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WAG to Hold Wet’suwet’en Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Screening of short film Invasion as part of The Decolonizing Lens series

Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 26, 2020: This Thursday, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) will hold a film screening and panel discussion in partnership with the University of Manitoba and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Presented as part of the long-running Decolonizing Lens series, Art and Activism will be an evening of discussion, learning and understanding. The FREE event aims to create a safe space for shared dialogue and understanding about the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s efforts to protect their traditional territory and to discuss the role that art can play in political activism.

Quick Facts:

  • Thursday, February 27, at 6:00pm doors will open, with the film screening in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium at 7pm, followed by a panel discussion at 7:30pm.
  • Invasion is an 18-minute film by Michael Toledano, Sam Vinal, and Franklin Lopez about the Unist’oten struggle for self-determination. Learn more here.


  • Bruce McIvor, a Métis lawyer and historian from the Red River in Manitoba holds a law degree, a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history, and is a Fulbright Scholar.
  • Hetxw’ms Gyetxw, also known as Brett D. Huson (he/him/his) is an author and artist from the Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia.
  • Victoria Redsun is a multimedia creator, acclaimed poet, community outreach worker and a multifaceted artist who has spent significant time at the Unist’ot’en Camp on Wet’suwet’en Territory and was arrested on February 10, 2020.
  • Dr. Niigaan Sinclair is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba and regular political commentator on CBC, CTV and APTN.



“The Winnipeg Art Gallery invites all of Winnipeg to be a part of this important discussion. At this Decolonizing Lens event, attendees can learn about the role art plays in activism and about how to be an ally to the Indigenous community at this significant moment in Canadian history.

—Julia Lafreniere, Manager of Indigenous Initiatives, Winnipeg Art Gallery


Associated Links
Winnipeg Art Gallery – Art and Activism

Community Partners
aceartinc., Urban Shaman Aboriginal Art Gallery, Video Pool Media Arts Centre


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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Amy Rebecca Harrison
Engagement Supervisor
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Amber O’Reilly
Engagement Officer
Winnipeg Art Gallery


The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Opening in 2020, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making. To learn more visit


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