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Connecting With Our First Family: Plant Series

View Nyle Miigizi Johnston’s latest work on display in the Young Welcome Centre.

Nyle Miigizi Johnston’s artwork Image: Nyle Miigizi Johnston & TakingITGlobal Collaboration
Top image caption: Image: Nyle Miigizi Johnston & TakingITGlobal Collaboration

Nyle Miigizi Johnston is a visual storyteller. His artistic practice is focused on drawing and painting stories of the Anishinaabe Nation in order to raise awareness of their unique histories; as they in turn inform his process.  He was born and raised on his beautiful reserve, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, and took a keen interest in painting at a very young age.

Nyle first launched Connecting With Our First Family in 2018, in partnership with TakingITGlobal. His first iteration was a collection of images featuring animals that were part of Ojibwe Language learning resource materials, as well as an exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This Connecting With Our First Family: Plant Series exhibition at Evergreen Brick Works is the first time some of Nyle’s latest work focusing on plants will be shared with the public. The images on display are part of a collection developed for the Connected North program in response to a request from Jason Jones, who leads Ojibwe Language Learning at Rainy River District School Board, along with Elders, teachers, children and youth from Treaty 3. Connected North serves over 10,000 Indigenous students in 42 schools based in northern, remote communities through virtual field trips with inspirational guest speakers and role models. 

Nyle Miigizi Johnson portrait

Nyle Miigizi Johnston is an Oshkaabewis (Traditional Helper) who previously worked with Anishnawbe Health Toronto, and has worked in partnership with TakingITGlobal and Connected North over the past two years on collaborative projects to support communities with Indigenous language revitalization resources and interactive learning experiences.

Dates & Times

Last Date: June 26, 2019

Daily from May 8 to June 26, 2019. Open during Young Welcome Centre hours.

Prices & Fees

Free and on public display.


Hannah Kemp | Program Coordinator: Arts, Exhibits & Interpretation |


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Young Welcome Centre at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8