Gallery on Queen, Bear Paw New Media Productions and JL Phillips Gallery are pleased to announce the exhibition of “Wabanaki 2021” showcasing various Indigenous artists and mediums. We are proud to have this opportunity to feature works from so many East Coast Indigenous artists in the Wabanaki Territories of the Maritimes and Maine.

The Wabanaki people also known as the People of the dawn, are the easternmost tribes of Turtle Island, also referred to as Northeastern woodland tribes. Their culture and language have been in existence for over 10,000 years. Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqewik , Penobscot , Passamaquoddy and Abenaki are the member tribes of the Wabanaki Tribes that have endured the longest and earliest contact with the new man on this continent.

There has never been a more extensive collection of works done by members of the Wabanaki tribes. The work of East Coast Indigenous artists tells the important story of the people most and longest affected by the arrival of the settlers. Wabanaki is a rare cornucopia of kept traditional and artistic knowledge infused with personal experiences of modern day. It is a testimony to the resilience of the people of the dawn living on the territory called Wabanaki.

Wabanaki 2021 is a multidisciplinary exhibit that features accomplished indigenous artists in Atlantic Canada. The exhibit includes visual artists, wood carvers, silversmiths, bead and quill works, also a body of work that from masters that have passed on. Included is a museum component where we exhibit baskets and tools that represent the connection from the past to the modern day artists.

Wabanaki Artists : Audrey Arseneault , Ingrid Brooks, Braelynne Cyr, Brian Francis , Frannie Francis, Tara Francis, Marie Fox, Charlie Gaffney, Marcus Gosse, Tim Hogan, Chantal Polchies, Shane Dutcher- Purley , Justin Sappier, Alan Syliboy, Garry Sanipass , Pauline Young & Iconic work from the Late Masters artists : Ned Bear  and Roger Simon

Yorkville Village in the Oval, 55 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario.