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This Year’s Art in the Courtyards Presents “Traces: Indigenous Artists Moving Through Memory”

by pmnationtalk on June 14, 2017166 Views

OTTAWA, June 14, 2017

What is memory and why is it important? Can it shape our sense of ourselves as individuals? As citizens? As Indigenous people? These are some of the questions explored in the Art in the Courtyards public art exhibit “Traces: Indigenous Artists Moving Through Memory,” presented by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

In a unique collaboration with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, this year’s public art exhibit features 16 works by contemporary Indigenous artists curated from the Indigenous Art Collection.

This unique vision will be available for viewing from May 2017 until March 2018.


“The intersection between memory and identity is explored in this fascinating exhibit of contemporary Indigenous artists. Art in the Courtyards continues to bring thought-provoking artistic visions in a relaxed, outdoor environment that invites residents and visitors alike to explore public art.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“I am very proud to be able to share 16 works from the Indigenous Art Collection at INAC with Canadian Heritage as part of the Art in the Courtyard installation. ‘Traces: Indigenous Artists Moving Through Memory’ is an inspiring exhibit of works by contemporary Indigenous artists, in an open, accessible space for the public to enjoy over the course of the year. In the spirit of reconciliation, this collaboration with Canadian Heritage honours our commitment to increase awareness of Indigenous contributions to the arts.”

—The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

Quick Facts

  • Every year, Art in the Courtyards coordinates an exhibition of reproductions of artworks that reflect a designated theme in the inner courtyards behind Sussex Drive in Ottawa’s Byward Market area.
  • The more than 4,000 artworks in the INAC Indigenous Art Collection were obtained through various acquisition and exhibition programs, as well as gifts and donations.
  • “Traces” was curated by the following advisors:
    • Danielle Printup, Onondaga/Algonquin, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, Quebec
    • Hannah Claus, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Tioh’tiá:ke/Montréal, Quebec
  • Some of the themes expressed in this year’s artwork include Indigenous veterans, residential schools, the depiction of Indigenous people in film and popular culture, reclaiming traditional art and crafts, spirituality and connection with ancestors.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Pierre-Olivier Herbert
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage


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