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Life Cycle of a Boat

October 18, 2023 - December 2, 2023

Year 2023 Organized by MSVU Art Gallery

MSVU Art Gallery is pleased to host Life Cycle of a Boat, an exhibit presented by the Two-Eyed Seeing ProgramMi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, and MSVU Art Gallery. The Two-Eyed Seeing Program creates events and programs for Mi’kmaw youth that are rooted in the principles of Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing), which embraces reciprocal relationship building and learning from both Indigenous and Western scientific knowledges and perspectives.

Life Cycle of a Boat is centered around a boat that was built, painted, blessed, and launched by Mi’kmaq youth from Sipekne’katik (Indian Brook) and Wasoqopa’q (Acadia) communities, in collaboration with mentors from Sipekne’katik, Wasoqopa’q, Millbrook, and Pictou Landing communities, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Mount Saint Vincent University, and elsewhere. The boat building and painting workshop featured artist Alan Sylliboy from Millbrook, water-walker and grassroots grandmother Dorene Bernard from Sipekne’katik, as well as others. Life Cycle of a Boat represents relationships that make the Two-Eyed Seeing Program possible in a tangible and literal way, featuring activities that showcase Western and Indigenous sciences, strengths, and synergies.

About the Two-Eyed Seeing Program

Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing) is a guiding principle for co-learning and integrative science, translated by Mi’kmaq Elders and academics – Elders Albert and Murdena Marshall from Unama’ki (Cape Breton) and Dr. Cheryl Bartlett. The guiding principles are based on reciprocal relationship building and seeing the world with the strengths of both Indigenous and Western scientific perspectives. With guidance from Elders, Knowledge Keepers, community partners, and Western scientists, the Two-Eyed Seeing Program aims to embrace these guiding principles to co-create a summer camp and various events for Mi’kmaw youth in Nova Scotia.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, October 18 at 9:30-11:30am

All are invited to join Two-Eyed Seeing Program participants and organizers for the opening reception of the Life Cycle of a Boat exhibit. Refreshments will be served and please contact with any access needs, requests or inquiries.

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