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SYMPOSIUM: Deep History with Infinite Possibility: Coast Salish, Mi'kmaq and Innu Artists in Conversation


We acknowledge with gratitude that the land on which we gather is Ktaqmkuk, traditional unceded Mi'kmaw territory, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi'kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province.


On the occasion of the exhibition of Salish Weave in the Memorial University Art Collection, we are organizing a symposium consisting of a panel placing Coast Salish, Innu and Mi'kmaq artists in conversation. The conference will take place over a three-day period and include a welcoming reception.  The event is free, public and open to everyone. Please see schedule below.


Location: The conference will be hosted at Grenfell Campus, in traditional Mi'kmaw territory. The events will take place in the School of Fine Arts, the Grenfell Art Gallery and the Arts Extension. The event is national in scope with local and regional resonance. 

Friday, Jan. 10 - Grenfell Campus, Arts & Science Extension Lecture Theatre AS2026

5-6:30 p.m.: Community Reception

6:30 p.m.: CBAWA Drummers Welcome Song

6:45 p.m. : Opening Remarks by Ingrid and Matthew

7-8 p.m.: Keynote by Dylan Thomas


Saturday, Jan. 11 - Grenfell Campus, Arts & Science Extension Lecture Theatre AS 2026

9:30-10 a.m.: Refreshments

10 a.m.: How Land Language Translates into Visual Language

10-10:40 a.m.: Meagan Musseau

10:50-11:30 a.m.: Marcus Gosse

11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Jordan Bennett

12:30 p.m.: Lunch Break

Grenfell Art Gallery, Fine Arts Builiding

2 p.m.: Deep History with Infinite Possibility Panel Discussion

2-3 p.m.: Jordan Bennett, Marcus Gosse, Emily Critch, Meagan Musseau, Dylan Thomas in conversation with Ingrid Mary Percy and Matthew Hills

3-4 p.m.: Participating Artists will be in Gallery for informal conversation (with refreshments available)

4-4:15 p.m. Closing remarks 

Sunday, Jan. 12 - Grenfell Art Gallery, Fine Arts Building, Grenfell Campus

10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Shared Making in the Gallery

Artists Making, lead by Melissa Tremblett (TBC)




Between 2014 – 2017, Memorial University's Art Collection received a donation of three box sets of Coast Salish serigraph prints from the Salish Weave Collection of George and Christiane Smyth (Victoria, BC). Box Set I, II & III, also in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, include the work of internationally recognized Coast Salish artists and represent the ongoing work of the Salish Weave Collection to contribute to the revival of Coast Salish art.


The Coast Salish native peoples are indigenous to the lower mainland of Vancouver and southern tip of Vancouver Island, BC. They have a distinct formal tradition in art that European settlement obscured and, through the processes of systemic colonization, attempted to eradicate.  Western Newfoundland is home to several Mi'kmaq and Innu artists recovering and reclaiming cultural and aesthetic traditions indigenous to Eastern Canada, Newfoundland, and Labrador, several of whom are alumnae of Memorial University and the Visual Arts Program, School of Fine Arts, Grenfell Campus, in various stages of their artistic career. In his essay exploring the critical context of the Salish Weave prints, Coast Salish artist and scholar Qwul'thilum (Dylan Thomas) notes: "contemporary indigenous artists working in the realm of traditional art occupy an interesting space in the creative world by trying to simultaneously draw equal inspiration from the future and the past; like a cedar tree growing in the rain forest, parts of their spirit digs deeply into the rich and nutritious soil of their artistic heritage, which allows the rest of their spirit to grow and reach towards the infinite possibilities of the open sky. This blending of deep history with infinite possibility is epitomized by the current state of Coast Salish art."

We acknowledge with gratitude that the land on which we gather is Ktaqmkuk, traditional unceded Mi'kmaw territory, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi'kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province.

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The Gallery is on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building of Grenfell Campus, which is accessible via level entrances with automatic doors and the building elevator. The entrance to the Gallery is level, during public hours our doors remain open, but when closed the door is very heavy and not automatic. It opens outward. The exhibition spaces are fully accessible inside the Gallery.

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  • Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: Fine Arts Building, 2nd Floor
Phone: (709) 637-6209