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Ming Wu: KANATA 150? looks at the role of colonialism in Canadian patriotism

By Ming Wu on January 14, 2017


You probably already know Ming. He is a champion of music, art, and culture, and brings enthusiasm and fun wherever he goes (which, as it turns out, is a lot of places).

This week, Ming visited the opening of KANATA 150?, an exhibit at Studio Sixty Six, which showcases the work of seven emerging Indigenous artists reflecting on the nature of “Canada 150”.

As the gallery puts it, “The City of Ottawa and Government of Canada are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Dominion of Canada with events, promotions, and other ambitious goals to increase Canadian pride and patriotism. These festivities are promoting both the history and future of the nation state confederated in 1867. Canada is a country built from settler colonialism, which leaves the question of how the Indigenous peoples of this land are meant to participate in these celebrations.”

The show runs until February 18th.

For more on Ming, check out his website, radio show and Instagram.