INVC students offer sneak peek into ROM collaboration

Group photo of students and others involved in the project
Monday, April 9, 2018

A museum technician in white gloves laid out a beaded vest and an ornate hood at the media preview of Uncover/Recover at the Royal Ontario Museum April 6. Imbued with history, culture and artistry, these colourful artifacts are among the objects from the ROM’s archives that nine students from the INVC program are researching for an interactive digital project. The result, Uncover/Recover, will be an online learning environment that incorporates photography, sound, digital manipulation and time-based media.

At the preview, students Megan Feheley and Shawn Johnston spoke about how they developed their works, what inspired them and the travel and research they undertook for this deeply personal project. Feheley will transform and animate images derived from beadwork, while Johnston’s audio work will incorporate the sounds of a deer hoof rattle.

Bonnie Devine, associate professor and the founding chair of the INVC program, believes the project will bring the stories of these artifacts to viewers across the province, and country.  

The Uncover/Recover website will be online this summer thanks to funding support from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.

Female student standing next to a table with hood and vest artifacts
a man and three women standing for photo

OCAD U’s INVC program hosts Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership meet-and-greet

Ryan Rice, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School with participants. Photo by Martin Iskander.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 1:45pm

OCAD U’s Ryan Rice, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, formerly Delaney Chair, along with The Inuit Art Quarterly/Inuit Art Foundation (IAF), hosted a meet-and-greet with partners of the Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq/Pijariuqsarniq Project.

The project is a partnered research training initiative (PRTI) that will support Inuit students studying to become academics and cultural leaders working to build capacity for Inuit to work in the arts.

INVC/OCAD U and IAF are the Toronto partners in the project. Two Master of Arts Indigenous students from OCAD University  ̶  Emma Steen and Adrienne Huard  ̶  have been hired as research assistants for the project.

Led by a group of Inuit advisers, this project seeks to address the longstanding absence of Inuit leadership across the humanities by establishing a culturally, socially and geographically relevant PRTI to provide meaningful opportunities for education and advancement. Pilimmaksarniq/ Pijariuqsarniq are the Inuit societal values of developing skills and knowledge through "observation, mentoring, practice, and effort."

The meet-and-greet included all of the partners working on the research project and upper administration, deans, chairs and Indigenous faculty.

Participants at INVC meet-and-greet. Photo by Martin Iskander.

The Laxgiik Convocation Robe: Luke Parnell & Selected Prints by Working Title Press

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Laxgiik Convocation Robe: Luke Parnell & Selected Prints by Working Title Press

Curated by Erica Crisobal

The Laxgiik Convocation Robe is an installation created in the style of a Northwest coast Indigenous Chilkat blanket. This project is capturing the spirit in which these prestigious blankets are given: the spirit of reciprocity. Prints will be sold and removed from the installation one by one; the Robe will be ever changing until the last print is sold. 

Proceeds will be donated to Printmaking, Publications, Sculpture/Installation & Indigenous Visual Culture programs at OCAD U. 

Ada Slaight Gallery, OCAD University

100 McCaul Street, 2nd floor

Opening: 5:00-9:00pm Friday, October 26

Artist talk: 6:00pm Friday, October 26

Ongoing performance and sale: Friday, October 26 5pm-9pm; Saturday, October 27th, Noon-5pm


Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Gallery, OCAD University 100 McCaul St. 2nd Floor
Right: "The Laxgiik Convocation Robe" black text on white background. Left: orange, yellow and pink Northwest coast style image

Flux Refusal - Indigenous Student Association Exhibition

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:00am to Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 5:00pm

Flux Refusal assembles artistic explorations of Indigenous cultural trajectories, futurities, approaches, and outcomes previously ignored by the Western world. Through the questioning and rejection of norms established by institutions, the epistemology of Indigenous Transmotion is recentred in how we assert our own futures

Location: Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre, room 410, 113 McCaul. 

Dates and hours: May 2-6th, 11am-5pm 

Opening reception: Thursday May 3rd, 6-8 pm 

Venue & Address: 
Room 410, 113 McCaul Street

Delaney family meets scholarship recipients

Kiki Delaney shakes hands with a student
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Former OCAD U Chancellor Kiki Delaney and family members gathered in the bright sky-lit painting and drawing studio at 100 McCaul St. on March 27 to meet the recipients of the Delaney Scholarships.

In 2015, the Delaney Family Foundation made a generous pledge to OCAD University, a gift of $4M to support four specific areas:

The Delaney Entrance Undergraduate Scholarships — renewable, merit-based scholarships for students in Fine Art.

