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Land Back

Contemporary Native Art Biennial - BACA
6th edition

Touring exhibition

Artists: Susan Blight, Lori Blondeau, Roxanne Charles-George, Gregg Deal, Beau Dick, Erin Gingrich, Duane Isaac, Casey Koyczan, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Beric Manywounds, Meagan Musseau, Michael Namingha, Carey Newman, Camille Seaman, Cole Speck, Katherine Takpannie, Chandra Melting Tallow, Olivia Whetung

October 1 to December 23, 2022
Curator: Michael Patten

Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have protected biodiversity in the face of continued human population growth. Since contact with settlers began, Indigenous communities have been stripped of their ancestral lands; the Land Back movement aims to restore governance and stewardship of the land for a sustainable future.

Land Back is a call to action, a return of equity to a stolen territory, but it also offers an important question: how can we best protect biodiversity, land, and water? The first step would be to return the land to its traditional and legitimate protectors. Returning to Indigenous knowledge goes beyond symbolic gestures of recognition or inclusion to significantly change practices and structures.