First Nations Art Unveiled by Mosaïcultures internationales de Montréal
First Nations Art Unveiled by
Mosaïcultures internationales de Montréal
Repentigny, March 27, 2017 – Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal, in collaboration with representatives of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador and of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation, this morning unveiled the four works that will make up the First Nations section of MOSAICANADA 150 / GATINEAU 2017.
As the First Nations’ lore and legends come to life through those works, visitors will be transported on a journey of discovery through the culture and values of those Nations, which have been such a significant part of Canada’s identity.
Two of the four majestic works were designed by Anishinabeg artist Dean Ottawa, and their frames are currently being assembled in the workshop in Repentigny. These are the Legend of Wìsakedjàk and a work illustrating the construction of a birch bark canoe by an Algonquin family.
The work entitled Born with the Sun, designed by Wendat-Abenaki artist Christine Sioui Wawanoloath for the 2013 Mosaïcultures, and the Huron-Wendat legend of Aataentsic, illustrated by Mother Earth, the MOSAICANADA icon that is already at the site, will complete this magnificent and magical ensemble.
More than half a million plants will lend their colours to these masterly works, the most imposing of which are more than 12 metres high. The 13-metre tall Mother Earth will gaze down upon the 5-metre high Wìsakedjàk, sitting in her 12-metre long canoe, surrounded by larger-than-life animals, as she heads towards the giant turtle, with its 10-metre diameter shell, floating amidst a sea of blue flowers.
CHIEF GHYSLAIN PICARD: “An event like MOSAICANADA 150 / GATINEAU 2017 is a tremendous opportunity to introduce the million visitors expected to the values and culture of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador through the legends that inhabit our inner world and draw upon our relationship with nature.”
NORM ODJIK, REPRESENTATIVE OF VERNA POLSON: “The Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation is pleased to be part of MOSAICANADA 150 / GATINEAU 2017, and thereby mark its connection with Jacques-Cartier Park through the works of artist Dean Ottawa.”
LISE CORMIER: “This journey through the inner world and spirituality of the First Nations, including the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation, which inhabited and whose soul continues to inhabit Jacques-Cartier Park, will be the focal point of our exhibit.”
LOUIS ROQUET : “Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal is delighted to have the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador and the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation join in MOSAICANADA 150 / GATINEAU 2017. The First Nations are the ones that wrote the longest chapter in Canada’s history, well beyond its 150 years of Confederation, and they are the soul of our country.”
MAYOR MAXIME PEDNEAUD-JOBIN: “It’s a great honour for Gatineau to show such imposing First Nations works of art. The Jacques-Cartier Park site is symbolically the perfect place to display these sculptures. The MosaiCanada exhibition will certainly be the one not to miss this summer in Gatineau. Not only will it enhance our city’s reputation and generate significant economic benefits, but it will also give visitors a whole cultural and historical overview,” indicated Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin.
Through MosaïCanada 150 / Gatineau 2017, Mosaïcultures internationales de Montréal hopes this project will highlight certain aspects of Canada’s history and culture in collaboration with the provinces and territories, as well as the First Nations people.
In collaboration with Communities in Bloom and on the recommendations of a historical committee set up for the project, the provinces, territories and First Nations proposed the themes that were adopted, and their historical significance for the works that will represent them. The outcome will be a spectacular Mosaïcultures exhibition at Gatineau’s Jacques-Cartier Park, specifically designed for the occasion. The Park falls under the responsibility of the National Capital Commission. With the participation of the Government of Canada.