Indigenous Emerging Artist Program: Roxanne Charles

Indigenous Emerging Artist Program: Roxanne Charles
Sunday, February 17, 2019,
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday, February 17 from 10-4pm, Open Space and the Indigenous Artists Collective present the first of three workshops in the current Indigenous Emerging Artist Program (IEAP).
About the Indigenous Emerging Artist Program (IEAP)

Co-coordinated by Aboriginal Curator Eli Hirtle and France Trépanier, IEAP is an arts mentorship program that brings together emerging Indigenous artists, established professional artists, and elders. Running from February-March 2019, IEAP provides a crucial space for Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) emerging artists to strengthen and develop their voices, tell their stories, and widen their relationships to contemporary Indigenous art, culture and discourse.
Because an essential component of the IEAP is respect for and engagement with Indigenous methodologies and cultural protocols, the program will foreground the practice of understanding and responding to the IEAP host nation’s cultural protocols, specifically Coast Salish, Nuu-chah Nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw traditions. Learning and working within the territories of the group’s host nations will be guided by Lekwungen artist Bradley Dick Yuxweluptun and ‘Namgis Elder Gerry Ambers.

Workshop title: Professional Practices In A Time Of Reconciliation 
Artist Roxanne Charles will share her experience and practice working as an indigenous artist. Roxanne will facilitate a workshop that explores what it is like to be working as an indigenous artist in a time of "reconciliation." The workshop will look at Canada's adoption of the United Nations declaration of rights of indigenous peoples (UNDRIP), Truth and reconciliation calls to action, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women's Inquiry, the current state of food security and resource extraction in Canada. Questioning, what does this all mean for us as indigenous artists? The workshop will explore site specificity by acknowledging the land that we stand on and how this can help inform our work as artists. Participants will engage in discussion, explore the outdoors and work on group projects throughout the day to discover how we can work collaboratively. The workshop will also look at how indigenous and non- indigenous artists can work collaboratively to achieve common goals.
Artist bio:
Roxanne Charles of Semiahmoo First Nation is a cultural historian employing means of visual representation, oral history, and ceremony. Methods which have been utilized by Semiahma People for thousands of years. Roxanne holds two undergraduate degrees from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University. Roxanne’s work directly responds to a troubling colonial present and documents a variety of issues that reflect her life experience such as spirituality, identity, urbanization, food security, resource extraction, trauma, and various forms of systemic violence.
Who can participate:These workshops are designed for self-identified emerging artists of Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) ancestry.
What to bring: We will provide lunch and any supplies needed. We will be going outside for part of the workshop, so come prepared for the weather.
This workshop is free!
If you have questions or for more information, feel free to contact Eli at aboriginalcurator [at]
Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen-speaking peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations. 
 Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. If you have any other questions or concerns in regards to accessibility, please contact or 250-383-8833.