Generations of Artist Supporting the Future (Orignal textile art by J'net Ayayqwyaksheelth with multi-media collaboration with Métis artist Jason Baerg)

Welcome to ECYAI2020, the Indigenous Encounters 2020: Art, Culture and Design of the Americas. Due to Covid-19 we will move to an Online Edition.

A selection of webinar series will be hosted over five days from November 16th to 20th, 2020.

“We would like to begin by acknowledging the Indigenous Peoples of all the lands that we are on today.  While we meet today on a virtual platform, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the importance of the land of which we each call home. We do this to reaffirm our commitment and responsibility in improving relationships and our own understanding of local Indigenous peoples and their cultures.”

The Indigenous Encounter: Culture, Art and Architecture of the Americas (March 18-22, 2019) at BNMM, in Buenos Aires, was a great success.

The ECYAI2020 Encounters brings to life the commitments made between Argentina and Canada at the Cultural Summits of the Americas, and the ongoing support of the Canadian Embassy in Argentina for multiple cultural activities with Indigenous people and their communities. The online nature of ECYAI 2020 will bring together people throughout the Americas despite the current COVID19 situation impacting Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities worldwide.

ECYAI2020 will be an exciting new opportunity to share knowledge and experiences through the Indigenous Worldview perspective. Our goal is to continue the dialogue among different Indigenous communities from Argentina and Canada.


Title: Truth through Textile Art: Conversation about living Indigenous cultures

Speakers: J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth (Ahousaht, Nuu-chah-nulth Nation Cedar Bark), Tracy Toulouse (Ojibway from the Bear clan), Nathalie Bertin (Métis/French)

Moderator: J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth

Date: Noviembre 18,  2020

Time: 16hrs Canada EST – 18hrs Argentina

Format: Webinar via Zoom. FB Live. Instagram Live.

Title: Ancestral Textile

Speakers: Elvira Challa Huasi, Celesta Valera (Colla), Andrés Casimiro (Purmamarca), Georgina Rivolta (Prof. Diseño Universidad de Rosario)

Moderator: Olga Corna

Date: November 20, 2020

Time: 16hrs Canada EST – 18hrs Argentina

Format: Webinar via Zoom. FB Live. Instagram Live.

Title: Indigenous Women and Interculturality: “collaborative conversations for a good life”.

Speakers: Idoia Arana-Beobide (Canada), Liliana Kremer (Argentina), Liz Sandra Ramírez (Paraguay), Irma Liliana Bertozzi (Salta), Elder Miigam’agan (Wabanaki), Margaret Kress (Saskatchewan), Myriame Martineau (Canada) and Elena Beatriz Martínez Riquelme (Paraguay).

Moderator: Pate Palero

Date:  November 19, 2020

Time: 16hrs Canada EST – 18hrs Argentina

Format: Webinar via Zoom. FB Live. Instagram Live.

Title: Indigenous women producers of art and knowledge

Speakers: Rosalia Gutierrez (pueblo Coya), Bianca Orqueda (pueblo Nivakle), Vilma Rosaura Palax Tuy (pueblo Kaqchikel, Guatemala)

Moderator: Marilin Rehnfelt

Date: November 17, 2020

Time: 16hrs Canada EST – 18hrs Argentina

Format: Webinar via Zoom. FB Live. Instagram Live.

Title: Heritage: Analysis, Observations, Possible Actions
Speakers: Teresa De Anchorena, Alejandro Iglesias Rossi, Juan Namuncurá, Alberto Petrina

Moderator: Juan Namuncura

Date: November 16, 2020

Time: 16hrs Canada EST – 18hrs Argentina

Format: Webinar via Zoom. FB Live. Instagram Live.

Shuvinai Ashoona “Mapping Worlds”

The Power Plant presents a survey of work by Artist Shuvinai Ashoona
Guest Curator: Nancy Campbell
Assistant Curator: Justine Kohleal, RBC Curatorial Fellow

The exhibition Mapping Worlds features pencil crayon and ink drawings produced by the artist over the past two decades. Many of Shuvinai Ashoona’s early drawings depict scenes of Kinngait (formerly known as Cape Dorset), Nunavut, continuing an artistic tradition begun by the Ashoona family, including her grandmother Pitseolak Ashoona (1904 – 1983) and cousin Annie Pootoogook (1969 – 2016). Living in Kinngait on the southern tip of Baffin Island, Shuvinai is part of Canada’s Inuit culture.

She produces her work at Kinngait Studios, the art arm of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative. Incorporated in 1959, the Studio has the strongest and longest tradition of any community–run, art making co-operative in the Arctic. Due to the stability and longevity of the co-op’s management, four generations of Inuit artists have developed and sold their art around the world. Shuvinai is best known for her highly personal and imaginative iconography, with imagery ranging from closely observed naturalistic scenes of her Arctic home, to monstrous and fantastical visions.

Shuvinai’s work is unique among the artists working in Kinngait. Her drawings imagine the past and present fused into a prophetic future such as human-animal hybrid creatures, women birthing worlds, and mystical or other-worldly landscapes clearly inspired by the terrain of her northern home.

Shuvinai Ashoona (born 1961, Kinngait, Nunavut, Canada) lives and works in Kinngait. Solo exhibitions of Ashoona’s work have been organized at Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, Iqaluit (2013); MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina (2012); Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa (2009); and Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2006). Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at venues including the Esker Foundation, Calgary (2017); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2017); Mercer Union, Toronto (2016), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2014) and SITE Santa Fe (2014). Most recently, Shuvinai Ashoona received the 2018 Gershon Iskowitz Prize.

Presented by:


Emilio José Moreno Chavarría

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