The Jasper Indigenous Exhibit

Jasper National Park

The Jasper Indigenous Exhibit, located in the heart of Jasper at Athabasca Park adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre, is an example of Indigenous partners coming together with Parks Canada to work towards reconciliation.

The central collaborative art installation features a large bronze sculpture of an eagle resting on a large sphere created by Lionel Peyachew. Words from six different Indigenous language including Anishinaabe, Cree, Dene-zaa, Michif, Secwepemctsín and Stoney are displayed on the sphere. Below the sphere is a representation of original beaded artwork created by Lisa Shepherd and Kristi Bridgeman. Throughout the exhibit, a mixture of community and artist panels are displayed, sharing the communities’ stories of connection to Jasper.

Every aspect of this exhibit has been conceptualized and designed in close collaboration with Indigenous partners and led by the Indigenous Exhibit Working Group. These collaborations took place over more than 50 meetings, where the design of the landscaping, walkways, outdoor furniture, lighting, the collection of Indigenous artworks and the commissioning of the central art piece were all determined. Central to the stories being told within the Exhibit is the displacement of Indigenous people and the impact this history has on Indigenous communities to this day.

The focal point at the centre of the Jasper Indigenous Exhibit is now in place. This collaborative Indigenous art installation features a large bronze sculpture of an eagle resting on large sphere with words from six different Indigenous language including Anishinaabe, Cree, Dene-zaa, Michif, Secwepemctsín and Stoney. Below the sphere is a representation of original beaded artwork.

Nearing completion

As the final elements of the exhibit are completed and when the site is safe for pedestrian use, Parks Canada will remove the perimeter fence.

The Grand Opening of the Exhibit is scheduled for September 7 and 8, 2024. The celebration will commemorate the meaningful relationships and elements that were built throughout completion of the Exhibit.

Indigenous Exhibit Working Group

The Indigenous Exhibit Working Group guided and advised the Parks Canada project team and the Jasper Indigenous Forum on aspects of the project. After many years of thoughtful development and collaboration, Indigenous partners and Parks Canada are in the final stages of creating an Exhibit that is representative, inclusive and meaningful.

Parks Canada would like to sincerely thank all the Indigenous Exhibit Working Group members and the communities involved so far for their immense contributions to this project:

  • Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
  • Aseniwuche Winewak Nation
  • Stoney Nakoda Nation – Bighorn Chiniki
  • Enoch Cree Nation
  • Ermineskin Cree Nation
  • Kelly Lake Cree Nation
  • Lac Ste. Anne Métis
  • Louis Bull Tribe
  • Métis Nation British Columbia
  • Mountain Cree - Smallboy’s Camp
  • Mountain Métis
  • Samson Cree Nation
  • Simpcw First Nation
  • Sucker Creek First Nation
  • Swan River First Nation

In the spirit of partnership, inclusion in the panel displays of the exhibit will remain open to non-participating partner communities of Jasper National Park.

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