Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University

Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University


The INVC program is
kind of a way to integrate Indigenous knowledges
and cultural practices into your own art practice. You’re given a lot of
choice and a lot of room to kind of figure out how to work. This was a completely new, like a completely new
knowledge combined with skills that I was already learning in art school, and I had no idea that this was possible. I just finished putting
up, taking down and showing my first solo exhibition
at the Ada Slate Gallery which was absolutely beautiful. I really like this kind
of really physical feel to line work and ink work. The Indigenous student council and the Indigenous student
association, you know, they do their best to try
and make incoming students feel as welcome and as loved as possible. Before coming to OCAD
and moving to Toronto I really didn’t know anything. There’s all this knowledge
that is just gone. The way I operate in the
world now is very different from how I operated before. I need to know where I am and
who’s been there before me. Learning about the
history of my own people, French Canadian people, Mohawk people, I was able to kind of
find parts of myself here that I couldn’t find elsewhere. I feel like if people come to
know themselves in that way they’ll be able to
definitely change the way that you see other people. Just everyone needs to know this stuff. I wouldn’t have been able to
make it here if I hadn’t had such a beautiful community. I was surrounded by other Mohawk people which was very special for me. I had never, like especially in like an educational institution, that had never happened to me before. Everyone just took really good care of me and made me feel really loved.

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