Indigenous Artwalk


indigenous artwalk downtown winnipeg

Welcome to the Indigenous Artwalk! Take a stroll through downtown’s streets and discover one-of-a-kind creations by Indigenous artists. Each one was inspired by the word “welcome” and shared a vision to build a more inclusive, diverse, and artful downtown. #indigenousartwalk #finditdowntown this summer! #IndigenousArtwalk ends August 19, 2016.

indigenous artwalk map

Check out all 12 Indigenous Artwalk stops for a chance to win a tailor-made night out for two downtown (value of $500)! Pick up a form at the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ office (426 Portage Ave).

View form for Artwalk contest here.

Note the special code at each Indigenous Artwalk stop and submit your completed
form to the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ office (426 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0C9).

Complete the artwalk and get 20% off your meal at the Planit Restaurant & Lounge (stop 12) by showing them the artwalk map.

Artist and Artwork information:

STOP 1: Bison Books, 424 Graham Avenue

stormARTIST: Storm Angeconeb


DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: Storm chose to call her paintings Miigwech, after asking her grandmother how to convey ‘welcome’ in Ojibwe. Her grandmother told her Miigwech can mean a lot of different things, like thank you, welcome, and more. One piece shows a woman holding her hands out, welcoming the Mashkodebizhikiwag (buffalo spirits). Storm’s second piece is of a mother holding her stomach containing her unborn infant, soon to welcome this gift into the world.

ARTIST BIO: Storm Angeconeb is a 20-year old emerging visual artist from Winnipeg. She recently finished her first year at the University of Winnipeg, and plans to continue at the University of Manitoba in Fine Arts this fall. Storm’s goal is to work with children, and continue to grow as an artist. Originally from Lac Suel Ontario, Treaty Three Territory, Storm was raised traditionally, continues to learn her language, and takes part in ceremony.

STOP 2: Women’s Health Clinic, 418 Graham Avenue

sharoncrystalARTISTS: Sharon Redsky & Crystal Redsky-Smith


DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: Water Welcome acknowledges Winnipeg’s water source, Shoal Lake #40 First Nation, and highlights the strength of the community. The beading and art work  represents both the healing power of women, and the sacredness of water.

ARTIST BIO: Sharon Redsky and Crystal Redsky-Smith are cousins, and members of Shoal Lake #40 First Nation. Through their beading and artwork they hope to share the beauty and resiliency of their community, which is also the source of drinking water for the City of Winnipeg.

STOP 3: Portage Place, 393 Portage Avenue, Second Floor (Unit 229)

ARTIST: Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, Arviat Sculptor

TITLE OF ARTWORK: Mother and Children

DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: Mother and Children is an abstract rendering of shelter and family. An igloo has been drawn into the right side of the sculpture, while a mother extends her arms around the heads of her five children, capturing a sense of warmth and intimacy.

ARTIST BIO: Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok was born in 1934 at Nunalla in northern Manitoba and later moved to the community of Arviat, Nunavut. She began creating stone carvings in the 1960s. Inspired by childhood memories of her father drawing faces in the sand, Lucy became well-known for her minimalist representations of family and motherhood. Her sculptures, like Mother and Children, incorporate the natural shape of the stone into groupings of heads and limbs that communicate togetherness. Lucy once said that she carved as much as she could, every day. She was an artist dedicated to her work and was an important voice of her generation.

ARTIST: Osuitok Ipeelee, Cape Dorset Sculptor


DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: In this artwork, rounded forms and highly polished surfaces form the wings and head of a hawk. The poised and serene animal is rendered with subtlety and grace. Its head is bowed low, creating an elegant curve that extends from the fine tip of the beak down the hawk’s back.

ARTIST BIO: Osuitok Ipeelee was born in 1932 and began carving small wooden toys when he was 13. Osuitok’s father taught him how to make ivory carvings and his engraved muskox and walrus tusks are among his most admired artworks. This early training informed Osuitok’s work in stone as well, which earned a great deal of attention from collectors and carvers alike. His works have been shown in and collected by national and international institutions and his public art commissions include a sculpted portrait of Queen Elizabeth, which was presented to her during a visit to Canada in 1959.

ARTIST: Aqjangajuk Shaa, Cape Dorset Sculptor

TITLE OF ARTWORK: Taleelayuk (Sea Spirit)

DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: As the title of this work indicates, the figure represented in dark green soapstone is Taleelayuk, a powerful sea spirit in the Inuit shamanic belief system. She had the important role of controlling the supply of game to hunters who had to obey all her rules concerning the treatment of her animals.

