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Learn About Indigenous History at PAMA this June

This June, during Indigenous Heritage Month and all year long, the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) provides opportunities for visitors to engage with Indigenous art, culture and history. Visit Thursday, June 1 to meet and watch Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers create an art installation in PAMA’s art gallery atrium on her #hopeandhealingcanada tour which will be on display until Sept. 1. Explore the Sedna: Inuit Goddess of the Sea exhibition and don’t miss the opportunity to join Anishinaabe Grandmother Kim Wheatley for traditional songs, strawberry teachings and craft activities on Sunday, June 11. Throughout the month, until October 1, visit Generations Lost: Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools exhibition created by the Legacy of Hope Foundation to learn more about the history and legacy of the Residential School system in Canada.

hopeandhealingcanada with Tracey-Mae Chambers

On display June 1 – Sept. 1, 2023

Join Métis installation artist Tracey-Mae Chambers on Thursday, June 1 (2 – 7 p. m.) as she creates her site-specific art installation #hopeandhealingcanada at PAMA. Or, follow along with @visitpama on Instagram! She has created over 100 installations at residential school historic sites, museums, art galleries and other public spaces.

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Sedna: Inuit Goddess of the Sea

Permanent art exhibition

The sculpture atrium at PAMA includes works by Inuit carvers assembled to represent the legend of Sedna, the Inuit Sea Goddess.

Sedna is an important figure who features prominently in Inuit oral legends that are passed down from one generation to the next. Half human, half fish, she rules the underworld and over all marine life.

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Strawberry Moon Teachings Workshop

Sunday, June 11, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Join Anishinaabe Grandmother Kim Wheatley for traditional songs, strawberry moon teachings and craft activities. Kim Wheatley is Ojibway, Potawatomi and Caribbean in ancestry. She is a band member of Shawanga First Nation located on the shores of Georgian Bay in Robinson Huron Treaty Territories and is Turtle Clan. She carries the Sprit name “Head or Leader of the Fireflower” and has worked for 3 decades with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across Canada.

Pre-registration is required and included in the price of general admission. Admission can be purchased in-person on the day of your visit. Members are free. Children must be accompanied by a guardian.

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Generations Lost: Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools

On now – Oct. 1, 2023

This exhibition, which is in partnership with the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF), focuses on the Residential School System and its enduring impacts on Survivors, their descendants, and society as a whole.

The LHF is a national, Indigenous-led charitable organization whose goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System (RSS) and subsequent Sixties Scoop (SS) on Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) Survivors, their descendants, and their communities to promote healing and Reconciliation.

About PAMA

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street East in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.

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