Canada History Week 2022 Learning Tool

Canada History Week 2022 Learning Tool 1. As a class, discuss what you know about Indigenous art in Canada. Have you ever seen Indigenous art? Where did you first encounter it? What did it look like? What medium did it use? Do you know the names of any contemporary or past Indigenous artists? What might be some reasons behind the gaps in your knowledge and exposure? 2. Read about the History of Indigenous Art in Canada and Contemporary Indigenous Art in Canada on The Canadian Encyclopedia (TCE). 3. Watch the video on PNIAI and read the corresponding article on TCE. 4. Split into seven groups, assign each group a member of PNIAI, and read their article on TCE. You may want to do supplementary research to round out your understanding of their life and work. How did this member contribute to PNIAI? What was their role in the collective? Each group will give a two-minute presentation on their group member to the class. 5. Using what you have learned about PNIAI, about the group member you researched, and from your classmates’ presentations, complete the Historical and Cultural Significance chart below: Why is PNIAI important? Why are its members significant to Canadian art history? What cultural influence have they had (individually and collectively) on art and culture in Canada? Daphne Odjig (Barbara Woodley/Labatt Breweries of Canada/Library and Archives Canada/e010955979). Historical Significance Criteria Notes Prominence: Was the person/group recognized as significant at the time? Why or why not? What did it mean to be “significant”? Consequences: What effect(s) did the person/group have? Impact: How widespread and longlasting was the person/group’s impact? Revealing: What does the person/ group reveal about the larger historical context or current issues? How do they inform our understanding of a historical issue or period? 6. Historical and Cultural Significance