ARTIST BIO: Aqjangajuk Shaa was born in 1937 and has been a leading figure in the Cape Dorset arts community since the 1960s. His mother was an artist and his grandfather a respected artist and shaman. Aqjangajuk’s figures, both male and female, are often sculpted with large muscles, heroic postures, and energetic poses. His most common subjects are hunters, drum dancers, spirit creatures, and animals, such as polar bears, caribou, and birds. Always balanced and expressive, the drama of Aqjangajuk’s sculptures invite viewers to participate in the actions and stories of his artworks.

ARTIST: Simon Kasudluak, Inukjuak Sculptor

TITLE OF ARTWORK: Woman, Child and Otter

DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: In this sculpture, a woman strides forward, with a child settled carefully in the large hood of her parka, called an amauti, and with an otter secured under her arm. Her hair is braided and her features have been rendered with careful attention to detail and expression.

ARTIST BIO: Simon Kasudluak was born in 1925. His sister was the wife of Inuit carver Abraham Nastapoka. Abraham was a leader and hunter, as well as a carver, and his camp, located south of Inukjuak, was home to creative group of stone carvers in the 1950s and 1960s. Simon’s work covers diverse subject matter, from activities of daily life to marine and land animals.

STOP 4: Don’s Photo, 410 Portage Avenue

renataARTIST: Renata Meconse


DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: Aniin means hello, or greetings, and can also be used to say welcome. Several years ago, Renata was out with her father and saw a welcome sign made with wood and mixed media. She daydreamed about making this in First Nations languages, and finally completed her first one. Her acrylic painting of flowers is based on First Nations and Métis bead work.

ARTIST BIO: Renata Meconse is an Anishinaabe-Ikwe from Pinaymootang First Nation (Treaty No. 2 Territory) who has lived in Winnipeg most of her life. She is a proud mother of three, who has had the honour of working with First Nations communities in the field of communications and community outreach. Creatively, Renata has always loved drawing and painting, and has been inspired from Anishinaabe (Ojibway) artists throughout Manitoba and Ontario. She is very appreciative and honoured to be one of the artists featured in Winnipeg’s Indigenous Artwalk.

STOP 5: Marvel Beauty School, 404 Portage Avenue

leonardARTIST: Leonard Bighetty
**Red Road Lodge artist**


DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: Deja View is a reflective scene that serenely captures the warmth of the days welcome to night’s restful sleep.

ARTIST BIO: Leonard Bighetty was born in The Pas, and his family is originally from Pukatawagon, Mathias Colomb Cree First Nation. His art ranges from realism and surrealism to abstract, and is influenced culturally and spiritually. To Leonard, a piece is not complete unless it sings a song. His work celebrates Grandmothers, Mother Nature, and the movement of rocks, trees, rivers, and clouds, all the patterns of the universe, and the breadth of life. His art serves as a reminder of what First Nations people care about: family, friends, culture and – most importantly – community.

STOP 6: Book Fair Comics, 340 Portage Avenue

andersonARTIST: Kevin Anderson
**Red Road Lodge artist**


DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: Bitter Sweet is an original work of art commissioned by the Red Road Lodge to capture the community outreach work they’ve been providing for the past ten years.

ARTIST BIO: Kevin Anderson was born in Sioux Lookout, and has lived in multiple locations throughout Ontario and Manitoba. With little guidance, he learned to be self-reliant, almost detached from society.  To escape from this dilemma, he used his natural drawing ability to overcome circumstances. Homeless for almost a decade, Kevin developed a black-and-white view of the world, which comes out in his artwork. With no previous schooling in the arts and primarily self-taught, he developed his own style. In 2012, he was diagnosed with a rare terminal blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. Today, Kevin is focused on leaving behind a legacy of artwork for endeared friends and colleagues.

STOP 7: APTN, 339 Portage Avenue

traverseARTIST: Jacqueline Traverse

TITLE OF ARTWORK:  Water Carriers

DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: Water Carriers depicts women and young girls praying over water, and giving thanks. As water carriers, women are sacred. They give life, and water is sacred to life. Without it, we would cease to exist.

ARTIST BIO: Jacqueline Traverse is an Anishinabe from Lake St. Martin First Nation, and a graduate from the school of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. Jackie works in all mediums from sculpture, mixed media, painting and video, and her artwork speaks to realities of being an Aboriginal woman. She has created stop-motion animation on missing and murdered women in Canada, another on the ‘sixties scoop’, and her latest stop is a tribute to her estranged mother. Jackie is deeply moved by the injustices faced by First Nations people.

STOP 8: Alt Hotel, 310 Donald Street

brooklynARTIST: Brooklyn Rudolph-Nicholas


DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: “Welcome Home” depicts an elderly couple, their daughter, and her child, welcoming you into their tipi for shelter from the cold night. The northern lights dancing around and the stars above also add to the warmth. It is Brooklyn’s view of a beautiful welcome that feels like it could last forever.

