La Maison des Artistes Visuels Francophones and David Carty: The Canoe and Its People, August 4 - 20

La Maison des artistes visuels francophones

David Carty

The Canoe and Its People

August 4 - August 20

The Province of Manitoba is home to the world's largest, intact, boreal forest. There are many remote rivers running through this area with an abundance of wildlife, pristine forests accompanied by the peace and calm of mother earth. These rivers were, at one time, the natural highways of our forebearers and Indigenous peoples. The Bloodvein River, a Canadian Heritage River and currently being considered to become a United Nations World Heritage Site is highlighted in two of the paintings in the show. One of the paintings illustrates a De Havilland Beaver float plane and the Prospector canoe (originating from the birch bark design) that were both developed in Canada and are considered to be icons of wilderness travel throughout the world today.

The Indigenous people have used these river highways for millennia. The design and development of the birch bark canoe was, in no small feat, a marvel in design and technology. Our nation as it stands today was guided and built by the Indigenous, French, English and Metis of early Canada. The Canoe and its people played an immeasurable role in this, what we call Canada today.