MSVU Art Gallery is pleased to host Life Cycle of a Boat, an exhibit presented by the Two-Eyed Seeing Program, Mi’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.