Tisiget Indigenous Art Project - Canary District

Tisiget Indigenous Art Project

The Tisiget Art Project is one of Canada’s leading Indigenous art exhibitions, set to launch Sept 30th in the Canary District. Led by Thomas Sinclair and Mishiikenh Kwe, the exhibition will feature a number of prominent First Nations artists including Brianne Island and Patrick Paul. A cutting edge demonstration of Augmented Reality (AR) developed by EXAR Studios will also be unveiled as part of the event.


October 1-11, 2022
Open daily from 12:00pm to 8:00pm


CNR Building (453 Cherry Street)


Mishiikenh Kwe (@mishiikehnkwe) (Autumn Smith) is self-taught Anishinaabe (Ojibway/Odawa) artist from Magnetawan First Nation (north of Parry Sound, Ontario).

Autumn has always had an interest in art inspired by her family, her community, their stories and the land around her, especially those of her paternal grandmother Yvonne Peltier-ba of Wikwemikong.

She began painting in the woodland style in 2016, to support herself while in college to be a Child and Youth Care Worker at Collège Boréal in Sudbury, but decided after graduation in 2018 to quit her CYW job to pursue art full-time.

Since then Autumn has used her time to paint, learn her language and spend time on the land with her 2 year old son Jiibik.

Patrick Paul (@absoluteoriginalart), or Babaamise Binesi is a self-taught Ojibwe Woodland Artist from Whitesand First Nation.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Paul never imagined taking up a brush until April 2021 when creativity and desire to explore his heritage captured his imagination.

Patrick’s imagery depicts animals, community across the generations, and the landscapes, traditions, and legends that filled his heart while growing up in Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario.

Brianne (Bree) Island (@bree.island) is a self-taught visual artist and nehiyaw iskwew / Cree woman from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Treaty 8 territory, who currently resides on the unceded ancestral lands of the Kwantlen First Nation.

As a practicing Woodland artist, it is Bree’s hope that her art will bring shared intergenerational healing to her family and community. Her art is an intimate sharing of nehiyaw / Cree worldviews and teachings, and honours connections to land and spirit.

Much of Bree’s creative energy is focused on using both the traditional and digital to reclaim ancestral knowledge and to imagine Indigenous futurisms. Bree’s mindful art practice is rooted in ensuring that no matter what the future looks like, we bring our Indigenous values and ancestral knowledge with us.

Thomas Sinclair (@tsinclair76) is Ojibway from Couchiching First Nation.

He was given the name Miiskwabiik Maadjakawis by Adam Lussier-ba.

Translation is the red metal whirlwind who sits in the western doorway.

From the turtle clan, he has participated in art shows in Venice Italy, Madrid Spain, London England and Innsbruck Austria.

Thomas is currently represented by Canvas Gallery in Toronto Ontario, Butter Gallery in Collingwood Ontario and will be working in collaboration with the Van Gogh art Gallery in Brussels Belgium.

The exhibition will launch with the support of: