Art Gallery of Alberta

National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day at your AGA

Tuesday, June 21, 11 am–5 pm
Last admission at 4:30 pm. Exact time of last entry may vary based on capacity.
Free Gallery Admission all day

On June 21, National Aboriginal Day, the AGA will be offering FREE admission for the day, a special exhibition walkthrough at noon, related programming throughout the day, and a film screening. See below for more details.

Pop-up Poetry Churchill LRT Station, Readings by Shayne Golosky-John

Tuesday, June 21, 8-9 am
Churchill LRT Station | South end, Mezzanine Level

7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. Postcard Project

Visit our Facebook page for a gallery of featured postcards from 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. Since the exhibition opened, hundreds of visitors have shared their experiences on postcards. In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, we’ve put together a selection of their thoughts, stories and drawings. Be part of the conversation: come visit the exhibition and post your own thoughts.
On display on our Facebook page until July 3.

Exhibition Walkthrough with Tanya Harnett

Tuesday, June 21, 12 pm
Meet at Guest Services
Free

Join artist and University of Alberta Associate Professor Tanya Harnett, Faculty of Native Studies and Department of Art & Design, to make connections between current exhibitions, including 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., Brittney Bear Hat & Richelle Bear Hat: Little Cree Women (Sisters, Secrets and Stories), A Parallel Excavation: Duane Linklater & Tanya Lukin Linklater, and discuss Canadian Indigenous art production, past and present.

Tanya Harnett is a member of the Carry-The-Kettle First Nations in Saskatchewan. She is an artist and a professor at the University of Alberta in a joint appointment in the Department of Art and Design and the Faculty of Native Studies. She has previously taught at both University of Lethbridge and Grant MacEwan University. Working in various media including, photography, drawing, printmaking and fiber, Harnett’s studio practice engages in the notions and politics of identity, history, spirituality and place. She has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Harnett is the recipient of various grants such as; the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Canada Council for the Arts. She is included in collections such as; the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Glenbow Museum, the Puskin Museum of Fine Arts in Moskow, RMIT in Melbourne and the Aboriginal Art Centre at the Department of Aboriginal and Northern Development Canada in Ottawa. Harnett is an avid community supporter for Contemporary Aboriginal Artists. She participated in the creation of the University of Lethbridge BFA Native American Art (Studio) and the BFA Native American Art (Art History/Museum Studies) and she contributes writings on Aboriginal Contemporary Art to Canadian Art Magazine.

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National Aboriginal Day Performance

Tuesday, June 21, 1 pm
Manning Hall
Free

Following Tanya Harnett’s tour, Canadian Aboriginal Music Award recipient Allan Beaver, Hoop Dancer Lakota Tootoosis and drummer (hand drum) JD Bull will present a performance in Manning Hall. This 20 minute performance will focus on the theme of First Nations Pride on National Aboriginal Day.

After the gallery closes, meet us downstairs in the Ledcor Theatre for a film screening and panel discussion. Doors open at 6pm and the film will begin at 6:30pm.

Program, Film & Discussion | Hands of History

Tuesday, June 21, Doors at 6 pm
Ledcor Theatre
Free

In partnership with the Amiskwaciy History Series, we will screen the film Hands of History by Loretta Todd, followed by a short panel discussion. Join us for this special day as we honour the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. Amiskwaciy History Series is an Aboriginal grassroots led initiative to create awareness regarding the often untold Indigenous history of Edmonton and area.

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