Joane Cardinal-Schubert

Arts (2007)

As a young art student in 1962, Joane Cardinal-Schubert was part of an invisible culture.

Because Aboriginal culture was unseen within history books, art, media and the education system, she strategically set her sight on altering that reality through her paintings and text-based installation work that specifically focused on her family history and Kainaiwa ancestry.

Cardinal-Schubert deconstructs, translates and transforms. It is her innate ability to interpret the realities of the world into magnificent installations of beauty and celebration.

A writer, curator, lecturer, poet and Aboriginal arts activist, Cardinal-Schubert inspires and enables Native artists across the continent to challenge and reclaim their creative identities. She created a home for Native art in Canada that is respected, highly regarded and continues to break new ground.

Cardinal-Schubert’s art is well-known for its penetrating ideas on contemporary First Nations experiences and its denunciation of Euro-American religious and governmental systems.  Cardinal-Schubert didn’t just create art she helped to fight for the right of Native artists to be exhibited in galleries and museums.

Cardinal-Schubert’s dynamic personality, passionate lectures and persuasive writing have all contributed to her recognition as one of Canada’s most renowned and beloved Aboriginal artists.