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Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona's new show combines her love of Inuit culture and the impending threat of climate change

Ashoona, who received a special mention for her work in this year's Venice Biennale, continues to draw attention to a previously underrepresented culture

Canadian city’s decision to cancel statue of bison and fur trader is ‘authoritarian’, artist says

Ken Lum’s bronze statue, completed years ago but never installed, was deaccessioned by Edmonton for fear that it “may cause harm”

Winston Churchill portrait stolen from Canadian hotel and replaced with copy

Staff at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa noticed that the frame of the 1941 photograph did not match others in its reading room

Canadian foundation will give more than $150,000 to artists of Ukrainian heritage

The Hnatyshyn Foundation will confer awards to ten displaced Ukrainian artists and ten Canadian artists of Ukrainian descent

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Canada moves toward adopting artist's resale rights law

The move would be especially significant for First Nations artists, who make up an enormous share of Canada’s art market but rarely earn more than subsistence income from sales

Museum devoted to Jean-Paul Riopelle planned for remote Quebec island

The museum, proposed by the artist’s widow, would cost $3.3m and is to be situated on scenic island in the St. Lawrence river

Pope Francis addresses forced assimilation in Canadian tour amid calls for repatriation of Indigenous artefacts from Vatican Museums

Francis delivered a speech in Maskwacis as part of a week-long visit to apologise for the role of the Catholic church in the cultural genocide of Indigenous communities

Indigenous Canadian artists pressure government to curtail sales of counterfeit First Nations art

Imports of artworks manufactured abroad to replicate Indigenous Canadian styles are not currently regulated

In new performance, artist Janice Kerbel choreographs a fight for one

Kerbel’s new solo exhibition at Catriona Jeffries gallery in Vancouver, the artist is debuting two new performance works

Scrapped: $789m plan to demolish and rebuild Canadian museum on hold amid backlash

What would have been the most expensive museum project in Canadian history is paused indefinitely due to opposition over its cost

Shortlisted artists revealed for Canada’s 2022 Sobey Art Award

Works by the finalists vying for the country’s top contemporary art prize will go on view at the National Gallery in Ottawa in October

A brush with… Stan Douglas

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Agnes Martin to Samuel Beckett

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Chinese Museum in Vancouver aims to rewrite Canada’s racist history

The museum will be built on the site of the Rennie Museum in Vancouver, which focuses on contemporary art

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Turner Prize and Sobey Award winners and Judy Chicago highlight Toronto’s second biennial

Whereas the inaugural biennial focused on the city’s lakefront shoreline, this pandemic-delayed sophomore edition is organised along Toronto’s creeks and ravines

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts settles dispute with its former director

Nathalie Bondil, who was fired in 2020, was seeking $1.5m in moral and punitive damages from the museum’s board

Artist Johnny Bandura’s mural of residential school victims becomes tool for teaching Canada’s colonial legacy

Through partnerships with universities and a forthcoming showcase at the Parliament of British Columbia, Bandura’s 215 portraits are educating Canadians young and old

‘A master of fire and light’: Quebec-born abstractionist Rita Letendre has died aged 93

The much-honoured artist created bold public works in Toronto and had a major retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2017

Sculptor and hereditary Haida chief James Hart wins one of Canada's top art prizes

Hart said receiving the C$100,000 ($80,000) Audain Prize is ‘part of the larger process of reconciliation’

Canadian museum closes Indigenous galleries to begin ‘the process of decolonisation’

The Royal British Columbia Museum will overhaul an entire floor of exhibits devoted to Indigenous and First Nations groups

Polar bear killed and skinned by Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is honoured in her work for Sobey Art Award

The animal skin is a screen for a video installation that “celebrates the bear’s spirit”, and touches on climate change, Indigenous rights and decolonisation

Artist curator claims Art Toronto owes them back wages after unfair dismissal

When the fair went online-only during the pandemic last year, a planned section dedicated to queer and non-binary artists was cancelled

Art and architecture merge on Vancouver’s towers—but is the cultural outreach more than illusion?

Two public projects launching this week highlight the Canadian city’s booming developments, in which only a select few can afford to live

Picasso Blue Period blockbuster to finally open in Toronto early October

The show, delayed because of Covid, focuses on three works painted by the “insanely ambitious” artist during a low point in his early career

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Klee Wyck, a historic home used by Emily Carr in West Vancouver, to be demolished

The property, bequeathed to the district by a physician friend of the artist for use as an arts centre, has been neglected for decades

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‘What they could have become’: artist Johnny Bandura creates mural imagining the lost futures of 215 Kamloops children

The Qayqayt First Nation artist has created vivid portraits of the residential school victims whose lives were cut short

Joe Average unveils new mural honouring the fight against Aids in Vancouver

Marking the 40th anniversary of the first reported cases of the disease in the US, the Canadian artist and activist expands his One World, One Hope design to a city-sized work

Dealer admits to marketing fraudulent Indigenous wood carvings to Canadian museums and galleries

Works by a non-Indigenous artist known as Harvey John were sold at museum gift shops and galleries as authentic Haida artworks

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Rembrandt loan show will finally launch in Ottawa as National Gallery of Canada reopens to the public

Ontario museums have been shut for months because of surge in Covid cases this April

'I want the UN to come and see what has happened here': Canadian Indian residential school survivor speaks out for victims in his art

Vancouver-based Cowichan/Syilx artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun creates new work in memory of dead Indigenous children