Métis Art Gallery
Virtual Art Gallery featuring the work of five selected Métis artists
Jaime is Otipemisiwak/Nehiyaw (Métis/Cree) from Lac La Biche in northern, Alberta and Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement where some of the world’s best Métis and First Nation jiggers come from. Jaime is recognized as an international award winning dancer across the Métis homelands. With an M.A., in Canadian Studies from Carleton University, she has been an Advisor to past Canadian Ministers in the matters of Indigenous, Youth and Women’s issues. In 2009, Jaime attended a State Visit with former Governor General, The Honourable Michaëlle Jean to Costa Rica, Mexico and Guatemala. ! In 2014, Jaime was the recipient of the Emerging Aboriginal Artist Award from the Ontario Arts Council for her work in visual arts both contemporary and traditional as well as dance. ! Jaime comes from a talented family including her Grandmother (Nanoosh), who was a well- loved dancer, mother, musician and Fisher Woman. At the age of 35, Nanoosh was murdered in St. Albert, Alberta. Through Jaime’s company called Indigenous Walks, participants learn about the social, political and cultural issues from an Indigenous perspective, including the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The goal of Indigenous Walks is to provide the public with an opportunity to become aware of who Indigenous people are in a safe, interesting and caring environment. ----------Websites: www.IndigenousWalks.com, https://www.facebook.com/ArtistJaimeKoebel/.
Katherine Boyer is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is focused on methods bound to textile arts and the handmade, including fabric manipulation, paper making, woodworking and bead work. Boyer's art and research is entrenched in Metis history, material culture and personal family narratives. Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan (Treaty 4 territory), she has received a BFA from the University of Regina and an MFA from the University of Manitoba. Formative years were spent working at the First Nations University of Canada, Boyer had the opportunity to work extensively with permanent collections, as well as curate and provide public programming. Presently, Boyer works as an Assistant Professor at the School of Art, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg (Treaty 1). ---------- Website: http://katherineboyerart.com/new-page/
Kelly Duquette is a Métis artist, law student and Métis Nation of Ontario Youth Council representative (region 1) from Atikokan, Ontario. She has a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) from the University of Ottawa. Kelly was not introduced to her Métis heritage until later in her childhood and has found artistic inspiration through the discovery of this hidden identity. She finds that she is able to connect to her Métis culture and document her personal discoveries through her artwork. Kelly is determined to remain an advocate for Indigenous peoples in the fight for legal recognition of their rights. She is set to graduate the Juris Doctor Program within the Faculty of Common Law at the University of Ottawa in the Spring of 2019----------"Following over one-hundred years of silence, assimilation and oppression within Canadian society, Métis peoples have begun to re-emerge and reclaim their culture. This unique time in our history has become an inspiration behind my artwork. Painting has allowed me to reflect on these issues relating to my hidden identity and my experience as a Métis youth. The incomplete elements of my work represent the loss of our language and traditions, while the intervention of abstract beadwork reinforces our strength and resilience as a distinct rights-bearing people." ------------Email: Kellymd_8@hotmail.com Website: KellyDuquetteArt.com
Kristy Cameron, a teacher and artist, was born and raised in Atikokan, Ontario, the Canoe Capital of Canada. Being raised surrounded by the beauty of the natural world has given her endless subjects to paint. As a Metis artist and a descendant of numerous voyageurs and Bay boys, she incorporates the Metis sash (and in some cases, the Hudson's Bay Company colours) into her paintings to signify herself. Kristy delves into cultural aspects and meanings in her art as she continues to explore who she is. Initally painting with watercolour, then oils, she has come to appreciate the brightness and quick-drying capabilities of acrylics. All of Kristy's paintings are completed by painting with acrylics paints on canvas. Kristy's painting style contains many meanings with mysterious historical beliefs and legends entwined into them. She uses bright, dramatic colours and movements. Most comments regarding Kristy's paintings reflect these attributes: "Every time I look at these paintings, I see something new!" When not at her canvas, she is enjoying the land around Atikokan with her husband Michael, and their three daughters, Kelly, Emlyn and Keira. ----------Email: Kvcameron@gmail.com/ Website: http://www3.sympatico.ca/mkcameron2/Kristy/Home.html
Mitchell Case is a proud Métis Youth from the Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Community. He has served as Youth Representative in his community since the age of 16, regional Youth Representative from the age of 19 and elected President of the Métis Nation of Ontario Youth Council in 2012. Mitch is a recent graduate of Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and Algoma University where he studied Anishinaabemowin and History. Currently he is the Anishinaabe Studies Program Coordinator at Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig where his main area of focus is education and working to create a fully inclusive education system for Métis, First Nation and Inuit students in Ontario schools. He volunteers in local schools as well as colleges and universities across the province where he is invited to talk about Métis culture, history, traditions, rights and contemporary issues. He also works in First Nation and Métis Communities around North Eastern Ontario sharing his traditional Métis spirituality and culture with young citizens and students who are looking to connect with their heritage. ------ Website: https://www.facebook.com/Mitch-Case-M%C3%A9tis-Artisan-2032558193671187/