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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
14 Aug 18·7:00 PM

Reading Group

Emily Dundas Oke

A photograph of white bookshelves attached to a wall. Multiple books are installed on these bookshelves.

Join CAG CMA-RBC Indigenous Curatorial Assistant Emily Dundas Oke to explore prominent themes in Jeneen Frei Njootli’s exhibition, my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money in relation to the written work of contemporary Indigenous writers found in the exhibition’s accompanying library.

Participants of the reading group are invited to read Embodied Resurgent Practice and Coded Disruption, the eleventh chapter of Leanne Betasamoke Simpson’s 2017 book As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance, and come to discuss salient themes in connection to Frei Njootli’s current exhibition. Questions surrounding resurgence, generative refusal, embodied practice and decolonial praxis will be explored throughout the evening.

The accompanying library has been created by CAG and Jeneen Frei Njootli in partnership with Simon Fraser University Library.


Emily Dundas Oke is an emerging curator and artist. Her work addresses complicated relationships to land as they are embodied within the performative work of contemporary Indigenous artists. A 2018 graduate of Thompson Rivers University (TRU), she has been awarded the Ken Lepin Prize of Excellence for her deep involvement and dedication to research, leadership, the university, and broader communities. She is an alumni of the TRU Indigenous Knowledge Makers program, where she developed research relating the body as a site of knowing within performative works. She is a grateful Cree, Metis, Scottish, and English visitor on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.