Museum Moment: Celebrating Métis Week 2021

To celebrate Métis Week during the week of Nov 14, 2021, the programming department of the Musée Heritage Museum is featuring the work of 3 Métis artists in our Education Space: Christi Belcourt, Leah Dorian, and Reanna Lorraine Savard.

Christi Belcourt is a Michif (Métis) visual artist with a deep respect for Mother Earth, the traditions and the knowledge of her people. In addition to her paintings she is also known as a community based artist, environmentalist and advocate for the lands, waters and Indigenous peoples. She is currently a lead organizer for the Onaman Collective which focuses on resurgence of language and land based practices. She is also the lead coordinator for Walking With Our Sisters, a community-driven project that honours murdered or missing Indigenous women. Her work Giniigaaniimenaaning (Looking Ahead) commemorates residential school survivors, their families and communities to mark the Prime Minister’s historic Apology in 2008 and is installed at Centre Block on Parliament Hill commissioned by the Government of Canada. She was named the Aboriginal Arts Laureate by the Ontario Arts Council in 2015. In 2016 she won a Governor General’s Innovation Award and was named the winner of the 2016 Premier’s Awards in the Arts. Author of Medicines To Help Us (Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2007) and Beadwork (Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2010). Christi’s work is found within the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gabriel Dumont Institute, the Indian and Inuit Art Collection, Parliament Hill, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and Canadian Museum of Civilization, First People’s Hall.

Ms. Belcourt’s Métis roots include family originally from our area including Manito Sakayikan (Lac Ste. Anne) For more information, please visit Christie Belcourt’s website.

Leah Marie Dorion is an interdisciplinary Métis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A teacher, painter, filmmaker and published writer, Leah views her Métis heritage as providing her with a unique bridge for knowledge between all people. Leah holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degree. She has numerous creative projects to her credit, including academic papers for the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, books for children, gallery showings of her art works, and numerous video documentaries that showcase Métis culture and history. Leah’s paintings honour the spiritual strength of Aboriginal women and the sacred feminine. Leah believes that women play a key role in passing on vital knowledge for all of humanity which is deeply reflected in her artistic practice. She believes women are the first teachers to the next generation.

To view more information, please visit Leah Dorian’s website.

Reanna Lorraine Savard is from amiskwaci’wâskahikan and is an art teacher. Reanna works in acrylic, ink, and makes paper sculptures. She likes to use her art to educate others on Indigenous historical and contemporary issues, all while sharing the beauty that surrounds the culture, such as Métis floral beadwork. By using contemporary mediums to execute a modern take on traditional beadwork, she believes Métis dot art reflects her goal visually. She is prominent member of the Indigenous art community in the Edmonton area. Her work has been featured in the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Art Walk, Blue Horse Gallery and Studio, and most recently, ROOM magazine.

For more of Reanna Lorraine Savard’s art go to her Instagram or Facebook page.

Please come on down to the Musée Héritage Museum during Métis Week as we celebrate three great Métis artists. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at museum@artsandheritage.ca or call us at 780-459-1528.