The Indigenous Art Park permanently exhibits six artworks by Canadian Indigenous artists. The works were conceptualized to tell the story of the place - ancestral lands of the Indigenous peoples whose descendants entered into Treaty with the British Crown resulting in the territory opening for settlement.
The name of the park is ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW),pronounced (EE-NU). It's a Cree word meaning "I am of the Earth." The name River Lot 11 acknowledges the historic river lot originally home to Métis landowner Joseph McDonald. It's located within Queen Elizabeth Park on the southside of Edmonton's North Saskatchewan River Valley.
The works and artists are:
iskotew - Amy Malbeuf (Rich Lake, Alberta)
pehonan - Tiffany Shaw-Collinge (Edmonton, Alberta)
mikikwan - Duane Linklater (Moose Cree First Nation, Ontario)
mamohkamatowin (Helping Each Other) - Jerry Whitehead (James Smith First Nation, Saskatchewan)
Reign - Mary Anne Barkhouse (Nimpkish Band, Kwakiutl First Nation)
Preparing to Cross the Sacred River - Marianne Nicolson (Dzawada'enuxw Nation)
The curator of the Indigenous Art Park is Candice Hopkins (Carcross Tagish First Nation, Gaanax.âdi clan). She is a noted scholar and artist, having held curatorial positions at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), National Gallery of Canada, Walter Philips Gallery, and the Western Front.
The park was developed in partnership between the City of Edmonton, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, Métis Nation of Alberta, Edmonton Arts Council and Indigenous artists and community members.