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Aboriginal Art Park Concept Plan

The City of Edmonton, Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations, Métis Nation of Alberta, Edmonton Arts Council and Indigenous artists have partnered since 2013 to develop an Indigenous Art Park that will permanently exhibit Indigenous artworks. Construction of the art park and supporting amenities started in Spring 2017. The park opened to the public in Summer 2018.

The Indigenous Art Park, named ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞, features 6 artworks by Canadian Indigenous artists. The artists were asked to create artworks that “tell the story of this place”.

ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞, pronounced (EE-NU) River Lot 11.

ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) is a Cree word meaning “I am of the Earth”. The art park is situated on ancestral lands of the Indigenous peoples whose descendants entered into Treaty with the British Crown resulting in the territory opening for settlement. River Lot 11 acknowledges the historic river lot originally home to Métis landowner Joseph McDonald. The park is located within Queen Elizabeth Park in Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River Valley.

About the Site

ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞ is set within upper Queen Elizabeth Park, located in Edmonton's North Saskatchewan River valley. Nestled between downtown and Old Strathcona, the park spans two key tourist and citizen destinations and overlooks landmarks such as Alberta’s Legislature Building and the High Level Bridge.

The immediate area of the park was originally part of River Lot #11 homesteaded by early Métis settler Joseph McDonald. The land a few miles south of the river was historically the reserve of Chief Papaschase’s Band, who had signed an adhesion to Treaty Six.

Edmonton is home to Canada’s second-largest urban Indigenous community. For centuries, this area has been a place of gathering, relationship building, and commerce for many peoples. It was here that early relationships led to the development of Alberta’s Treaty No. 6 Territory, the Province of Alberta, and the City of Edmonton.

The Indigenous Art Park was created to permanently display Indigenous artwork and is the outcome of a partnership between The City of Edmonton, Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations, Métis Nation of Alberta, Edmonton Arts Council and Indigenous artists.

For More Information

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