ARTIST BIO: Brooklyn Rudolph-Nicholas is 17 years old, and born and raised in Winnipeg. She began painting two years ago, and loves being able to create a beautiful picture with only a brush, paint, and a creative mind. She enjoys painting pictures for her family, who love and appreciate her art. Her dream is to one day become a professional artist.

STOP 9: Telpay, 298 Garry Street

brandiARTIST: Brandi Hodgins

TITLE OF ARTWORK: Unity Under Grandfather Sky

DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: No matter what part of the world we come from, we can unite, grow in love, and create a sense of belonging – which also allows us to feel welcome. The paths in the acrylic painting represent that we all come from different places; the women in the painting are coming together wearing dresses from the four directions.

ARTIST BIO: Brandi Hodgins is a 32-year-old Indigenous Cree woman who juggles a busy life between being the best mom and wife she can be. Between working in education, volunteering, and home life, she finds precious time to create art. Through the loss of a child, the sudden passing of the father of both her children, and an initial stage three cancer diagnosis, comes the echoes of intergenerational trauma in her life. Brandi finds therapeutic purpose and value through art, and her venture called A Little Patience Paintings, which is dedicated to her daughter Patience, who passed away 11 years ago.

STOP 10: Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, 227 Portage Avenue

aprilARTIST: April Scott-Beardy

TITLE OF ARTWORK: Journey Through Life

DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: This painting depicts April’s fondness of looking at the northern lights, and her belief that you can see people in them. The slipper design reflects growth and strength of people and community. The bear paws are a path through life, and the dream catcher represents both the good and the bad.

ARTIST BIO: April Scott-Beardy is from Misipawistik Cree Nation (Grand Rapids). She is 34 years old, has one sister, and is the oldest daughter in her family. Growing up in a small community has had many ups and downs for April. She has been drawing her entire life, and people enjoy the designs of her artwork, and the stories behind each piece. She also enjoys making crafts as gifts, and feels like she gets better every time she creates another piece.

STOP 11: Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, 259 Portage Avenue

johnARTIST: John Oige
**Red Road Lodge artist**


DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: Although this traditional blanket is by no means John Oige’s first creation, it is a formal welcome for him into a new creative employment opportunity.

ARTIST BIO: John Oige was born in Winnipeg. Throughout his youth, he struggled with drug addiction, which led to years of living homeless on the street. In 2015, John successfully graduated from the TEEN Challenge recovery program, and shortly after joined the Red Road Lodge outreach team. In 2003, John learned how to sew Star Blankets, which he now does full time due to funding from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Change for the Better program. He is presently commissioned to create Star Blanket window coverings for all 70 windows at Red Road Lodge, contributing to their commitment to neighbourhood revitalisation. Today John lives a healthy new life as a single dad with a two-year old son.

margaretARTIST: Margaret Gomez Fonseca
**Red Road Lodge artist**

TITLE OF ARTWORK: The Inner Light Prevails

DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: The Inner Light Prevails reflects Margaret’s first foray into Star Blanket design, and her creation aptly captures a peaceful aura of warmth and welcome.

ARTIST BIO: Born and raised in Winnipeg, Margaret Gomez Fonseca has directed her energies into many avenues of creativity including sewing, knitting, designing, and writing and performing music. Inspired and taught by her mother, Margaret began sewing at an early age, and loves to blend fabrics and textures together. Earlier this year, in a moment of serendipity, Margaret walked into Red Road Lodge, and was introduced to the people there. She was invited to bring her sewing experience to Red Road Lodge, where she began to learn the art of sewing Star Blankets.

STOP 12: The Planit Restaurant & Lounge, 285 Portage Avenue

randyARTIST: Randy Sutherland AKA Rainbow Man

 TITLE OF ARTWORK: The Seven Sacred Laws

 DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK: This series of artwork reflects love, humility, courage, wisdom, respect, honesty, and truth – Ojibwa descriptions of the teachings called the Seven Sacred Laws. These teaching come from the people native to this area, the Anishinabek, in Manito Ahbee territory, who welcome others.

ARTIST BIO: Randy Sutherland, AKA Rainbow Man, was born and raised in Winnipeg, and resides on Peguis First Nation. He graduated from Peguis Central School in 2003 and has taken other well-respected programs such as New Voices threw the National Screen Institute. Rainbow Man primary paints native abstract art local to his Manito Ahbee Territory. He incorporates old styles of the Ojibway and Plains Cree people with newer styles of modern and contemporary art. Rainbow Man works very well with bright beautiful colors of the rainbow, thus his spirit name, Rainbow.

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Photos from the Press Announcement May 17 2016