Jaimie Isaac

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Jamie Isaac
Jaimie Isaac and Leah Decter with '(official denial) trade value in progress' at 180 Projects.jpg
Jaimie Isaac and Leah Decter with '(official denial) trade value in progress' at 180 Projects
NationalityAnishinaabe, Canadian
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia

Jaimie Isaac is a Winnipeg-based Anishinaabe artist and curator.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Isaac is of Anishinaabe and British descent and is member of Sagkeeng First Nation.[2] She holds a master's degree from the University of British Columbia and a BA in art history with an Arts and Cultural Management Certificate from the University of Winnipeg.[2] Her Masters of Arts thesis was titled, "Decolonizing curatorial practice: acknowledging Indigenous cultural praxis, mapping its agency, recognizing its aesthetic within contemporary Canadian art."[1]


Jamie is a founding member of The Ephemerals Collective, an all-female Indigenous arts collective based out of Winnipeg.[3] She has sat on the boards of numerous Canadian art organizations including the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and the Aboriginal Manitoba Music association.[4]

In 2010, Isaac was employed as the visual arts coordinator for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.[4] In 2016, Isaac was co-faculty with artist Duane Linklater at the Summer Institute of the Wood Land School at Plug In Institute.[5]

From 2015 to 2017, Isaac served as the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Aboriginal Curatorial Resident, a position funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.[6]

In 2017, Isaac was hired as Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.[7]



  • "Reflections on Unsettling Narratives of Denial" in The Land We Are Now: Writers and Artists Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Winnipeg: ARP Books, 2015).[8]
  • "In Dialogue: Scott Benesiinaabandan’s waabana’iwewin" in Public 54: Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital, 2016.[9]
  • With Leach Decter, "(official denial) trade value in progress: Unsettling Narratives" in Reconcile This! (West Coast Line 71, no. 2, 2012).


  • Curated with Julie Nagam, Insurgence/Resurgence, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2017[10][11]
  • Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant, Winnipeg Art Gallery[12]
  • Curator, Border X, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2016.[13]
  • Curator, We Are On Treaty Land, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2015-2016.[2]
  • Quiyuktchigaewin; Making Good, Winnipeg Art Gallery[14]
  • With Leah Decter, official denial (trade value in progress), travelling participatory art project, across Canada, 2011-2015.[15]
  • Creator, Burning an Effigy, film, 2014.[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Participant in Canada Council for the Art's Indigenous delegation, Venice Biennale, 2017.[17]
  • Finalist, Making a Difference Award, Winnipeg Arts Council, 2017.[18]


  1. ^ "'Appropriation is theft': 3 Indigenous writers speak to CBC on 'appropriation prize' controversy". CBC News. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  2. ^ a b c "We Are On Treaty Land exhibition acknowledges traditional territory | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  3. ^ "The Ephemerals: Trending". www.uwinnipeg.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  4. ^ a b "bios". www.leahdecter.com. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  5. ^ "Wood Land School | Plug In ICA". plugin.org. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. ^ "Winnipeg Art Gallery gets new curator, upcoming exhibit | Metro Winnipeg". metronews.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  7. ^ Lizard, Visual. "WAG Hires Jaimie Isaac as Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art | Media Releases | Winnipeg Art Gallery". wag.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  8. ^ Dudley, Michael (2015-07-18). "Reconciliation reconsidered". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  9. ^ "INDIGENOUS ART: NEW MEDIA AND THE DIGITAL". www.publicjournal.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  10. ^ Comments, Posted: 09/6/2017 1:20 PM | (2017-09-06). "Sagkeeng First Nation member named WAG curator of Indigenous and contemporary art". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  11. ^ "Winnipeg Art Gallery hosts groundbreaking Indigenous exhibit". CJOB. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  12. ^ "Boarder X & Vernon Ah Kee: cantchant". Galleries West. 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  13. ^ "How the art of skateboarding can also be an act of empowerment | CBC Arts". CBC. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  14. ^ "Third Annual Symposium on the Future Imaginary: Asinnajaq (Isabella Weetaluktuk), Jamie Isaac, Heather Campbell! - Initiative For Indigenous Futures". Initiative For Indigenous Futures. 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  15. ^ Youds, Mike (October 8, 2011). "Blanket statement". Kamloops Daily. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  16. ^ "Burning An Effigy". VUCAVU. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  17. ^ "Trouble Me Venice: An Indigenous Curator's View of the Biennale". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  18. ^ "WAC Arts Awards Nominations for 2017 | The Winnipeg Arts Council". winnipegarts.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-14.