Recognizing Indigenous Culture in Canada

I have always been interested in Aboriginal culture. I gained some knowledge about the culture when I was in high school, but the knowledge I gained throughout university has been tremendous. A lot of the Women and Gender studies I have taken over my past three years at Brock have discussed the role of Aboriginal women in Indigenous culture, and furthermore the culture as a whole.

I recently attended the First Nations Art Show Opening at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario. My reasoning behind going was with the intention of writing an article on the show for a Brantford paper called Bscene (I am a reporter for them), and prior to arriving I was not sure of what to expect. I had never been to the Woodland Centre, nor had I ever attended any type of Aboriginal art exhibit, but I am so happy that I was able to go and report on the show. The art work was incredible, and the show itself is the longest running art show in Canada – the show I attended was its forty-first anniversary.

The show featured a range of artwork from First Nations artists, and displayed artistry such as paintings, photography, mixed media, pottery and beadwork.  The show was created to demonstrate the progress of First Nations culture and community through means of the work executed by the artist’s material, and it was incredibly diverse in its array of displays.

Had I not seized the opportunity to attend the show and write an article about it, I would have never been aware of such an incredible event that occurs annually within my own city. I think I found the show so fascinating and nourishing because of its emphasis on Indigenous culture and legend, which is something I believe more individuals need to gain an understanding of. Aboriginal culture is a tremendous component of Canada’s history, and I personally believe it is overlooked far too often.

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