Public Studio & Nyle Miigizi Johnston: This Place, Neyaashiinigmiing


Public Studio, This Place, Neyaashiinigmiing, 2019, courtesy of the artist

Public Studio
& Nyle Miigizi Johnston
This Place, Neyaashiinigmiing

January 14 – March 28, 2020
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough

CANCELLED: Opening reception
Tuesday, January 14
5pm – 8pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at 5:30 pm, to return at 8:30 pm, first come, first served

This Place, Neyaashiinigmiing weaves a set of narratives about genetically modified fish, nuclear power and private hunting islands, against the backdrop of the Bruce Peninsula’s unforgettable landscape. In an immersive installation of video, sound and drawings, the work examines the ongoing court case between the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) and the Canadian Government contemplating how exploitative threads from Canada’s colonial history continue today and have deep environmental and social impacts.

Canadian Senator Justice Murray Sinclair has famously argued, regarding Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation initiatives, that “reconciliation is a verb, it is something you do.” As today’s corporate and state apparatuses feel ever-more opaque and insurmountable, we are increasingly reminded that any such conciliatory “doing” will only be possible through solidarity across cultural and class divides, between Indigenous and settler Canadians. Public Studio in collaboration with Nyle Miigizi Johnston, an artist, muralist, storyteller from Neyaashiinigmiing, as well as other members of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON), artists Ange Loft, Miles Rufelds and composer Dave Wall have created This Place, Neyaashiinigmiing, sketching imaginative and poetic associations between the political, ecological, and legal narratives that play out across Indigenous and settler history. Together, our stories weave contrasting tales of past and present, creation and colonization, dispossession and perseverance.


Artist talk by Nyle Miigizi Johnston
Tuesday, January 21
1 – 2 pm
Doris McCarthy Gallery, U of T Scarborough
Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery and Studio Art program, Department of Arts, Culture & Media

All programming is free and open to the public. For more programming information, see the DMG website.


Public Studio is the collective art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky. Public Studio creates large-scale public art works, lens-based works, films, and immersive installations. Grounded in the personal, social, and political implications of landscape, Public Studio’s multidisciplinary practice engages themes of political dissent, war and militarization, ecology and decolonisation. Public Studio often works in collaboration with other artists.

Nyle Miigizi Johnston
My spirit name Wiishkoonseh Miigizi’enh means Whistling White Headed Eagle. I grew up in Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and I have apprenticed with Storytellers since I was young. I have a responsibility to continue this legacy for the healing of my own people while connecting to the broader world. Sources of my artistic inspiration include woodland painters, Story Tellers and the traditions of my culture. In a time of reconciliation, it is important for all people to know that we exist and have such a strong, beautiful legacy of stories and teachings from the Anishinaabe Nation that are grounded in my experience and identity. As an Oshkaabewis (Traditional Helper) who previously worked with Anishnawbe Health Toronto, I have been able to incorporate teachings based on traditional knowledge into each project. Our stories resonate with people across different cultures and they carry universal messages of love, kindness, fairness and care for Mother Earth.


Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 am to 4 pm; Wednesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Saturday, 12 to 5 pm.
Admission is free. Open to the public. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

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