Treaty One Nation and Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Treaty One Nation and Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq Sign Memorandum of Understanding

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 202136 Views

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty No. 1 Territory, October 4, 2021:  The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) -Qaumajuq and the Treaty One Nation joined together on Friday in Qaumajuq to sign an agreement that commits both organizations to working together long-term on shared initiatives. Stephen Borys, WAG-Qaumajuq Director & CEO was joined by Treaty One Nation representative Chief Glenn Hudson, Peguis First Nation, to make the agreement official. The three-year MOU highlights collaborations, partnerships, and guidance to support First Nations Treaty One citizens and WAG-Qaumajuq members and patrons.

2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of Treaty No. 1 and with this agreement, WAG-Qaumajuq supported the celebrations with educational initiatives that led up to the August date. This included a speaker’s series with Knowledge Keepers, Chiefs and Promise Keepers celebrating Treaty One’s past, present and future. The two organizations will also collaborate to offer gallery tours in Anishinaabemowin on a regular basis and work to create further awareness of Anishinaabemowin language and Anishinaabe culture.

Both organizations are committing to the sharing of knowledge and collaboration on crucial education initiatives surrounding the Treaty One Nation’s history, current issues, and the ongoing intergenerational effects of the Indian Residential Schools, Day Schools and the Sixties Scoop, as well as systemic racism in Canada.

Details of the agreement:

  • To promote the general welfare of the members of the Treaty One First Nations
  • To advance the economic and social well-being of the citizens of Treaty One
  • Following the TRC’s Calls to Action and UNDRIP: acknowledging the importance of sustaining and incorporating Indigenous languages into institutional frameworks
  • Ensuring that Treaty One First Nations people in Winnipeg, or Treaty One First Nations people traveling to Winnipeg, have access to WAG-Qaumajuq and the art that it contains

Quotes:

“Today marks an important day for the Treaty One Nation and the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG). Building relationships with community organizations in Treaty One territory is a significant step towards reconciliation. Sharing of Anishinaabe history of the treaties, culture, and language is significant as we commemorate the Treaty One 150th Anniversary of the signing of Treaty No. 1 at Lower Fort Garry. We look forward to continuing to build this meaningful partnership with the WAG and creating opportunities for more dialogue and collaboration with WAG members and patrons.”

— Chief Glenn Hudson, Peguis First Nation

This partnership with Treaty One Nation is part of a historic transformation happening at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. By formally building ties between the two organizations, this MOU will help to expand Indigenous outreach and programming in the inaugural year of Qaumajuq and beyond. The WAG is grateful to Treaty One Nation for their generosity in sharing knowledge with the Gallery that will help support the wellbeing of citizens of Treaty One and WAG-Qaumajuq members and patrons.”

— Stephen Borys, WAG-Qaumajuq Director & CEO

Associated Links

Treaty One Nation
Winnipeg Art Gallery
TRCM.ca

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Amy Rebecca Harrison
Engagement Supervisor
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1347
[email protected]

Blair Strong
Communications Coordinator
Treaty One Nation
204.770.0273
[email protected]

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