Hart House Congratulates Wanda Nanibush

Hart House Congratulates Wanda Nanibush,

Curator in Residence



In support of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) on March 21, 2014, U of T’s Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office honoured Wanda Nanibush, Curator in Residence at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery for her efforts towards the elimination of racial discrimination and advancing anti-racism.

Within the theme of “Decolonizing Education towards the Advancement of Anti-Racism,” Wanda was recognized for “her work with and on behalf of Aboriginal artists by working to create spaces for Aboriginal artists to display their work and challenge Eurocentric modes of artistic expression.”

Wanda Nanibush is a First Nations activist, community organizer, writer and artist. At the University of Toronto, Wanda was the first ever Aboriginal Curator in Residence during which time she led the acquisition of the single largest groupings of works by emerging aboriginal artists for the Hart House Permanent collection. Wanda also recently served as the 2013 Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitor at OISE, teaching graduate level courses on Histories of Indigenous Women’s Resistance. Wanda also created a graduate exhibition on the subject of First Nations anti-colonial performance activism, titled Sovereign Acts (2012) and organized a national symposium called Nation to Nation Now (March 23, 2013) in conjunction with her activist work as one of the organizers of the Toronto Idle No More movement.

Learn more about the honourees, and the IDERD Campaign here: www.antiracism.utoronto.ca

Photo: Red Works Photography