Couple plan gallery space to help Indigenous street artists get better prices for their work

Published July 28, 2021


After seeing a lot of Indigenous artists in Toronto sell their artwork on the street for much less than what it’s worth, a couple plan to open a gallery to feature those artists.

Brianna Olson-Pitawanakwat, who is Anishinaabe from Wikwemikong, Ont., and her partner Nanook Gordon, who is Inuvialuk from Inuvik, N.W.T., have been raising funds to open Native Arts Society, an art gallery and studio space.

During the pandemic Gordon founded Toronto Indigenous Harm Reduction, an initiative that focuses on helping people living in encampments, those struggling with substance use and people who have barriers to accessing social services. It was through this volunteer work that sparked the idea to create the gallery.

Read the full article here (via CBC)

two people standing next to each other, the one on the left smiling with a hat on, the one on the right has their arm around the other, while wearing a mask.
Nanook Gordon and Brianna Olson-Pitawanakwat started the Native Arts Society plan to give Indigenous street artists a chance to create and have their work sold in a gallery. (Nanook Gordon, via CBC)