Shubenacadie River Beading Project: Carrie Allison and the Kin River Collective

October 2nd – 31st, 2018
Reception and Talk: October 12, 2018 at 5pm

Kin River Collective

Solidarity with Stop Alton Gas

The Shubenacadie River Beading Project is the first project orchestrated by Kin River Collective. This community collaborative project is meant to activate notions of kinship, allyship, and stewardship; it is an act of standing in solidarity with the Stop Alton Gas group. Beading is a gesture of honouring and building community through making.


The aim of this project is for participants, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to come together and collectively honour the space of the Shubenacadie River. The Shubenacadie River cuts through the centre of Nova Scotia and has served as a lifeline for Mi’kmaq peoples since time immemorial. This community-based project stands in solidarity with water protectors and the Stop Alton Gas group; who are actively occupying space along the Shubenacadie River to protest the destruction of the rivers’ ecosystem by the environmental threat Alton Gas poses. To find out more about Stop Alton Gas please press here.

This beading project is an honouring of the space of the river. Many hands join together and bead the space of the river, culminating in a forty-foot beading of the Shubenacadie River. Indigenous participants are encouraged to embellish using their ancestral knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation. Non-Indigenous participants are encouraged to keep in mind settler responsibility and issues of cultural appropriation. This is an exercise in building treaty relations between settlers and Indigenous nations and humans to mother earth.

For further information on the project, visit the artist’s website at:

Documentation by Séamus Gallagher.

Elder Doug Knockwood

Condolences to the Knockwood Family

The Anna Leonowens Gallery would like to express their sincere condolences on the passing of Elder Doug Knockwood on June 16, 2018. Knockwood (88) and his son Glenn Knockwood led the opening dedication of the Treaty Space Gallery in October 2017. We will forever be grateful for his generosity, his stories, patience and encouragement.

Beloved and respected by the Sipekne’katik First Nation community and the Mi’kmaw community, Elder Knockwood was an RCA (Ret.) Black Watch Regiment of Canada member; an Order of Nova Scotia recipient (2016); and one of Canada’s premier addictions recovery counsellors.

Elder Knockwood used Mi’Kmaw spiritual teaching and his own experience of survival and redemption to help others across Canada suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. He helped set-up programs for Indigenous people to help combat addictions in the Northwest Territories, and has worked in the corrections system to develop programs for Indigenous inmates.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers to please consider making a donation to the charity of your choosing. 

For the full obituary please click here.