Whose History? Reconstructing Indigenous & Settler Pasts on the Canadian Plains

The Humanities Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan in collaboration with the Mendel Art Gallery presents:

SYMPOSIUM (free admission, no pre-registration required)
Mendel Art Gallery Auditorium, November 6 & 7, 2009


Day 1:  Key Note Talks by Gerald McMaster and Neal McLeod
November 6th:  2:00 to 4:30 pm

Gerald McMaster, a distinguished visual artist and scholar, is Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto;

Neal McLeod, a painter, award-winning poet, entertainer and historian, teaches Indigenous Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.


Day 2: Panel Discussion: Mary Longman, Dan Ring, Grant McConnell, Neal McLeod, Gerald McMaster
November 7th: 2:00 to 4:30 pm


Mary Longman, a visual artist and award-winning sculptor, teaches Aboriginal art history at the University of Saskatchewan;

Dan Ring, Chief Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery, is the curator of a series of acclaimed exhibitions examining the relationship between art making and place;

Grant McConnell, a noted painter of Canadian historical themes, teaches studio and art history at St. Peter’s College, Muenster and the University of Saskatchewan;

Neal McLeod (see above);

Gerald McMaster (see above).


About the Symposium:

This two-day symposium is held in conjunction with two exhibitions at the Mendel: James Henderson: Wicite Owapi Wicasa: the man who paints the old men, co-curated by Dan Ring and Neal McLeod; and Mary Longman: New Work, curated by Jen Budney. These two exhibition-events on the work of Scottish-born artist James Henderson (1871-1951) and Mary Longman, born in Fort Qu’Appelle of Saulteaux descent, open up a space to reflect upon the overlapping and contested histories, geographies, and cultural narratives of Indigenous and Settler pasts on the Canadian Plains.

This symposium, exhibition, and other related programming was made possible through a contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage. Thanks also to the Department of Art and Art History, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan.

Audio Recording:

Please note that all audio is  in mp3 format with the duration and file size listed in parentheses. Click the links to open the file in your browser’s default media player or right click to download to personal computer.

November 6, 2009
Keynote Address – Neal McLeod (47m 22s ~ 44Mb)
Keynote Address – Gerald McMaster (70m 27s ~ 65Mb)

November 7, 2009 
Len Findlay, Introduction  (3m 27s ~ 3Mb)
Dan Ring (17m 25s ~ 16Mb)
Grant McConnell (13m 19s ~ 12Mb)
Mary Longman (18m 12s ~ 17Mb)
Neal McLeod (18m 35s ~ 17Mb)
Gerald McMaster (19m 37s ~ 18Mb)
Discussion Period (42m 30s ~ 40Mb)

From Left:  Grant McConnell, Gerald McMaster, Neal McLeod, Dan Ring, Lynne Bell, Mary Longman, Len Findlay, Vincent Varga

photos by Troy Mamer