Artist Talks

Tasha Hubbard, 7 Minutes, still, 2016. Photo: Ted Whitecalf. Courtesy of Tasha Hubbard. 

Determined by the river: a discursive event

In connection to their collaborative exhibition project, Determined by the river, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater have organized a series of conversations with Indigenous artists and thinkers.

“We are gathering. Alongside the raft, we are gathering for conversations with Indigenous artists and thinkers, to activate the exhibition with Indigenous ideas about art-making, collections, and responsibilities to communities. These conversations will centre our collective concerns, at this moment, which may be political and/or felt in our everyday lives. The participants are from Saskatchewan and Alberta and they have generously agreed to be with us, to speak. Together, we hope that our analysis will catalyze the museum and what it represents, to act in accordance with history, in this moment, for the future. What does it mean for Indigenous peoples to be in relation to museums? What does it mean for museums to be in relation to Indigenous peoples?”

—Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater

Tickets to both days will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

On Friday, November 3, tickets will be available for the evening film screening and panel discussion starting at 4 PM. On Saturday, November 4, tickets for the afternoon program will be available as of 12 PM.

Friday, November 3, 7–9 PM

SaskTel Theatre

This program features a screening of Tasha Hubbard’s documentary short, 7 Minutes (2016), followed by a panel discussion with Tasha Hubbard, artist Joi T. Arcand, and writer and community organizer, Erica Violet Lee.

Saturday, November 4, 1–5 PM

Riverview Room

Join us for an afternoon of talks with writer and scholar Billy-Ray Belcourt, artists Lori Blondeau and Ruth Cuthand, and curator Elwood Jimmy.

Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater have organized a series of conversations with Indigenous artists and thinkers in connection to their collaborative exhibition project, Determined by the river. Their previous collaborative projects include: Wood Land School: Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing a Line from January to December, co-organized with cheyanne turions and Walter Scott, at the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art in Montréal, which has been renamed and is operating as Wood Land School for the duration of 2017; A Parallel Excavation, curated by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton (2016); and Grain(s), a performance for Images Festival, co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2013). In 2017 they participated in the workshop Under the Mango Tree—Sites of Learning as part of documenta 14 in Athens.

Tanya Lukin Linklater originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in Alaska, and is based in North Bay, Ontario. Her performance collaborations, videos and installations have been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Lukin Linklater is compelled by the relationships between bodies, histories, poetry, pedagogies, Indigenous conceptual spaces and Indigenous languages, and institutions.

Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario, and is based in North Bay, Ontario. Linklater was the recipient of the 2013 Sobey Art Award and is currently represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver. Working in performance, installation, film and other media, Linklater addresses issues of cultural loss and recovery as well as authenticity, appropriation and authorship. He often collaborates with others, reconsidering oral traditions, in which the transmission of knowledge, stories or histories is essential to future generations.

Joi T. Arcand is a photo-based artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in central Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, and is currently based in Ottawa, Ontario. Arcand earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2006, with Felicia Gay, she founded Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary Indigenous art gallery in Saskatoon. Arcand was a founding editor of kimiwan 'zine, a quarterly Indigenous arts publication. Her work has been presented widely, including exhibitions and projects at Gallery 101 in Ottawa, York Quay Gallery in Toronto, PAVED Arts in Saskatoon and grunt gallery in Vancouver.

Billy Ray-Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. A former Rhodes Scholar, Belcourt studies Indigenous art, literature and film and lets these media occasion his thinking about the anti-/ante-/ontological, queer worldings, native futures, the two valences of non-sovereignty and ethics in a colonial present. His debut book of poems, This Wound is a World, was released by Frontenac House in September. Earlier this year, VICE named Belcourt one of ten "Indigenous writers you need to read right now."

Lori Blondeau is a Cree/Saulteaux/Métis artist from Saskatchewan. Blondeau holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, and is a co-founder and director of TRIBE, a Canadian Indigenous arts organization. Blondeau’s performance-based practice includes photography, video and installation. Her work explores the influence of popular media and culture—both contemporary and historical—on Indigenous identity. Blondeau has recently presented her performances, collaborations and solo and group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Doris McCarthy Gallery and Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto, Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery in Montréal, Live Biennale in Vancouver and Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg. Blondeau recently presented at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe and at the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

Ruth Cuthand is of Plains Cree, Scottish and Irish ancestry. Cuthand was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and grew up in Cardston, Alberta, near the Blood Reserve. As informed by her childhood experiences, First Nations living conditions, and settler-Native relationships have become key themes in her creative practice, which encompasses printmaking, painting, drawing, photography and beadwork. Her work challenges the mainstream perspectives on colonialism and addresses the frictions between cultures, the failures of representation and the politicization of anger in Canada. Her comprehensive, mid-career retrospective, BACK TALK was organized by the Mendel Art Gallery and toured throughout the country including presentations at Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Confederation Art Centre, Art Gallery of Alberta and Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. Her work is held in public and private collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario’s, which recently acquired a major work by the artist.

Dr. Tasha Hubbard is a writer, filmmaker and assistant professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English. She is from Peepeekisis First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory, and is the mother of a ten-year-old son. Her research focuses on Indigenous efforts to return the buffalo to the lands and to Indigenous consciousness. Her first solo writing-directing project Two Worlds Colliding, about Saskatoon’s infamous Starlight Tours, premiered at ImagineNATIVE in 2004, was broadcasted on CBC’s documentary program Roughcuts in the same year and won the Canada Award at the 2005 Gemini Awards. Her short film 7 Minutes won Best Short Non-Fiction at the Yorkton Film Festival in 2016. Hubbard also recently premiered an NFB-produced, feature documentary called Birth of a Family, about a 1960s, reunited Scoop family, which landed in the top ten audience choice list at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. Tasha also does research on Indigenous film and has been appointed to the National Film Board’s newly formed Indigenous Advisory Council.

Elwood Jimmy is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation, a Nêhiyaw community in the global north, which has been displaced by the Canadian government to its current site. Elwood Jimmy has led several art projects, collectives and organizations. He is committed to collaborative, radical, restorative and experiential learning about our connections to one another and to the land. Through his practice, he co-designs spaces increasingly rooted in trauma-informed principles, working to liquefy barriers around accessing community, culture, wellness, knowledge, language and the natural world. Since 2015, Elwood Jimmy has been the program coordinator for Musagetes, an international arts foundation that supports pedagogical projects.

Erica Violet Lee is a nēhiyaw writer and community organizer. Emerging as a young writer during the Idle No More movement, she has published and lectured at universities around the world, telling stories about growing up in inner-city Saskatoon and building Indigenous feminist futures. She recently graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, and is now a graduate student in Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto. You can read her writing at

Determined by the river: a discursive event


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