The oppression of Native North Americans is deeply insidious in that Indigenous peoples must contend not only with centuries of racial discrimination, but all too-often do so silently—their plight overlooked by a Western world that frequently oversimplifies issues of race to a black/white dichotomy. Culture Shift, the third edition of Canada's Contemporary Native Art Biennial, celebrates the works and voices of Indigenous artists from around the continent. "Many of the projects included in the exhibition aspire to reassert Indigenous identity within contemporaneity while acknowledging the consequences of colonialism on aboriginal people,” curator Michael Patten tells The Creators Project. "The Biennial of Contemporary Native Art is also about the promotion of indigenous ideologies and ways of understanding the world that carry a potential for all citizens of North America. It is a cultural shift that takes place on the side of settlers as well. It wants to see them open up to their indigenous neighbours and recognize how their culture can influence a society that can be more egalitarian and compassionate."
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