To Talk With Others
Ken Anderson | Lianne Charlie | Fran Morberg-Green | Valerie Salez | Doug Smarch Jr. | Joseph Tisiga
Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, ODD Gallery and Yukon School of Visual Arts
May 23 – September 2013
Opening Thursday, May 30th beginning at 7pm at DZCC
Please join us for artist talks, refreshments and a gallery hop around town to each of the venues.
A meeting, held in August of 1977 between Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and five Yukon First Nations leaders regarding the then-approved Mackenzie Pipeline, is contained in a document archived in the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government collections. These minutes of the meeting allows us to be a fly on the wall within a tension filled boardroom. Captured word for word these minutes vividly illustrate the dichotomy of two opposing ways of understanding economic, social and cultural development of a land and its inhabitants. A conversation that simply starts out about the pipeline ultimately became a conversation about First Nations way of life and a declaration for autonomous self-determination.
Through a diverse range of media Yukon artists Ken Anderson (Tlingit/Scandinavian), Lianne Marie Leda Charlie (Tagé Cho Hudän | Big River People), Valerie Salez (1st Generation Canadian), Doug Smarch Jr. (Tlingit), and Joseph Tisiga (Kaska Dene) activate this archival document and ultimately continue the conversation surrounding self-determination in the face of federal and corporate agendas.