Aboriginal and First Nations cultures in Canada have a long tradition of adaptation and creativity, incorporating new ideas, concepts, materials, and technology to affirm core community values, ensure cultural continuity, and reflect contemporary experience. Nowhere is this spirit of cultural vitality and resilience more apparent than in the expressive arts: in music, theatre, film, writing, and the visual arts. Today’s presenters demonstrate how aesthetic traditions can be perpetuated and transformed through new media and new voices. These voices contribute to an ongoing national and global conversation on indigenous knowledge and experience. Today, we are invited to participate in this conversation.


A presentation of the New Sun Chair in Aboriginal Art and Culture
with the support of the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences and the New Sun Fund
administered by the Community Foundation of Ottawa, plus the generosity of private donors