North Island College is once again hosting an Artist Talk series and the speaker has significant Indigenous heritage.

Curator, researcher, Indigenous arts educator and visual artist France Trépanier is the next one to join the series.

Trépanier will share insights into her professional art practice, which is often informed by collaboration as a key element — sometimes inviting the public to intervene and transform the work.

Her ancestry includes both Kanien’kéha:ka and French roots and is a very successful artist.

She curated the Awakening Memory Project and led the Indigenous Youth Arts Program at Open Space in Victoria and is also an Indigenous arts educator at Camosun College.

She was selected by the Canada Council for the Arts to be part of 2015 First Nations Curators Exchange in Brisbane, Australia and before that was a co-recipient of the 2012 Audain Aboriginal Curatorial Fellowship by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

In addition to her extensive work to promote Indigenous art, Trépanier has significant national and international experience as well.

After working at the Canada Council for the Arts, she transferred to become a senior arts policy advisor for the Department of Canadian Heritage, later holding a diplomatic post as first secretary, cultural affairs at the Canadian embassy in Paris, where she also directed the Centre for New Media at the Canadian Cultural Centre.

She is set to speak from 6:30-7:30pm on March 12th at the Stan Hagen Theatre on the Comox Valley campus. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.