Art exhibition celebrates the work of Making Treaty 7 Society

Bringing everyone together: Chantal Chagnon, member of the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, is a musician who sang ‘The Creator Song’ to kick off the group’s art exhibit. (Photo by {Micah Alexander}/The Press)

Calgarians came together Sept. 18 for the second year in a row to show support for the work created by local indigenous artists.

The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society hosted its second art exhibition at CSpace. Miriam Fabian is the continuing curator of the event.

“We are giving these incredible indigenous people a chance to be seen and heard,” said Fabian.

Many local indigenous artists were there to display and speak about their work to Calgarians.

The purpose of Making Treaty 7 is to produce an event of both international and local interest, and to demonstrate the potential for change and transformation for all people.

Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society is a non-profit organization that focuses on the historical significance of the events at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877, and effects of Treaty 7 to date.

Making Treaty 7 has more exhibitions coming up in October, January and May.

The exhibition kicked off with Chantal Chagnon singing and making music. She sang the Creator Song and played her drum.

“In this circle, everyone is one. We are strong people coming together,” said Chagnon.

In an interview Chagnon said that Making Treaty 7 has made her feel good in the last two years.

“I call Treaty 7 my home. I feel accepted, loved and appreciated. This place makes all of us feel heard. I’m thankful to be given this opportunity.”

Creative Art Director Justin Many Fingers thanked the guests for showing love to the artists. He described the artists as courageous.

“I was fostered here, I became an artist and performer. And now I have watched this group of people grow, shape and shift and I am so thankful,” said Many Fingers.

The exhibition was spread over three floors and included different art pieces such as paintings, photography, paddles and sculpture.

Autumn Whiteway, one of the artists had many pieces in the show.

Whiteway has been painting for just over a year and considers making art one of her favourite hobbies. She is a full-time archeologist in Calgary.

“I was actually wiping dirt off of my face before walking into the exhibit,” she said in an interview.

Many artists were featured, including one who was 13 years old.

Approximately 70 per cent of the pieces were up for sale, for prices ranging from $100 to $1,500. All the money went to the artists.

Making Treaty 7’s goal is not to raise funds, or attract attention. Rather, it hopes to gain acceptance and appreciation from all Calgarians.

“We care about gaining…appreciation towards our fearless artists,” said Fabian.

The main attraction: One of the paintings that attracted crowds at the Making Treaty 7 Society art exhibit on Sept. 18 at CSpace in Calgary.  (Photo by {Micah Alexander}/The Press)