Dibaajimowin: Stories from this Land

Exhibit opens September 23, 2022 at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum

Dibaajimowin highlights the Indigenous contributions to the history of this land. Contributions often overlooked in favour of the well established settler narrative. A narrative represented in the familiar set of murals painted by Selwyn Dewdney in 1950.

Yet, our stories do not exist alone - rather they live parallel to each other.

Dibaajimowin invites visitors to recognize how the way they look at things has been shaped. And, offers an opportunity to a look a little closer at the richness and depth of the stories that need to be told.

Aniishnaabe curator Emma Rain Smith delivers an exhibit that is comforting, beautiful, airy and warm. It provides visitors with a point of connection to the land, to the stories and to each other. Emma’s vision creates a beautiful opportunity to explore the power of culture and understand a deep connection to the land.

Aambe bizindaw - come let's listen to the oral history of Urban Indigenous folks. Learn about the land, the relationships, the networks and cultural resilience.

We invite you to immerse yourself in the multimedia journey that is Dibaajimowin: Stories of this Land.

Learn more about Dibaajimowin: Stories from this Land.

Original location of murals Waterloo Trust
Waterloo Trust 1955

The commissioned murals in their original location within Waterloo Trust, 1955
Courtesy of the University of Waterloo Library, Special Collections & Archives, KW Record Photographic Negative Collection

Jack Pollock, Norval Morrisseau & Selwyn Dewdney - 1960
Jack Pollock, Norval Morrisseau & Selwyn Dewdney -1960

Photograph of, left to right, Jack Pollock, Norval Morrisseau, and Selwyn Dewdney being interviewed at an exhibit opening in the late 1960s
Courtesy of Michael Maynard

O:se Kenhionhata:tie Land Back Camp
O:se Kenhionhata:tie Land Back Camp

Photograph taken at O:se Kenhionhata:tie Land Back Camp
Courtesy of Bangishimo Johnston

Dibaajimowin Wordmark
Dibaajimowin Wordmark

Dibaajimowin wordmark and graphic design by Design De Plume Inc. - An inclusive design circle that is women-led and Indigenously-owned.