In 2020, we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Province of Manitoba. Kwaata-nihtaawakihk is Michif for hard birth.
Manitoba’s entry into Canadian confederation was fraught, marked not only by organized resistance, but also by deep and careful thinking about the future and its possibilities. Kwaata-nihtaawakihk – A Hard Birth will prompt you to reflect on the Metis nation’s role in Manitoba’s creation and consider the significance of the events of 1869-70 in relation to our current times. This exhibitions will guide you to a better understanding of the Metis, Anishinaabek, Cree, and European experiences of debate and negotiation, displacement, trauma, and resilience.
Kwaata-nihtaawakihk – A Hard Birth will bring together key archival documents, historic objects, and paintings with the work of 15 contemporary artists representing Metis, First Nations, and non-Indigenous communities. You’ll see extraordinary beadwork, painting, photography, film, textiles, sculpture, and performance art. Four artists are creating commissioned works for this exhibition, including Jennine Krauchi’s new large-scale beadwork piece.
You will feel this show’s presence throughout the Gallery with dynamic, educational programming that celebrates Metis culture. Stay tuned for special events, performances, screenings, workshops, and more!