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Canada’s Official Entry At Venice Biennale In Architecture – Sto:lo Connection

Ottawa/Chilliwack– The Canada Council for the Arts, this year’s Commissioner of Canada’s official entry at the Biennale, is honored to reveal that the exhibition: UNCEDED: Voices of the Land presented by Douglas Cardinal will be brought to life through an immersive audio-visual installation produced in collaboration with Toronto-based digital and new media firm, The Mustard Shop.

Cardinal is Blackfoot from the Kainai Nation and features three indigenous architects from British ColumbiaPatrick Stewart (whose architecture firm is based in Sto:lo traditional territory near Chilliwack) as well as Alfred Waugh and Ouri Scott.

The exhibition, measuring an impressive 40 x 100 feet in scale, is comprised of a half dozen interconnected circular spaces that will transport visitors through a series of thematic “territories” that cut across the exhibition’s four central themes: indigeneity, sovereignty, colonization and resilience. Each territory will feature interviews animated by life-size projections and 3D motion graphics of the diverse group of 18 Indigenous architects and designers from across Turtle Island (Canada/USA) describing how Indigenous history, philosophy, ancestral knowledge inform their architectural design.



What else visitors can expect:

  • An original soundscape of powwow drumming and singing engineered by Dave Plowman, A Tribe Called Red’s Tim Hill (2oolman), and Iskwé;
  • Footage from Andrée Cazabon’s latest documentary;
  • Exclusive drone footage some of Douglas Cardinal’s most celebrated buildings across Canada and the USA;
  • A powerful short film on the history and rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada featuring Sol Sanderson.

UNCEDED: Voices of the Land will be one of the most riveting and transformative offerings at the Biennale this year; a poignant testimony of the power of architecture based on an Indigenous worldview. Acting as Commissioner, the Canada Council for the Arts is immensely proud to play a role bringing this unique project to the world stage,” said Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts.

About UNCEDED: Voices of the Land

UNCEDED: Voices of the Land was selected through a national juried competition convened by the Canada Council for the Arts is presented by Douglas Cardinal and curated by David Fortin and Gerald McMaster. The project is made possible by the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada, as well as its institutional partners: The Canadian Museum of History, Laurentian University, OCAD University and The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. For more information:

About the Commissioner: The Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national public arts funder. We champion and invest in artistic excellence so that Canadians may enjoy and participate in a rich cultural life. In 2015-16 we allocated $157.4 million dollars towards artistic creation and innovation through our grants, prizes and payments. We also conduct research, convene activities and work with partners to advance the sector and help embed the arts more deeply in communities across the country. We are responsible for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO which promotes the values and programs of UNESCO to contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for Canadians. The Canada Council Art Bank operates art rental programs and helps further public engagement with contemporary arts.

About the Venice Biennale in Architecture

The Venice Biennale in Architecture is the most important and prestigious exhibition in contemporary architecture. A meeting place for architects, artists, designers, planners, builders, politicians, students, teachers and cultural leaders, the 2018 edition expects more than 300,000 visitors to experience the cutting edge of architecture and architectural discourse in Venice, Italy. The Biennale is open to the public from May 26- November 25, 2018.  For more information visit

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