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âkwaskîw ᐋᑲᐧᐢᑮᐤ — One Who Protects a Sibling


Fri, Jan 18, 2019 — Sun, Feb 3, 2019






BAND Gallery and Cultural Centre

19 Brock Avenue



Media Review: Wed, Jan 16, 10am-12pm
Opening Reception: Fri, Jan 18, 6-9pm

Daily Hours


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6:00 pm


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6:00 pm


12:00 pm

6:00 pm


1:00 pm

5:00 pm


‘âkwaskîw ᐋᑲᐧᐢᑮᐤ — One Who Protects a Sibling’ is an OCAD University project in which pairs of Indigenous and Black makers exhibit the mediated objects and experiences that reflect the dialogues about each other’s identities, aesthetics, and relations to the land.

Race relations in Canada are often viewed through the prism of Indigenous/European settler binaries. ‘âkwaskîw ᐋᑲᐧᐢᑮᐤ–One Who Protects a Sibling’ seeks to shift focus to explore Black and Indigenous relations through the direct personal connections between pairs and triads of OCAD University Black, Afro-Indigenous, and Indigenous students (Adé Abegunde, Kaya DaCosta, Aljumaine Gayle, Renee Loeza Goycochea, Emily Kewageshig, Star Nahwegahbo, and Bert Pringle) as well as the project facilitators, Dori Tunstall [African American] and Jason Baerg [Cree Métis]. Each set of partners co-creates through dialogue mediated objects and/or experiences that provide deep cultural and emotional protection for each other. Through the co-designs, the design partners explore the history of Black and Indigenous relations in Canada, the shared conditions of marginalization that affect both communities, and issues of appropriation and misappropriation between the two communities. Starting with each community’s relationship to the land, the design partners speculate on future relations between Black and Indigenous communities.

Image #1: âkwaskîw Project Group Portrait
Top row L to R: Dori Tunstall, Emily Kewageshig, Star Nahwegahbo, and Jason Baerg
Bottom row L to R: Adé Abegunde, Renee Loeza Goycochea, Aljumaine Gayle, Bert Pringle, and art self-image of Kaya DaCosta
Photo credit: Brian Martin
Photo Design by Dori Tunstall

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Adé Abegunde, Jason Baerg, Kaya DaCosta, Aljumaine Gayle, Renee Loeza Goycochea, Emily Kewageshig, Star Nahwegahbo, Bert Pringle, Dori Tunstall