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Art Exhibits

IMAGE: Art Exhibit by Jessie Buchanan

Manitou - Spirit of the Land
June 2017

Paintings by Jessie Buchanan
Central Library Art Gallery

Opening Reception and Artist's Talk
Saturday, June 3 at 1 pm
Central Library

Jessie Buchanan's current body of work is inspired by the richness found in her ancestry. Specifically, she is interested in creating work that celebrates and combines Indigenous traditions and her lived experience as a status-recognized First Nations woman in a modern world.

Jessie's exhibit at the Central Library Art Gallery has been scheduled to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday, and to aid in the understanding of Canada's First Nations. As well, her work has been chosen for the Canada 150 Art Express’d project at the Winnipeg Art Gallery later this summer.

Jessie is a member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nations and lives in Guelph, Ontario.

See more of Jessie's work at

Interested in displaying your artwork at the library? See the Artist Program page for more information about the selection process and exhibit space. 

Special Exhibit

Image: Caring Across Boundaries

Caring Across Boundaries
June 3 - 30

Photography Exhibit
Central Library, Upper Level

Opening Reception:
Tuesday, June 6 at 7 pm
Central Library Reading Lounge

Caring Across Boundaries is photography exhibition engaging First Nations and all peoples of Canada in reconciliation to promote the wellbeing of children and youth. The exhibition shares the daily experiences of three First Nation communities, with a view to inviting every Canadian to make a real and positive difference for First Nation children and their families.

The exhibit was created by The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, an award-winning national organization providing advocacy and engagement between First Nations and non-Aboriginal peoples. The photographs were created by internationally renowned photographer Liam Sharp and the people of Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario, Carrier Sekani Nation in BC, and Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick.

Exhbit Opening and Smudging Ceremony
Tuesday, June 6 at 7 pm
Central Library Reading Lounge

Join us in our Central Library Reading Lounge for the exhibit's special opening ceremony and talk with Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell. Banakonda is a Traditional Practitioner, a Knowledge Carrier, and is currently the Elder-in-Residence at the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Social Work.

All ages. No registration required.