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Indigenous Digital Artistic Hub: Connecting with our First Family: A virtual studio visit with Nyle Johnston (W.2)

May 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


This interactive workshop looks to the tradition of storytelling as a foundation for learning.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore the use of visual art as a catalyst for student voice and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.


As the founder of Miigizi Creations, Nyle Johnston offers support to a range of community organizations as a Visual Story Teller, Master Artist, experienced Muralist and Cultural Consultant. His artistic practice is focused on drawing and painting stories of the Anishinaabe Nation in order to raise awareness of their unique histories as they in turn inform his process. He was born and raised on his beautiful reserve on the Saugeen Peninsula (Bruce Peninsula) and took a keen interest in painting at a very young age. Nyle is an Oshkaabewis (Traditional Helper) and has been able to incorporate teachings based on traditional knowledge into each project and artistic endeavor he undertakes. Johnston currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Register for the event and join in a conversation with Tannis Nielson on the pedagogy of place and the Simcoe Mural Project.

Date: May 28th, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Indigenous Digital Artistic Hub relations of care for human and more-than-human be-ings

Welcome to the Indigenous Digital Artistic Hub: relations of care for human and more-than-human be-ingsmultiscalar site of Indigenous imaginings, futurisms, and land-ings that call us into radical relationality. The Indigenous Digital Artistic Hub is the first of a three-part series of online research-creation hubs curated by Karyn Recolletfeaturing international and national Indigenous knowledge holders entitled: “We prepare a space: Conversations, happenings, and arts-based pedagogy. The vision for this first iteration is to hold and sustain Indigenous artistic practice in accordance with the creation of radical ethical relationally between ourselves, our more than human kin, and lands. Particularly important are the ways in which we hold space for Ishpaadina as a space of water, land relationship, and celestial relationality. Join us as we transform New College into a hub of ‘happenings’ though conversation, artistic creation, and art-visim . 

In May 2020, New College was excited to host an artistic care hub during the annual Native American Indigenous Studies Association conference (NAISA), co-curated by Karyn Recollet (Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies Institute) and Jenny Blackbird (Ciimann/Kahuwe’ya/ Qajaq Indigenous Language initiative program coordinator, Centre for Indigenous Studies).  As well, the D.G. Ivey Library was excited to host Ange Loft’s Talking Treaties in Tkaronto multi-media installation. 

With the unfortunate cancellation of NAISA due to COVID-19,  the Indigenous Digital Artistic Hubas an offering to our communities, we, alongside exceptional Indigenous artists and art-ivists offer creative ‘happenings’ including a multi-media ‘happening’ featuring Ange Loft’s Talking Treaties in Tkaronto a live digital studio visit with Nyle Johnston; a conversation with Tannis Nielson about pedagogy of place and the Simcoe Mural projectan activation of relationality and kinship through bead-work with Naomi Smith; reclaiming our bodies through somatics with Nazbah Tomand an activation of relations of care through design and applique with Tala Tootoosis


May 28, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm