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To Talk With Others

November 2, 2019 - March 8, 2020 Project Coordinated by Mary Bradshaw and Valerie Salez | Ker and Centennial Galleries

To Talk With Others responds to the minutes of a meeting in August of 1977 between Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and five Yukon First Nations leaders regarding the then-approved Mackenzie Pipeline. Held in the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in archives, this document illustrates the ongoing dichotomy of two opposing cultures and ways of understanding economic, social and cultural development with the land and its inhabitants. Through a diverse range of media, Yukon artists Ken Anderson (Tlingit/Scandinavian), Lianne Marie Leda Charlie (Tagé Cho Hudän | Big River People), Valerie Salez (1st Generation Canadian), Doug Smarch Jr. (Tlingit), and Joseph Tisiga (Kaska Dene) activate this archival document and ultimately continue the conversation surrounding self-determination in the face of federal and corporate agendas.

Organized by the Yukon Arts Centre.



To Talk With Others is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

Image credits (right to left): To Talk With Others Exhibit. Ken Anderson, the mosquito becomes me, 2018, Wood (birch) and steel. Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography | To Talk With Others Exhibit. Lianne Charlie, Bull’s Eye, 2018, Plywood, Styrofoam, chicken wire, construction adhesive, newsprint, glue, pink paper, wallpaper paste, gold metallic wax, blown glass, Model Magic, and the Umbrella Final Agreement. Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography | To Talk With Others Exhbit. Valerie Salez, Non-Negotiables, 2018, Video and Yellow pinewood table, Photo by Devon Lindsay.

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