Re-presencing Indigenous women’s connections to fish, water, and family
around the Salish Sea |

The Making Culture Lab with Dr. Jessica Hallenbeck (SSHRC Postdoctoral Scholar), Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene), Dr. Kate Hennessy and PhD Reese Muntean, and an amazing group of collaborators are proud to be curating and developing an exhibition and symposium at Galiano Island’s Yellowhouse Art Centre, opening July 2022.

View the project website here, where details about the upcoming symposium and exhibition opening will be shared.  All photographs on this page are by Kali Spitzer, 2022.

The Exhibition: The Water We Call Home

“Over the past two years siyēye nii ‘u tthu sut’ku’luts | siyēye tun’i ‘utl sqwun’u, an advisory circle of six Indigenous matriarchs, have gathered on Galiano Island to re-presence connections to fish, water, and family around the Salish Sea. This work is being shared in an exhibition co-curated by Rosemary Georgeson, Kate Hennessy, and siyēye nii ‘u tthu sut’ku’luts | siyēye tun’i ‘utl sqwun’u at the Yellowhouse Art Centre on Galiano Island, BC. The exhibition features a series of films about these gatherings, and new works in photography, video, and sound by Kali Spitzer, Richard Wilson, and Rosemary Georgeson.

Photo by Kali Spitzer, 2022.

Siyēya Nee A Ta Sutkuluts

Christie Lee Charles | Eva Wilson | Fay Blaney | Karen Charlie | Rosemary Georgeson

with Kimi Haxton | the one that holds us

Three gatherings brought together siyēye nii ‘u tthu sut’ku’luts | siyēye tun’i ‘utl sqwun’u to share, to reconnect, to re-presence. This work was witnessed by an extended group of people including family, friends, and people living and working on Galiano Island.


The exhibition is the continuation of a lifetime of research by Coast Salish / Sahtu Dene artist Rosemary Georgeson and emerges from her decade-long collaboration with Dr. Jessica Hallenbeck. This work has led to the recovery of the identities of Rosemary Georgeson’s ancestral grandmothers and reconnection with their descendants. This exhibition has been developed in collaboration with Dr. Kate Hennessy at Simon Fraser University and with the Yellowhouse Art Center.

Exhibition Team

Rosemary Georgeson | Kate Hennessy | Jessica Hallenbeck | Jeannine Georgeson | Richard Wilson | Reese Muntean | Roksan Parfitt | Janet Georgeson | Nilesh Patel | Humberto Corte

Supporters and Funders

Yellowhouse Art Centre | Access to Media Education Society | BC Arts Council | Canada Council for the Arts | Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council | First Peoples Cultural Council | Simon Fraser University Community Engaged Research Initiative | Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Reconciliation Council | Decolonizing Water

Special Thank Yous and Acknowledgements

Penelakut Elder Augie Sylvester : many Hych’kas for sharing stories and knowledge with us

Janice Wilson | Deblekha Guin | Laurene Stephanyk | Nova Weipert | Camille Georgeson Usher | Diane Craig | Stephen Stewart | Gulf Islands Film and Television School | Babes in the Woods | Chunche Topanga”