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Director’s Message

September 30, 2021

Artist as an Old Man (1998) and The Outsiders (2009) by Ron Noganosh. Installation view of Sheltered in Place: Portraits of Self, Family and Community at the Ottawa Art Gallery, 2021. Photo : Chris Snow

Dear OAG Members, Friends, and Supporters, 

Today, September 30, 2021, the Ottawa Art Gallery—which sits on unceded and unsurrendered traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people—recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by opening its doors to the public as a space for quiet reflection. This day provides an opportunity for all of us to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. We know that art plays an important role in cross-cultural expression, understanding, and healing and at the OAG you will find powerful works on view by Indigenous artists such as Annie Pootoogook, Ron Noganosh, Jessie Oonark, Martha Kyak, and Craig Commanda. We invite you to take this day to join us in honouring the memory of the victims by engaging, connecting and learning more about the ongoing legacy of work that continues to thrive through Indigenous art and artists that reside in the region.


Alexandra Badzak
Director and CEO
Ottawa Art Gallery


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