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NAISA 2020 Conference May 7-9, 2020 Toronto, Canada

Artist Commissions

NAISA 2020 Artist Commissions were envisioned as a chance to be part of something unique, to contribute to a lasting legacy of Indigenous scholarship in Tkaronto, and to engage our city and land in ways that are meaningful. Artist commissions are a way to bring people together, to share our stories, and to offer a bridge between arts-based disciplines and non-arts sectors. We recognize artists as important contributors to Indigenous knowledge and pedagogy and that by engaging artists we can help bring a meaningful sense of place to NAISA 2020.

We are excited to announce unique artistic opportunities are being explored by Ryerson University, York University and New College, University of Toronto as part of the NAISA 2020 program. In support of this work, an Artistic Works Information Package has been created to share with all university partners, conference attendees, artistic commission sponsors, and participating artists.
Our Invitation to be in Good Relations is something that artists might consider as they design their works for the artistic commissions. The NAISA 2020 Artistic Works Information Package is available upon request from

We want to

be in good relation with lands, more-than-human and human beings while visiting at NAISA 2020 and beyond.

move beyond a static land acknowledgement and engage with Tkaronto in a way that is reciprocal.

build ethical kinship that extends beyond the meeting.