National Indigenous Peoples Day - McCord Museum

Free Exhibitions and Screening

From June 19 to 21, 2021

National Indigenous Peoples Day


On the occasion of National Indigenous Peoples Day, the McCord Museum invites you to see the exhibitions There Once Was a Song by Meryl McMaster and Wearing our Identity – The First Peoples Collection free of charge from June 19 to 21.

A screening of the short film Smudge will also be available free of charge in the Museum’s theatre.

Free Exhibitions

There Once Was a Song by Meryl McMaster

Take the opportunity to discover this new exhibition by Meryl McMaster, an artist of Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree), British and Dutch heritage. For the first time, she has created an exhibition where she combines photography with other media. Her work questions the desire to capture and confine the natural world in order to freeze it in time.

Wearing our Identity – The First Peoples Collection

Don’t miss your last chance to visit this magnificent exhibition, which closes on June 27! Learn about the importance of clothing in the development, preservation and communication of the social, cultural, political and spiritual identities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Free continuous screening

The McCord Museum and the Festival Quartiers Danses present Smudge, a short film shot partly in the exhibition Wearing our Identity – The First Peoples Collection. This presentation highlights the rich collaborations that have taken place between the McCord Museum and Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo.

SMUDGE: [definition] “A ritual practiced by many Indigenous peoples that involves burning medicinal plants and immersing yourself in the smoke. It is used to cleanse, bring good energy, dispel negativity and connect with our ancestors and the Earth.”

Two generations, the past and the future. The strength of tradition, the isolation of the contemporary world. Connected by blood, by the Earth. Can this bond overcome the void?

 5 min. 20 s.
Location: McCord Museum Bombardier Theatre
Choreographer: Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo
Director: Angie-Pepper O’Bomsawin
Performers: Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Emily Kahente Diabo
Camera: François Léger Savard
Editing: Eric Morel
Music: Cris Derksen


Free. Registration mandatory.

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