickshire, England, Remember Humanity at Witte de With, Rotterdam, the 2010 Sydney Biennale, My Winnipeg at Maison Rouge, Paris, and Oh Canada!, MASS MOCA. Monkman has created site specific performances at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, The Royal Ontario Museum, and at Compton Verney, he has also made Super 8 versions of these performances which he calls “Colonial Art Space Interventions.” His award-winning short film and video works have been screened at national and international festivals, including Sundance, the Berlinale theToronto International Film Festival. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum London, The Glenbow Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, The Mackenzie Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry.

Indigenous affiliation


Region or community

Toronto and Prince Edward County

Demorestville, Ontario

Caroline Monnet

Artist statement

A self-taught multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Québec, Monnet uses cinema, painting, sculpture and installation to demonstrate a keen interest in communicating complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. Her work is often minimalist while emotionally charged and speaks to the beautifully intricate limbo of indigenous peoples today. Monnet has made a signature of working with industrial materials, combining the vocabulary of popular and traditional visual-cultures with the tropes of modernist abstraction to create unique hybrid forms. Monnet is always in the stage of experimentation and invention, both for herself and for the work.

Caroline Monnet is an Algonquin multidisciplinary artist working in Montreal, Quebec.

Indigenous affiliation

Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi, Qc.

Region or community

From Aylmer, Qc.

Lives in Montréal, Québec

Courtney Montour

Artist statement

As a queer filmmaker, I am also concerned with the striking absence of two-spirit, Indigenous stories being shared in our country.”

Growing up in the politically charged and opinionated Mohawk community of Kahnawake, I witnessed inspiring community collaboration as well as internal turmoil and lateral violence, particularly around issues of membership and identity in Kahnawake. This compels me to share the voices and stories of those who are often silenced and told they do not belong.

This led to a documentary web project Kahnawake Voices, giving the community a space that welcomes differing opinions on membership and identity. As a queer filmmaker, I am also concerned with the striking absence of two-spirit, Indigenous stories being shared in our country. My first documentary film Sex Spirit Strength focuses on the challenges and triumphs of two young Indigenous men shedding the stigma and shame associated with their sexual heath and gender identity. The goal and overall theme of my work is to bring visibility to queer issues and sexual health, and to create dialogue on our individual and collective Indigenous identity - who are we, what and who defines us?

Flat Rocks (2017) is poetic documentary short recounting 79 year-old farmer Louis Diabo’s relentless battle against the St. Lawrence Seaway expropriation that tore through his land and the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in the 1950s, forever changing their livelihood and the landscape of the community.

Courtney Montour is a Mohawk filmmaker from Kahnawake living in Montreal, Quebec.

Indigenous affiliation

Mohawk, Kahnawake Mohawk Territory

Region or community

Filmmaker - Kahnawake/Montreal

Montreal, Quebec

Calvin Morberg

Artist statement

I have been carving and working in the Tlingit style for almost fifteen years. The inspiration for my work comes from the old master carvers of the Pacific Northwest Coast. It was these old masters who laid the foundation and building blocks of this ancient art form. As an artist and carver I feel I have been given a significant role in carrying on the culture and traditions of my people for the future generations. It gives me a great sense of pride and accomplishment in doing so. I have never really looked at this work as a job or a career, but more as a way of life.

Calvin Morberg is a Tlingit carver and artist from Teslin, Yukon.

Starr Muranko

Artist statement

The through line that is present in all of my work is the connection to land, story, body and memory.”

Over the past several years I have consciously spent time exploring what it is that inspires me, interests me and moves me as both as a dance artist and as a woman. What are the threads that connect the stories that I am most drawn to exploring? The through line that is present in all of my work is the connection to land, story, body and memory. I am drawn to influences from nature and to stories and teachings from an Indigenous Worldview. I am inspired by work that challenges us and asks us to dig deeper into ourselves while following creative impulses both in the studio and in our daily lives.

I have trained as both a contemporary and traditional dancer, through my BFA in Dance (SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts), as well as traditional forms through my work over the past decade with the Dancers of Damelahamid (Gitxsan) and the study and practice within my own Cree lineage. While I most identify as a contemporary dance artist my influences are very much connected to traditional forms and the understanding of how the body itself carries echoes of those forms across generations.

Values of generosity, creative risk, mutual respect and an honouring of protocol are all important qualities to me that I strive to have present in each project and creative partnership that I engage in. Cultural identity, mentorships and inter-generational sharing are all an important aspect of my work and creative process. I believe that this has a direct relationship to the work that I have created and performed in to date and that I will continue to develop in the future.

Starr Muranko is a dancer from Moose Cree First Nation living in North Vancouver, B.C.

Indigenous affiliation

Moose Cree First Nation (Non-Status)

Region or community


North Vancouver

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