There is good news in Ottawa, home to the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), a city that has been under a state of emergency in the past due to the ongoing Freedom Convoy protest. The gallery, which had closed due to the rise of Omicron but delayed its reopening due to the protests, announced on February 8 that it had created a department of indigenous ways and decolonization. […].— The Arts Journal
The service will focus on reinventing gallery programming and policies to better reflect Canada’s diversity and its Indigenous peoples. Its first vice-president, Steven Loft, who is of Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Jewish descent, will be joined by Michelle LaVallee, who is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) and a member of the Neyashiingamiing Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation in Cape Town. Croker, Ontario, with Canadian settler heritage from his mother. She will serve as the department’s director, which is expected to start on March 21. LaVallee will work with other senior staff, in addition to the Curatorial Department and the Indigenous Art Team.
The duo will work to deepen the gallery’s relationship with Indigenous communities around the world with a focus on decolonization and reconciliation.