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Revolution in the Rock Garden: Special exhibit of Indigenous artwork opens at MJM&AG

Works by acclaimed First Nations artist Edward Poitras and collaborators looks to offer a new look at colonialism and Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan and beyond

Some of the messages are subtle. A graph carrying a dark meaning inserted into a piece of artwork, or what appears to be a simple rock sitting next to a fallen tower.

Others leave no doubt as to what they’re about. The massive black-and-white photo with The Amazon is Burning across the top, the impressive wall of gold concealing an almost equally as large picture of Indigenous peoples.

All seek to bring to light the era of colonialism as it relates to Indigenous culture and history, with a focus on the legacy and history of Treaty Four in Saskatchewan.

The Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery hosted artist Edward Poitras on the afternoon of Oct. 1 for the grand opening of his exhibit Revolution in the Rock Garden: A Treaty Four Art Action.

Close to two dozen museum patrons took in the talk in the Norma Lang Art Gallery, which saw Poitras explain some of the history and background behind his exhibits and how he and his fellow artistic collaborators were able to put together their endeavours.

The unveiling of the exhibit was part of events during Truth and Reconciliation weekend, including the first Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association Every Child Matters powwow and Rouge-Gorge performances by the New Horizons Dance company.

The Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. as part of Stay Safe Sundays, with masking and proof of vaccination required.

For more information on the exhibit and the MJMAG, be sure to visit their website at and check out their Facebook page at

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