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BGIS Partners with PSPC to Showcase Indigenous Art

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BGIS, in partnership with Procurement Canada and the PETES Art club at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School (PETES) in Gatineau have opened a unique art gallery at C.D. Howe Building in Ottawa.

Stephen Ball, teacher at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School (PETES) in Gatineau, created the PETES Art club to encourage a dialogue through artwork between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth at the school. He recently led a class of students aged 8 to 12 on a journey through Canada's rich Indigenous heritage by helping them produce a collection of artwork.

For Stephen, it was important to make this an opportunity for learning as well as artistic expression. “This project was a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students focusing on Indigenous-style art,” he explains. “The Indigenous students took on a mentoring role and passed on some of their life experiences and traditions through the process of creating.”

The project was intended to promote community engagement in the National Capital Region, and to help the students learn about Indigenous art and culture and share what they've learned through their unique and varied pieces.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), in collaboration with Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS), was able to support this innovative approach to learning by providing space for a special exhibit at the C.D. Howe Building, at 240 Sparks Street in Ottawa. This central, accessible and public location in downtown Ottawa has the space needed, and the students in the PETES Art club are thrilled to have their work on display.

“I am very proud of their effort and what they produced and learned along the way. It was a fantastic project to be a part of,” adds Stephen.

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