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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 will start this Spring 2017. The park is expected to open to the public in Fall 2018.

The Indigenous Art Park, recently named ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞,   will feature six artworks by Canadian Indigenous artists. The artists have been 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.

Project Timeline

Concept PhaseFall 

Fall 2018 Art park opens. 
Summer - Fall 2017  Installation of art works. 
Spring 2017 - Fall 2018 Art park site preparation and construction of supporting amenities.
Spring 2017 Art park name approved.
Fall 2015 

Design of art park and surrounding amenities begins and Edmonton Arts Council begins selection process for art works.

Dec 2014  Funding for Phase 2 of the Queen Elizabeth Park Master Plan Implementation, which includes the Indigenous Art Park, was approved as part of the 2015-2018 capital budget. 
Sep 2013  A visioning workshop was held and laid the foundation for future development of an Indigenous Art Park in the park. This session introduced the idea of the proposed art park to community members, stakeholders and artists. 
Aug 2013  Queen Elizabeth Park Master Plan approved by City Council. 

Project Overview

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 MacDonald.  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.

About the Indigenous Art Park
The Indigenous Art Park was approved as part of the Queen Elizabeth Park Master Plan in August 2013. Planning for the art park began with a weekend “visioning workshop” at Sun & Moon Aboriginal Arts Society in September 2013, where Indigenous artists, community members, and the general public were informed about the park concept, and engaged in its creation.

Funding for ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11∞ was approved by City Council in December 2014, and a steering committee was created. It includes members from the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Arts Council, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, Métis Nation of Alberta, Elders and Indigenous artists/community members.

Six artists from across Canada were selected to create art works that reflect the ‘stories of this place’. Selected artists are required to engage with Treaty No. 6 First Nations, Métis people and other Indigenous citizens of Edmonton, and to work with Indigenous knowledge holders and Elders to ensure that the artworks will be relevant and meaningful to this place.

For more information on the art selection process and the artist, please visit the Edmonton Arts Council’s Indigenous Art Park webpage.

For More Information

Open Space Planning and Design

12th Floor, Edmonton Tower

10111-104 Avenue NW Edmonton
T5J 0J4

 
Telephone

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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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