Street closures around the NAC during the Santa Claus Parade

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

Photo: Merle Addison. Courtesy of the artists.

Jaime Koebel, curator of Wapikwanew and founder of Indigenous Walks, will lead a guided walking tour through downtown Ottawa, sharing an Indigenous perspective of various social, political, cultural, and artistic spaces. The Walk includes a tour of a number of Indigenous art exhibitions happening in Ottawa, where a number of artists will be present to speak about their work. The tour will end at Arts Court, where tea and bannock will be served and participants will have the opportunity to chat more with various artists from the shows and curatorial staff. This Art Walking Tour provides a dynamic and unique way to experience all three of these important exhibitions and enables participants to share in open, respectful dialogue on the topics these shows collectively speak to during this important time in Ottawa.

The tour starts at Central Art Garage, ends at Arts Court with tea and bannock, and, includes the following exhibitions:

It’s Complicated

Wapikwanew: Blossom


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!