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raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 – 2015)
September 16, 2017 to December 10, 2017 
Curated by Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U
Onsite Gallery at OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario

raise a flag presents selected works from a national heritage collection representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis art. Housed in Ottawa, managed by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Indigenous Art Collection is one of the most important and comprehensive art collections of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada and beyond. In light of and in tandem with Canada’s 150 commemorations, raise a flag represents alternative discourses and uncovers missing narratives from the framework of a national identity. The works in raise a flag focus on recent acquisitions, obtained from 2000 to 2015, which chronicle recent significant national narratives reflecting upon Canadian heritage, diversity and collective memory.


Barry Ace, Sonny Assu, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Christian Chapman, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, David Garneau, Tanya Harnett, Faye HeavyShield, Greg A. Hill, Mark Igloliorte, Jimmy Iqaluq, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Alex Janvier, Piona Keyuakjuk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Rachelle Lafond, Jim Logan, Kayley Mackay, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Lionel Peyachew, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Barry Pottle, Pitaloosie Saila and Tania Willard.

Works in the exhibition (here)

An Education Guide to accompany the raise a flag exhibition is an interpretive document developed by Farah Yusuf. It has been designed to enrich the visitor’s experience of the artworks in the exhibition, and aid in interpreting the meaning of Indigenous art forms in the context of tradition, contemporary art and today’s society.

PDF Education Guide (here)

The video version of Raise a Flag study guide (here)


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