Project Description

Memory, History, Story
September 29, 2017 to April 7, 2018

This year’s AFK teaching exhibition is a celebration of the first people of our country.

Memory • History • Story is an exploration of our indigenous artists, their perspectives and voices, through the lens of First People’s Principles of Learning. This exhibition brings together pieces from Aboriginal and Inuit artists from the AFK permanent collection, including George Littlechild, Jane Ash Poitras, Xwalacktun, Kenojuak Ashevak, Robert Davidson, Beau Dick and others. Works in the exhibition include sculpture, textile, cedar carvings and weavings, as well as two-dimensional works, for a collection that inspires learning in our young people and understanding in our visitors.

The exhibition supports teachers in the indigenization of the curriculum as they explore the First People’s Principles of Learning, which reflect a respectful and holistic approach to teaching and learning. The exhibit also included the on-site carving of a welcome pole by master carver K’na’kweltn~ Darren Yelton.
“This is one of the most important teaching exhibitions in our history,” says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids. “Seeing the work of our first people, and their perspective on their experience provides an essential aspect to understanding the true scale, scope and story of our country.”