About Us.

The Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge is a hub for facilitating the documentation, communication and translation of Indigenous ways of seeing. Drawing on the inseparable concepts of perception and knowing, Wapatah assists Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and researchers to collaborate on the presentation and representation of artistic knowledge. Wapatah highlights the innumerable lenses through which Indigenous people envision the world–whether through artistic production, language, or interaction with the land–using each of these as a research tool to form new questions and concepts about the world. Wapatah promotes Indigenous research at multiple scales, from Indigenous-led research at OCADU to creating connections and partnerships at the global level.

Research Foci.

Research at Wapatah activates Indigenous ways of seeing through four distinct themes.  Often interwoven, these areas speak to the artistic, political, cultural, and theoretical scope of Indigenous research.

Cultural Entanglement​

Wapatah researches materials and narratives created at the intersection of cultures to understand how such interactions reflect, stimulate, and produce original artistic expressions. The Centre provides a collaborative space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, students, artists, and Elders to exchange perspectives and knowledge about art produced in cultural contact zones.

Land/Human Relations

Wapatah highlights connections between human and natural environments, and seeks to understand how artistic production gives voice to these relationships.

Digital Reclamation

Wapatah uses digital scholarship as a means to enact new opportunities for Indigenous research and impact, and enhance the presence of Indigenous knowledge on the global stage.

Globalized Indigeneity

Wapatah seeks out connections between Indigenous scholarship and artistic practice around the world, and fosters insightful partnerships to develop local and global strategies that are holistic, humanistic, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable.

Kānawāpātahmōwin in the Plains Cree language means the condition of seeing and perceiving, or visual knowledge.​


Wapatah has an extensive history of Indigenous-led research programs that critically explores the diversity, aesthetics and methodologies of Indigenous knowledge from around the globe. 

Ranging from exhibit curation to symposia and publications, these projects seek to centralize Indigenous presence and perspectives in both academic and community research contexts.


Entangled Gaze: Haida Gwaii 2019
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Entangled Gaze: Haida Gwaii 2019
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