Galerie SAW Gallery 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
Galerie SAW Gallery 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa

Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory, Timiga nunalu, sikulu (My body, the land and the ice), 2016.

Video (still), 6:28. Video by Jamie Griffiths. Music by Chris Coleman featuring vocals by Celina Kalluk. Courtesy of the artist.

Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch, Onaman Collective, Reconciliation with the Land and Waters, 2016. Acrylic on buffalo robe. Buffalo robe gifted to Onaman Collective by Grand Chief Derek Nepinak.

Photo: Dennis Ha. Courtesy of the artists.

Maria Hupfield, Post Performance / Conversation Action, Galerie del'UQAM, 2016.

Photo: Maxim Paré-Fortin. Courtesy of the artist.

Tania Willard, Basket Rescue Operation (talking to Peter Morin and remembering Dana Claxton’s talk for the BCMA in Whistler) from the series Only Available Light, 2016. Birch bark basket (reclaimed from antique store), cedar root, copper foil, laser cut text.

Ursula Johnson, Cassandra Smith and Cease Wyss, Ke’tapekiaq Ma’qimikew: The Land Sings, grunt gallery, 2016.

Photo: Merle Addison. Courtesy of the artists.

Opening reception:  June 18, 2017, 5 pm

Strategically centering Indigenous women as vital presences across multiple platforms, #callresponse is a multifaceted project that includes a touring exhibition, website, social-media platform, and catalogue. Beginning with a series of local art commissions by Indigenous women and artists whose home communities span the country, the project is geographically expansive yet brought together in the physical space of the gallery and the virtual space of the Internet. Envisioning the initial commissions as a call to action, each artist has invited a guest to respond to their work. The resulting works are exhibited together alongside a series of engaging public performances and events.

#callresponse is produced in partnership with grunt gallery and generously supported by the {Re}conciliation initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Additional funding support from the British Columbia Arts Council. Presentation partners include BUSH Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, FADO Performance Art Centre, Kamloops Art Gallery, OFFTA live art festival, the National Arts Centre, and the Native Education College.

Presented by SAW Gallery in partnership with the NAC’s Canada Scene.

Use the hashtag #callresponse to get involved in the conversation!


  • Artists Christi Belcourt
  • Maria Hupfield
  • Ursula Johnson
  • Tania Willard
  • Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
  • Guest respondents Isaac Murdoch
  • Esther Neff and IV Catellanos
  • Cheryl L’Hirondelle
  • Marcia Crosby
  • Tanya Tagaq
  • Organizers Tarah Hogue
  • Maria Hupfield
  • Tania Willard
  • grunt gallery

Artist Links

Canada Council for the Arts
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
The Circle
BC Arts Council
SAW Gallery