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On Art: Douglas Cardinal shares ‘UNCEDED – Voices of the Land’


Celebrated Alberta-born architect Douglas Cardinal is responsible for some of Alberta’s most iconic buildings, including St. Albert Place, the Telus World of Science, and Grande Prairie Regional College. The master-builder is featured as part of a multimedia installation showcasing 18 distinguished Indigenous architects and designers.

Unceded – Voices of the Land is focused on how Indigenous thinking and spirituality impact architecture, and highlights the work of architects and designers as they tell their stories of Indigeneity, resilience, sovereignty and colonization. The show was created for the Venice Architectural Biennale, was featured at the Canadian Museum of History, and is now set to open at Edmonton’s Pendennis Building in March, 2022.

“I firmly believe that the Indigenous world view, which has always sought this balance between nature, culture and technology, is the path that humanity must rediscover and adopt for our future” Cardinal shares, “The teachings of the Elders are not the teachings of the past. They are the teachings of the future.”

Douglas Cardinal shared more about this exhibition in conversation with CKUA’s Grant Stovel, on Monday September 27th on Alberta Morning:

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