Rachelle Lafond,  Chiichinuu "Our Home",  thread and canvas, 28 x 33 cm, 2012. Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Reproduced with the permission of the artist.

Rachelle Lafond, Chiichinuu "Our Home", thread and canvas, 28 x 33 cm, 2012. Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Reproduced with the permission of the artist.

raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)

Barry Ace (Anishinaabe Odawa), Sonny Assu (Ligwilda'xw), Carl Beam (Anishinaabe), Christi Belcourt (Michif / Otepimisiwak), Rebecca Belmore (Anishinaabe), Christian Chapman (Anishinaabe), Dana Claxton (Hunkpapa Lakota), Ruth Cuthand (Plains Cree/Scottish), Wally Dion (Saulteaux), David Garneau (Métis), Tanya Harnett (Assiniboine), Faye HeavyShield (Kainawa), Greg A. Hill (Mohawk), Mark Igloliorte (Inuk), Jimmy Iqaluq (Inuk), Elisapee Ishulutaq (Inuk), Alex Janvier (Dene/Saulteaux), Piona Keyuakjuk (Inuk), Myra Kukiiyaut (Inuk), Rachelle Lafond (Cree), Jim Logan (Cree/Sioux/Métis), Kayley Mackay (Inuk), Qavavau Manumie (Inuk), Ohotaq Mikkigak (Inuk), Lisa Myers (Anishinaabe), Nadia Myre (Algonquin), Marianne Nicolson (Dzawada'enuxw), Lionel Peyachew (Cree), Tim Pitsiulak (Inuk), Annie Pootoogook (Inuk), Barry Pottle (Inuk), Pitaloosie Saila (Inuk) and Tania Willard (Secwepemc)

Curated by Ryan Rice (Mohawk)

Exhibition Premiere

Presented by:


Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond Street West, Ground Floor
September 16–December 10, 2017
Wednesdays: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Thursdays & Fridays: 12:00pm-7:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 12:00pm-5:00pm


Artists & Curator Talk: 5:00pm, as part of Art Crawl

raise a flag presents selected works from a national heritage collection representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis art. Housed in Ottawa, managed by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Indigenous Art Collection is one of the most important and comprehensive art collections of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada and beyond. In light of and in tandem with Canada’s 150 commemorations, raise a flag represents alternative discourses and uncovers missing narratives from the framework of a national identity. The works in raise a flag focus on recent acquisitions, obtained from 2000 to 2015, which chronicle recent significant national narratives reflecting upon Canadian heritage, diversity and collective memory.

raise a flag is also produced with the support of the Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, courtesy of the Indigenous Art Centre/Collection des Affaires autochtones et du Nord Canada, courtoisie du Centre d'art autochtone; Our Children’s Medicine program and HigherMe; the Canada Council for the Arts; the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD University; and the Delaney Family Foundation.

Ryan Rice, a Mohawk of Kahnawake, Quebec received a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received an Associate of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has worked for the past 18 years within the museum/art gallery milieu at various centers including the Iroquois Indian Museum, Indian Art Centre, Carleton University Art Gallery and the Walter Phillips Art Gallery. He has published articles in the periodicals - Canadian Art, Spirit, Fuse, Muse and Blackflash and numerous catalogues. Rice was also a co-founder and former director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective. His exhibitions include ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land, Oh So Iroquois, Scout's Honour, LORE, Hochelaga Revisited, ALTERNATION, Soul Sister: Re-imagining Kateri Tekakwitha and Counting Coup. From 2009 - 2014, he was the Chief Curator the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In August 2014, Rice was appointed Chair of Indigenous Visual Culture program at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. He was also named 2014-15 Audain Aboriginal Curatorial Fellow at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.