Mēkiwin Maada’ookii Partager Share: Patrick Hunter

A series of talks on Indigenous design, its history of racist misuse and appropriation, and how to interpret and respect it

Patrick Hunter Art and Design is an Indigenous influenced art studio that seeks to invoke positive emotion in those that view the art work and use the products.

Patrick Hunter is a two spirit Ojibway fine artist, graphic designer and entrepreneur. He is best known for his paintings which are inspired by fellow Woodland artist Norval Morrisseau, as well as the landscape artists of the Canadian Group of Seven. His original art pieces and prints hang in homes and buildings around the world, most notably being Toronto City Hall, CBC head quarters, the Prince’s Trust Canada, and CTV’s television show, “Cardinal”.

Aside from his paintings, Patrick’s graphic artwork has also become popular with medium to large businesses, as well as corporate Canada. Since 2015, Patrick has become a leader in Indigenous design, collaborating and designing for companies such as eBay Canada, Staples Promotional Products, West Elm, SIGG Water Bottles, RBC and TD Bank’s.

His entrepreneurial spirit has emboldened him to create his own clothing and mug series. “I want to make artwork that makes people feel better”, is the driving force behind his choices in the products he chooses to put his artwork onto.

Inspiration for Patrick’s artwork stems from the creatures and lands around his hometown of Red Lake, Ontario. His Ojibway heritage offers a unique lens in which he views the natural world around him, and turns those visions into art. When visiting Red Lake, inspiring and educating the next generation of Woodland artists in public spaces or in the classroom is a personal goal of Patrick’s.

Patrick currently resides in Toronto, Ontario and when in the city he enjoys working with various institutions and corporate Canada to help change the narrative from “struggling Indigenous businesses” to “profitable”. His most current project with the Prince’s Trust Canada, will see the delivery of 4,000+ colouring books, featuring his artwork and narratives to go along with each image to help with the revitalization of the Indigenous languages of Cree, Oji-Cree, Ojibway and Swampy Cree.

Mēkiwin (Meh-gii-win) in Cree means to share. Maada’ookii (Mada Okee) in Ojibway is to share something with others. Partager (par·ta·jé) in French is to share. We share a lot of things. We share this earth, we share a love of design, and we share our knowledge. GDC Manitoba is honoured to host a BlueSky series on Indigenous Design, from the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Indigenous themes and imagery have been used in art and design for centuries, often with little care for meaning and significance. This has led to offensive and often racist appropriation of these themes and imagery, with little thought to the hurt and damage their use has caused. Through this series of BlueSky talks, GDC Manitoba is hoping to facilitate conversations on not only how to interpret and respect Indigenous Design, but also the history of misuse that came from this lack of knowledge.

GDC Manitoba is proud to offer this event free of charge. However, if you are so inclined, donations will be accepted to support and grow design scholarships aimed at Indigenous design education.

Attendance is limited to 90.