Indigenous First Nations’ Teachings Through Visual Art
February 6 to April 11, 2021
Untitled work by KLO Middle School grade 9 student, Sarah.
Dreaming Forward showcases 75 works of art created by students from fifteen different Central Okanagan Public Schools that have participated in the Indigenous Art Lesson Project since it launched in 2019.
Built with the cooperation of Indigenous elders and cultural leaders from the Westbank First Nation, and championed by local instructor Jim Elwood (MBSS), ten different art lessons have already taught over 1,000 students from Kindergarten to Grade 9, traditional art techniques and cultural connections to foster a positive appreciation of the diversity of Indigenous cultures in Canada.
Dreaming Forward shares the goals of the lessons with the broader community and is intended to represent student experiences, a future of a public better educated on Indigenous visual culture, and the prospect of future Indigenous artists seeing their cultural heritage in their early education.