Official Opening

Thursday 16 May at 6 pm
Free admission, open to everyone.


Indigenous. Global. Now.
The Sakahàn Symposium

Friday 17 May from 1 to 5 pm

Three speakers with diverse areas of expertise will address the artistic, historical and cultural timeliness of an exhibition on contemporary Indigenous art from around the world. Following the speakers’ presentations there will be a town hall conversation between the curators and artists in the exhibition. Simultaneous interpretation available. In the Auditorium. Cost: $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, and $10 members. Registration and ticket required: 613-998-8888 or 1.888.541.8888

Exclusive Members’ Preview

Thursday May 16
2-5 pm

Members’ Evenings

Thursday June 20 2013
6 to 8 pm

Thursday August 15 2013
6 to 8 pm

Meet the Curator

Wednesday 12 June at 2 pm: Greg Hill, Audain Curator of Indigenous Art
Wednesday 17 July at 2 pm: Christine Lalonde, Associate Curator of Indigenous Art
Wednesday 7 August at 2 pm: Greg Hill, Audain Curator of Indigenous Art

Free with Gallery admission

Adult Art Tours

Tuesday 18 June at 1:30 pm
One-hour guided tour in English; maximum 25 participants. Cost: 7$ + Gallery admission. Registration required at 613-998-8888.


Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm
10-minute talks on a work in the exhibition. In English.

Film/Video Series

Thursdays at 6pm
13, 27 June; 11, 25 July; 22 August


Director Taika Waititi (2010), 87 min.

The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand “Thriller” is changing kids’ lives. Inspired by the Oscar nominated Two Cars, One Night, BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age take about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson


Before Tomorrow
Directors Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu (2008), 93 min.
Inuktitut with French subtitles

Before Tomorrow is the story of a woman who demonstrates that human dignity is at the core of life from beginning to end, as she faces with her grandson the ultimate challenge of survival.


Shirley Adams
Director Oliver Hermanus (2009), 92 min.
English and Afrikaans, with subtitles in English

In the depressed Cape Town neighborhood of Cape Flats, a single mother contemplates her fate and cautiously accepts the help of an overeager social worker as she struggles to care for her paraplegic and suicidal son.



“It’s always about the land”
Program Length: 1 hour & 20 minutes

Sin tierra, No somos Shuar (Without Land, We are not Shuar),
Director Stacey Williams (2011), 23 min., Spanish and Shuar with English Subtitles

This film features the Shuar people of the Ecuadorian Amazon, and examines how foreign mining companies affect their lives, lands and culture.

Wanga Watangumirri Dharuk (Land Rights Case),
Director Ismael Marika (2011), 16 min., English and Yolngu Matha

Wanga Watangumirri Dharuk is a compilation film using new and archival footage about the Yolngu seeking control over their land in the face of mining operations.

Seeking Netukulimk
Director Martha Stiegman (2013), 21 min., English and Mi’Kmaq

Kerry Prosper is a Mi’kmaq elder, who is teaching his grandchildren how to exercise their treaty rights by fishing eels. Seeking Netukulimk is a lyrical exploration of the traditional laws that govern fishing in the Mi’kmaq world, and some of the political battles that have been fought to defend them.

Meshkanu: The Long Walk of Elizabeth Penashue,
Director Andrew Mudge (2013), 20 min., English and Innu-aimun with English Subtitles

Innu elder and activist Elizabeth Penashue leads a month long winter walk into the Torngat Mountains in Northern Labrador. The word “meshkanu” means a path, and Elizabeth believes that by following her “meshkanu”, she brings her ancestors closer and helps the lives of her children, grandchildren, and the Innu of today.

The People of the Kattawapiskak River
Program Length: 1 hour & 15 minutes (Q & A with the Director)

The People of the Kattawapiskak River
Director Alanis Obomsawin (2012), 50 min., English with French Subtitles

The People of the Kattawapiskak River is a documentary that exposes the housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario, a situation that led Attawapiskat’s band chief, Theresa Spence, to ask the Canadian Red Cross for help. With the Idle No More movement making front-page headlines, this film provides background and context for one aspect of the growing crisis.

“A Red Girl, a Good Indian, and a Dancing Cop walk into a bar…”
Program Length: 1 hour & 30 minutes

The Dancing Cop
Director Kevin Redvers (2012), 7 min., English

A cop comes across what he suspects to be a shoplifter caught in the act, but the confrontation doesn't go nearly as expected.

A Good Indian,
Director Andrew George (2010), 8 min.

Tom is a light skinned Native person, he finds himself included in a racist conversation directed at Aboriginal people and is forced to make hard decisions about how to respond.

Throat Song
Director Miranda de Pencier (2011), 18 min., English and Inuktitut with English Subtitles

Ippik, a young Inuk woman silently suffering from the pains of an abusive relationship, seeks to reclaim her voice.

Director Danis Goulet (2011), 16 min., English

Like any 16-year-old, Alyssa desperately wants to fit in with the crowd. But will her dreams crumble as her deepest secret is revealed?

A Red Girls Reasoning
Director Elle –Máijá Tailfeathers (2012), 11 min., English and Cree

The survivor of a brutal, racially driven sexual assault becomes a motorcycle-riding vigilante who takes on attackers of other women who've suffered the same fate.

Out in the Cold
Director Colleen Murphy (2008), 30 min., English

On a night so cold it hurts to breathe, three First Nations men find themselves abandoned on the outskirts of town.


Directors Otto Rosing and Torben Bech (2009), 95 min.
Danish and Greenlandic with English subtitles

When Malik discovers he's very ill, he keeps the news to himself and accompanies his cousin on a boat trip. What begins as an unremarkable outing becomes a transcendent journey at the edge of the world as he grapples with his elusive past and tunes into the present.

Portraits with Champlain

Sunday 19 May: 11 am - 2 pm
Friday 21 June: 11 am - 2 pm
Friday 9 August: 11 am - 2 pm
Have your portait taken by photographer Jeff Thomas at the Samuel de Champlain statue(Nepean Point).

Our Ways, Our Stories

The National Gallery of Canada and the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition have partnered on a series of artist workshops and talks. Over the course of ten weekends, visiting artists from the Sakahàn exhibition and the local Aboriginal community will fuel your passion for Indigenous art and create unique opportunities for listening, learning and doing. Saturday workshops from 1–4 pm Sunday talks from 1–3 pm

Artist Workshops and Presentations

3–4 August: Larissa Healey
10–11 August: Brett Graham
17–18 August: Simon Brascoupé
24–25 August: Sonny Assu 31 August: Marie-Claude Charland

Registration required at 613-991-4610 This program has been made available for First Nation, Métis and Inuit youth, their families and their communities through a private donation.

Music in the Galleries

Sunday 18 August at 3 pm
DJ Mad Eskimo and throat singers
Kathleen Merritt and Charlotte Qamaniq
Free with Gallery admission

Learning Lounge

Daily, in the Exhibition space
Relax and learn about the artists in the exhibition.

Artissimo For Families

Weekends and Statutory Holidays. Daily in July and August, from 11 am to 4 pm. Seven innovative activities allow families to explore art in the galleries – and their creativity in the Garden.