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Canada House presents: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Time Immemorial (You’re Just Mad Because We Got Here First)

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Canada House, Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BJ
Pall Mall Entrance, free admission (security screening in place)

1 December 2017 – 17 February 2018
Monday to Saturday
11:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

The Canada Gallery is proud to host a new exhibition of works by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.

A noted advocate for contemporary Indigenous issues in Canada, Yuxweluptun is of Hul’q’umi’num Coast Salish and Okanagan (Syilx) First Nations descent.

In a year in which Canada has marked 150 years since Confederation with widespread celebration, the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom feels it is particularly timely to ask an Indigenous artist to add his voice – and to bring his perspective - to discussions of nationhood. 

A fitting choice, guest curator Victor Wang invited artist Yuxweluptun to take part given that his critical art practice over the past four decades has become a touchstone for Indigenous artists both nationally and internationally. This also marks the first solo exhibition by a First Nations artist to be hosted by Canada House.

One of the stated aims of the Government of Canada in 2017 is a commitment to move towards a new relationship with Canada’s Indigenous people.

A nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.  Canada 150 has provided an opportunity to continue the necessary process of truth-telling and healing for Indigenous people, a process that will benefit all Canadians and one that will ensure we leave a legacy for future generations.

Yuxweluptun is clear in his intent as an artist to record history and to provoke discussions that, however challenging and uncomfortable, are utterly necessary. These are the discussions that the High Commission of Canada both welcomes and embraces.

Guardian Spirits on the Land: Ceremony of Sovereignty

Guardian Spirits on the Land: Ceremony of Sovereignty (2000)
Courtesy of the collection of Michael and Inna O’Brian

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