Pre-Conference Events

Visit to Lower Fort Garry - SOLD OUT

Treaty One Big House

Journey to Lower Fort Garry, the site where Treaty One--the first of the numbered treaties--was signed between representatives of the Crown, Anishinaabe, and Muskegon Cree peoples of Manitoba in 1871. An insightful tour of Lower Fort Garry focusing on treaty history and relationships will set the stage for a meaningful panel discussion on site and subsequent conversations during the Pathways to Reconciliation Conference.

Transportation from the University of Winnipeg, admission and tour fees, and refreshments are included in the event  fee of $45.

The bus will depart from the University of Winnipeg at 1:00 pm, and arrive back at the university at approximately 5:00 pm.

Allen Sutherland

Allen Sutherland – White Spotted Horse / Waabshki Masinazoot Michtaatim, is the Treaty Project Officer for Parks Canada – Manitoba South. Allen will provide an introduction to treaty history prior to the tour and he will facilitate a panel discussion amongst the tour participants at Lower Fort Garry.

Allen’s call to reconciliation:
“What does reconciliation look like?
Does it matter to you?
Reconciliation requires that all Canadians hold a baseline understanding of Indigenous history and its treaties, including contemporary issues, languages and cultures.
As Canadians are now renewing the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples, perhaps it is best to go to the beginning, to explore the spirit and intent of Treaty One, where it was signed.
So to me, part of moving toward reconciliation means changing the way we think and talk about Canada, our shared history and future. We are all on this journey together.

Yes, it matters.
To all my relations!”



Reconciliation: Drawing with Reaction, Insight and Resolution

Pre-conference workshop
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
2:30 – 5:30 pm

Heap of birds

Join Cheyenne artist and professor Edgar Heap of Birds in a workshop that will produce a large-scale drawing. The workshop is open to conference participants, as well as members of the Winnipeg community.

The theme of the collective artwork will be issues stemming from social justice, accurate First Nations history, personal stories, healing and reconciliation. An artistic exploration is often an enriching method to discover hidden emotions and histories involving difficult policies and topics.

Heap of Birds, noted for his international artistic efforts using language, will begin the large drawing with a text based image from his vantage point of visiting tribal member, Traditional Cheyenne Warrior Society Leader and empathetic world artist. All participants will then begin to add their own expressive insights formed by words of different sizes, fonts and meanings. Text will become image and visual form as well as an intellectual landscape of sensations.

All participants are welcome to join in to contribute with this open and creative event, which utilizes seven foot by ten foot, high quality rag paper and jumbo black art markers.

The drawing will be completed during our session together. We will hang/install the drawing and offer our evaluations of the expression. As we examine the piece we can share interpretations of the text-based sentiments, thus learning from one another and offering progress together towards reconciliation.

This unique opportunity is sponsored by The University of Winnipeg’s Gallery 1C03 and Office of the Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs and Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art.

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is requested. To register, email Gallery 1C03 Director/Curator Jennifer Gibson at

About the Artist

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds works in multiple media, having shown his paintings, drawings, prints, and text-based conceptual works in numerous countries. Heap of Birds roots his practice in Cheyenne spirituality and an indigenous way of seeing and being in the world. Whether appearing as interventions in public spaces or in a gallery, Heap of Birds's carefully honed artworks pose questions about time, modernity, identity, power, and the meaning and value of contemporary art in a global culture.

Heap of Birds received his Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1979), his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas (1976) and has undertaken graduate studies at The Royal College of Art, London, England. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts (2008).

Museums that have exhibited his works include The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Museum of the American Indian, The National Gallery of Canada, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, Documenta, Germany, Orchard Gallery, Northern Ireland, Association for Visual Arts Museum, South Africa, Hong Kong Art Center, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, Grand Palais, Paris, and the Venice Biennale, Italy.