ESTEVAN — The Souris Valley Museum, in partnership with the Métis Nation Saskatchewan Estevan Local No. 25 and the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, will host events to mark National Truth and Reconciliation Day on Sept. 30.
People are invited for a lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the museum courtyard, with admission by donation. The lunch will be provided by the Métis group and will consist of traditional hamburger soup with bannock.
After lunch, Métis artist Karlie King, whose art is on display at the EAGM and who has been doing a mini-residency with the gallery, will be doing a walk and talk down at Woodlawn Regional Park. King will talk about her residency, artistic practices and research, and her ceramic work that is displayed in the Inside Out displays around the park.
"This is our way of holding space and allowing Karlie to talk about her experiences here and her familial experiences as a Métis person, and just to give people a different experience, because we don't always have an artist's talk for Inside/Out," explained EAGM director/curator Amber Andersen.
The walk will start at the dog park at 1:30 p.m. after lunch at the museum and will go around the park to each of King's displays. This is a free event, and the organizers encourage all to come and hold space for Indigenous voices on this important day.
King is a multi-media ceramicist based in Regina on Treaty 4 Territory. The EAGM's current Inside/Out project features artworks made during King's mini-residency at the beginning of September. The artworks consist of ceramic vessels created by locally sourced clays and fired on location with a pit fire at Woodlawn, where the residency was hosted.
Inside/Out is featured in Plexiglas lidded plinths at four locations in Woodlawn Regional Park.