Above/featured: Great Hall, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver – 5 May 2017 (HL, 6D1).
In Canada, National Aboriginal Day is held on or near the same day as northern summer solstice to celebrate language, culture, and tradition on the longest day of the year. In 1996, then Governor-General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, proclaimed June 21 as National Aboriginal Day. In 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the change to National Indigenous Peoples Day to include First Nations, Inuit, and Métis indigenous peoples.
To highlight some wonderfully engaging work by contemporary indigenous artists, I provide examples of art seen and exhibited in the Vancouver area.