OO7 Collective: Ariel Smith, Barry Ace, Frank Shebageget, Leo Yerxa, Michael Belmore, Ron Noganosh and Rosalie Favell, with Special Agents Barry Pottle, Joi T. Arcand, Meryl McMaster

Image courtesy of Rosalie Favell

Joi Arcand, kiyām, neon chanel sign, 40.5 x 18, 2017

Meryl McMaster, Untitled, digital print, 48 X 63

Barry Ace, Kitchi Zibi Omamiwinini Anshinabe, digital print, 92 X 56 cm, 2017

Panel discussion: June 17, 2017, 4:00 pm
Opening reception: June 17, 2017, 7:00 pm

It’s Complicated is a response to Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017 by the OO7 (Ottawa Ontario 7) Collective and invited Special Agent artists. To Indigenous peoples of this land, from coast to coast to coast, 150 years represents a very minuscule passage of time, especially in terms of the longstanding presence and occupation of homeland territories. Yet this seemingly fleeting moment in time is monumental in its impact on Indigenous communities, culture, language, identity, rights, water, and land.

This exhibition by 10 Indigenous artists working in diverse artistic practices offers an alternative perspective to the widely propagated Canada 150 celebrations by revealing timely and poignant aspects of the convoluted historical and contemporary relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples. If there is any room for celebration in 2017 from an Indigenous perspective, it is a celebration of survivance, tenacity, and perseverance. It’s a complicated celebration.

Presented by Central Art Garage in partnership with the NAC's Canada Scene.


  • The OO7 Collective Barry Ace
  • Michael Belmore
  • Rosalie Favell
  • Ron Noganosh
  • Frank Shebageget
  • Ariel Smith
  • Leo Yerxa
  • With Special Agents Joi T. Arcand, Meryl McMaster, Barry Pottle
  • Special Guest Howard Adler

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