Promoting Reconciliation Through Art: “Change the Bill”

Feb 09, 2023
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On January 23, 2023, the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) launched "Change the Bill". This is a call to action that aims to promote reconciliation through art. Despite being the original inhabitants of this land, an Indigenous woman has never been represented on a permanent Canadian banknote.

Irene Goodwin, NWAC’s Director for Policy and Programs, Culture, Art, Youth, Sport, has been an important part of getting the message out about the underrepresentation and marginalization of Indigenous women. Despite playing a crucial role in shaping the country's history and culture, Indigenous women have been historically excluded from mainstream representation. Working together to amplify the voices of Indigenous women in mainstream media and prioritize representation will help to breakdown long-standing barriers.

In recognition of this important issue, The Local Gallery in Toronto hosted an exhibition from January 20th to 28 to showcase reimagined $20 bills by Indigenous artists. The exhibition was designed to raise awareness and empower Indigenous women in Canada, in alignment with the objectives of NWAC.
These pieces of art highlight Indigenous women heroes and provide an opportunity to showcase their talents and contributions.

Prints of each art piece are available to purchase for $20, with all of proceeds going to the artist.

This exhibition serves as an important step towards recognizing the significance and contributions of the Indigenous population. It also provides an opportunity to support and uplift Indigenous artists.

The power of art as a tool for social change and cultural understanding is well-documented. Museums and galleries around the world have long recognized the impact that art can have on people and society. From shaping the cultural mosaic of mankind for centuries, art continues to be a powerful means of influencing humanity.