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Exhibition view, Truths That Remain. Left: Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel, War Club, 32'x48', oil and pastel on paper, 2000. Right: Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel, The Siege of Kanehsatà:ke, 57'x70', oil and pastel on canvas, 1992. Middle: Jeneen Frei Njootli, serious accessible impediments, performance documentation, text, postcard on aluminum tray and dowel, 2023. Photo: Freddy Arciniegas - Arcpixel.

Guided tour
with Sarah Nesbitt in conversation with artist Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel

Friday May 19, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Free admission, no reservation required

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Accessibility information: Elevators in building, chairs and stools available for sitting, wheelchair accessibility can be accommodated.

The tour will be given in English.

Truths that remain runs until Saturday, May 20th.




Katsi’tsakwas Ellen Gabriel is a visual artist, documentarian, human & environmental rights activist well-known to the public when she was chosen by the People of the Longhouse and her community of Kanehsatà:ke to be their spokesperson during the 1990 Oka confrontations. She is a recent graduate from the New York Film Academy in documentary filmmaking, providing her with new tools in her advocacy. She participated in DOC NYC in November 2021 with her first film: Strong Spirits on the issue of Indian Residential School in Canada. Since 1990 she has advocated for the rights to self-determination of Indigenous peoples and has worked diligently to sensitize the public on the issues and realities of Indigenous peoples.


As the final programming event for Truths that remain, SBC is pleased to invite you to a special tour led by exhibition curator, Sarah Nesbitt in conversation with artist and activist Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel. This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from Gabriel, who will speak to the thematics and symbolism in her iconic works, The Siege of Kanehsatà:ke (1992) and War Club (2000) both presented in the exhibition. Following the formal presentation, there will be time for conversation and questions.


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Sarah Nesbitt is a cultural worker, writer and independent curator based in Tio'tia:ke/ Montréal. From 2016-2018 she was the Assistant Curator at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art on Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg. Between 2018 and 2021 she worked with Noor Bhangu and Mariana Muñoz Gomez on window winnipeg. Sarah is passionate about creating opportunities for engaging with critical artistic practice that offer alternatives to the normative forces that structure our daily lives under capitalism, hetero-patriarchy, and white supremacy.

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