Winnipeg, MB – May 03, 2018
@resiliencemawa #resilienceart #50womenartists #50indigartists

On June 01, 2018, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) is honoured to launch Resilience, an exhibition of artworks by fifty (50) Indigenous women artists, curated by Lee-Ann Martin. This groundbreaking, contemporary exhibition takes place coast to coast, on 167 billboards along highways and in cities, and on large-scale posters in Northern communities. It spans a land in which too many First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and girls have gone missing.

Resilience is a creative act of reconciliation and response to Call #79 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. Call #79 encourages collaborations among Indigenous peoples and the arts community to develop a framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration.

Lee-Ann Martin, one of Canada’s foremost Indigenous (Mohawk) curators writes:

"For these artists, resilience is embodied as endurance, adaptability and sovereignty, in relation to customary practices, contemporary identities, the land, and the impact of colonial practices and strategies.”

The project will take place between June 1, 2018 and Aug. 1, 2018. Billboard and poster locations can be found on the Resilience website (, which also features information about all 50 artists, an in-depth curatorial essay and a public responses page.

The public is invited to attend the Resilience launch and celebration at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, 611 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB on June 01, 2018 from 6-9pm. Remarks will begin at 6:30pm. A free bus will be available to take viewers to some of the Winnipeg billboard locations.

The Resilience Artists
KC Adams, Kenojuak Ashevak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Rebecca Gloria-Jean Baird, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Jaime Black, Lori Blondeau, Heather Campbell, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Lianne Marie Leda Charlie, Hannah Claus, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Dayna Danger, Patricia Deadman, Bonnie Devine, Rosalie Favell, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Lita Fontaine, Melissa General, Tanya Harnett, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Bev Koski, Nadya Kwandibens, Mary Longman, Amy Malbeuf, Teresa Marshall, Meryl McMaster, Caroline Monnet, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter, Marianne Nicolson, Shelley Niro, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Nigit'stil Norbert, Daphne Odjig, Jane Ash Poitras, Annie Pootoogook, Sherry Farrell Racette, Sonia Robertson, Pitaloosie Saila, Jessie Short, Skawennati, Jackie Traverse, Jennie Williams and
Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson Gid7ahl-Gudsllaay Lalaxaaygans.

Lee-Ann Martin
Lee-Ann Martin is an independent curator living in Ottawa, Ontario. Formerly, she was the Head Curator of the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Curator of Contemporary Aboriginal Art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Martin has curated, written and lectured extensively on contemporary Indigenous art both nationally and internationally for over twenty-five years.

Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art
For over 34 years, Mentoring Artist for Women’s Art (MAWA) has supported visual artists by providing mentorships, workshops, lectures and more. MAWA works to ensure the visual arts are accessible to everyone, of all ages, backgrounds and genders. Please visit to learn more.

Resilience is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Art’s New Chapter program. MAWA was the recipient of the largest New Chapter grant awarded in Manitoba.

For more information and high res artist images, contact: Lindsey Bond, Project Manager; 204-293-3225; [email protected]
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art | 611 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1E1 | 204-949-9490 |