The Delaney Entrance Graduate Scholarships — established to attract the most promising students to the following programs:

  • Master’s in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
  • Master’s in Criticism & Curatorial Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design

The Delaney Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC) Research Initiatives Fund, which fosters projects and enterprises that support research into Indigenous culture and art.

The Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture. This named Chair allocates funds to critical components of the INVC program, ranging from student outreach and recruitment to the development of teaching resources that incorporate Indigenous perspectives and culture into the curriculum.

The guests heard from two scholarship recipients who spoke about the difference the scholarships made in their academic lives: Jerad Beauregard, in his second year of the undergraduate Drawing & Painting program, and Madeleine McMillan, pursuing her Master’s degree in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories

This year, the scholarships support five incoming students and 13 renewals.

Group photo of the Delaney family, president Sara Diamond, faculty and scholarship students
Student Madeleine McMillan speaking at lectern
Two students working on a sculptural piece

Statement from President Diamond on Colten Boushie

Monday, February 12, 2018

On behalf of OCAD University, I offer deep condolences to the Baptiste/Boushie family and the people of Red Pheasant Reserve, and mourn the loss of a young man described by his mother as gentle and optimistic. We agree with Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould when she says “Canada must do better.” It is essential for the judicial system to ensure a fair, just and equitable legal process for all Indigenous people of all ages.  

At this time, our hearts also go out to our Indigenous students, faculty and staff who are deeply affected by Friday’s verdict and its implications.

OCAD University recognizes the urgency for us all, as allies and an institution, to undertake meaningful actions of social justice through art and design education. 

OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand.

Pedagogical Perspectives on Indigenous Art and Design

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 1:30pm

INVC and FCDC have collaborated on a Faculty conversation with Nigig Visiting Artist, Barry Ace. 

I have sent and invitation to all faculty as an Outlook Calendar invite, but I wanted to share the attached with you as well.  Feel free to share or promote the event.  If faculty office staff are interested in attending, they are more than welcome.

Pedagogical Perspectives on Indigenous Art and Design

Monday, January 29, 2018 - 1:30pm

INVC and FCDC have collaborated on a Faculty conversation with Nigig Visiting Artist, Barry Ace. 

I have sent and invitation to all faculty as an Outlook Calendar invite, but I wanted to share the attached with you as well.  Feel free to share or promote the event.  If faculty office staff are interested in attending, they are more than welcome.

Nigig Visiting Artist Talk: Barry Ace

Photo of artist Barry Ace in front of his works
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Barry Ace is a practicing visual artist who currently lives in Ottawa. He is a band member of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. His mixed-media paintings and assemblage textile works explore various aspects of cultural continuity and the confluence of the historical and contemporary. He will be on campus from January 9 to February 6, 2018.

The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency, hosted by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD U, provides an opportunity for an Indigenous artist to visit the university for a three-to-four week period to focus on a short-term project and explore – in a collaborative environment – issues impacting their work. The visiting artist engages and interacts with students and faculty in the capacity of mentorship, critique, lecture and a public workshop/demonstration.

Please contact Nigig Visiting Artist Residency coordinator Vanessa Dion Fletcher,, if you plan on attending. 

The Nigig Visiting Artist Residency Program is supported through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Targeted Initiative Fund.



Venue & Address: 
INVC Student Centre 113 McCaul St. (Village by the Grange) Level 4, Room 410

Documentary screening: WHEN THEY AWAKE

Film poster depicting a number of Indigenous artists
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 6:45pm to 9:00pm

Following in the footsteps of trailblazers like Buffy Sainte-Marie and Robbie Robertson, Indigenous musicians across North America are carving paths into mainstream consciousness, reclaiming their rightful place in contemporary culture, and using music as a gateway for dialogue and reconciliation. 

With intimate access to all the key players, from Tanya Tagaq to A Tribe Called Red and everyone in between, WHEN THEY AWAKE is a music revolution right before your eyes.

About the Director (in attendance for Q & A): 
PJ MARCELLINO is a Toronto-based producer/director with Longyearbyen Media. He was previously a photo-reporter, journalist, author, and editor, and later a political advisor with international agencies, before reinventing himself as a filmmaker, bringing onto the screen a sense of urgency and empathy developed through working on hard-hitting socio-political issues such as migration, human security, and peace-building. He studied Documentary Filmmaking at Toronto's Documentary Film Institute at Seneca College.

In partnership with Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD U, CULTURE SHIFTS is a documentary series at OCAD that presents documentary media as a catalyst for critical discussions and community action for social change. The series his supported by Art and Social Change, the Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, the Faculty of Art and the Integrated Media Program.

For information contact Ryan Rice

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St., Toronto Level 2, Room 230