6th edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennal

April 28 to June 26, 2022 

Land Back
Duane Isaac, Land/Body, 2020

The 6th contemporary native art biennial will focus on the land back movement, referring to the indigenous-leaded actions to recover stewardship of traditional lands and ecosystems, protecting them for coming generations.

This Indigenous-led call to action has gained ground in recent years following the accumulation of events both past and present: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the National Inquiry about missing and murdered Indigenous Women, the Canadian pipeline and railroad protests of 2020, the 30th anniversary of the Oka crisis, the still ongoing boil water advisories and the housing shortage in communities, the discovery of the anonymous graves of the Canadian residential schools and the unbolting of the statues of John A. Macdonald across the country. The Land Back movement is a clear call for decolonization. This growing demand for justice is heard throughout the communities.

The 6th edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial at the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke will present works offering a northern perspective on the Land back theme with around a dozen artists from or working around the Far North.

Whether it is through the memory and conservation of the Land, in the evocation of terrestrial, marine, celestial territories and those which are crossed, the artists of the North have a vision of their own of the future, weighed down by the threat to the arctic environment caused by climate change.

Works in sculpture, photography, video, printmaking, and performance will propose.


The 6th edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial will have 7 pavilions: La Guilde, the Art Mûr Gallery, the Stewart Hall Art Gallery, The McCord Museum, the Maison de la culture de Verdun – Quai 5160,  the Maison des Jésuites de Sillery and the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke.