Reconciling Edmonton: Opening Reception

Date: February 9, 2019

Time: 2:30-5:00 PM

Location: Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, St. Albert, Alberta T8N 1E5


2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the final Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Edmonton. These events preceded the publication of 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Gallery is committed to presenting contemporary exhibitions and programs that respectfully acknowledge the contributions of Indigenous peoples to ongoing education and development in this area.

We begin our new exhibition year with a ground-breaking collaboration from Edmonton-based group RISE – Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton. These committed citizens are resolute in supporting reconciliation in words and actions though positive and powerful means. Reconciling Edmonton is a collaboration including; Poet Anna Marie Sewell; Historian and Writer, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail; Visual Artist, Jennie Vegt and Cultural Connector, Miranda Jimmy.

“Some have tried to change the past by sweeping it under the rug, but all we can do is change ourselves and change what’s happening now.” – Jennie Vegt

The exhibition consists of seven paintings by Vegt. The paintings are based on archival photos from community, municipal and provincial archives. Individually, the images selected by the group for Vegt’s attention depict Indigenous and settler interactions from the signing of Treaty through to present day. Collectively they demonstrate ongoing reconciliation. Each piece is partnered with poetry created in response to the images. The exhibition features a robust program of events to engage visitors in their role as treaty people.

Formal program runs 3–3:45pm

Opening prayer, drumming group, learn about the project, poetry reading, refreshments served.