September 8th – November 10th, 2023
These artworks are sacred altar-like mixed media pieces representing what Indigenous people sacrificed for the “gift” of a colonial god domination and the effects of this juxtaposition on Indigenous people. The effects are diverse and varied, depending on the context and region involved and feature the loss or transformation of Indigenous cultures, languages, and identities due to the imposition and conversion to Christianity and other colonial religions. These altars represent the emergence of new religious movements and reformations that took from Indigenous elements and were used in colonial spaces.
This exhibition showcases the movement of resistance and rebellion against colonial oppression, exploitation, and discrimination against Indigenous peoples. These effects are still relevant in many societies today as they shape different regions.
Every altar features traditional offerings gifted through the resurgence of Indigenous tattoo, medicines of natural elements found, purchased, and offered from Treaty 1, Treaty 4, Treaty 6, Treaty 7, Cowessess First Nation, New Brunswick (the home of Mi’gmaq, the Wolastoqiyik, and the Peskotomuhkati people along the Saint John River Valley) as well as items from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
These altars are for our ancestors who were raped of everything they practiced (language, culture, spirituality) so colonizers could make space for their gods and way of life.
Mini residency & Mural
September 5th – November 10th, 2023
Reconcil-onialism is a work that echoes the pieces from Altar-native. Where Altar-native shows the past and present, Reconcil-onialism shows the present and future.
Reconciliation by religious definition is, the end of estrangement, caused by original sin, between God and humanity. As we enter a new era of ‘Truth and Reconciliation’, we must acknowledge the heavy irony and virtue signaling brought on by religion, by government and white spaces. This residency was influenced through my work with elder Brenda Dubois on the project “The Path to Reconciliation” located on Scarth Street Mall in Regina, Saskatchewan. She told me:
“We cannot have reconciliation without first acknowledging the truth. We can’t have reconciliation without resurgence, reclamation, reciprocity, and the capacity to evolve and make systematic change.”
The gallery has two exhibition spaces (Gallery I and Gallery II). The EAGM provides professional technical services for selected projects. The EAGM pays fees to artists and curators in accordance with CARFAC standards. Submitted projects are assessed and recommended for program inclusion by the curator. Please note that unless requested, we do not notify artists when a proposal has been received, and it can take some time for a decision to be made. Artists are always notified as to whether their submission has been selected for exhibition. Please note that our schedule is currently full for the near future, although we are happy to receive proposals to keep on file for future consideration.
Statement of Intent or a Specific Project Description
10 to 20 digital images or video files* or Photographs
(on video tape, CDR, DVD, or memory stick – if applicable)
Image Identification Page (Title, Medium, Size, Year, etc.)
*For digital images submit only .jpg files in RGB format at a resolution of 72 dpi, with a maximum size of 1.5 MB and a maximum of 1024 x 768 pixels.
Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you are submitting via mail and would like to have your submission returned to you.
Please email your propsal to
or via mail to:
Estevan Art Gallery and Museum
118 – 4th Street
Gallery 2: 69 Running Feet (Ceiling Height: 117″). View floorplan
Project Space: 14 Running Feet (Ceiling Height: (96″). View Floorplan
* Galleries have 2′ x 2′ suspended ceilings.
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