Lake Nipissing Beading Project

Opening Reception: Sept 29th, 4:30 – 6PM
Exhibition on view through November 1st, 2021

Organized by Carrie Allison and Nipissing University Departments of Geography & History, in partnership with Nipissing First Nation and Dokis First Nation

Lake Nipissing Beading Project is a 5 meter beaded replica of LakeNipissing along with tributaries and joined waterways. This community collaborative project is meant to bring folks from Nipissing and Dokis communities together through a shared project, as well as other Turtle Island individuals and communities to bead a portion of the lake and its surrounding waterways. We bead to show respect and acknowledge the importance of this waterway to those across this continent, we are all connected and the water shows us this.

To map out the lake and surrounding waterways we have re-imagined using satellite and aerial photographic imagery. The image was gridded into sections that formed the ‘pattern’ for the art installation. By using remote sensing imagery we are inherently ‘taking back’ the imagery produced by the colonial state as a practice of decolonizing a tool that has historically been used to colonize, take land, and push Indigenous communities to less desirable areas. This project is in support of Indigenous sovereignty, reclamation, and decolonizing practices.


Down to the Wick

Down to the Wick
Alexia Mitchell & Kayla Rudderham, MAED curators 

November 15 – 29, 2019
Closing reception: Friday 29 November, 5-7PM

Down to the Wick is a multi-disciplinary group exhibition investigating how colonization has had an impact on the ways we cope with mental and emotional distress and how artistic practice can help or hinder these experiences. Curators Mitchell and Rudderham hope to bring awareness, discussion and multiple perspectives to the forefront while practicing the guiding principle of “two-eyed seeing”, a term coined by Mi’kmaw elder Albert Marshall to describe utilizing the strengths of both Indigenous and settler ways of knowing, together for the benefit of all.  

For more information and a list of all events related to this exhibition, please visit:

Amntu’kati – Spirit Place

Amntu’kati – Spirit Place
Sarah Brooks & Cynthia Martin

May 6 – June 1, 2019

About their collaboration, Brooks and Martin offer, “It’s important for us to acknowledge the stories and histories of the land that we occupy and be mindful of what that means. We aim to pay homage to our loved ones and ancestors in the spirit world through respectful reclamation of locations that have cultural and traditional spiritual value.” Closing reception to be announced. 

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.