About the project

Land Acknowledgement

The Morrisseau Storylines Project team are spread across the territories, lands, and resources of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across so-called Canada. We acknowledge and respect the inherent rights of all Indigenous Peoples as set out in the Articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and have ensured Indigenous leadership and consultation throughout this project. 

We acknowledge there are many languages spoken by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis across Turtle Island. Funding requirements and practical communication needs have resulted in a dominance of English and French on this website, but we have added information and content in Anishinaabemowin, Norval Morrisseau’s first language, in modules where it can add depth and meaning. Our glossary is drawn from the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary and we wish to thank the creators of this important site for their contributions to First Language revitalization (https://ojibwe.lib.umn.edu).


Titles of art works are presented as they were originally assigned by the artist or his art dealers over the years.


Norval Morrisseau: Storylines is a collaborative project presented by Carleton University and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. It would not have been possible without the support of many people dedicated to ensuring the legacy of Norval Morrisseau, his art, and his important contributions to the art world lives on.

A partner for this project, the Morrisseau Project: 1955-1985, works to conduct an exhaustive study of the life and art of Norval Morrisseau during the first thirty years of his career, housed at Carleton University under the direction of Carmen Robertson. This research team is made up of dedicated scholars, curators, and members of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society, committed to sharing the many stories that Morrisseau gifted us all. This website is made possible, in part, through the research findings funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Members of our research team who made notable contributions to the content of this Heritage Canada-funded project include Alan Odjig Corbiere, Michelle McGeough, and Carmen Robertson along with support from Ruth Phillips, Trudy Nicks, and Richard Baker. We would like to thank our partner institutions including the Indigenous Art Centre (Ottawa), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), and Westerkirk Works of Art (Toronto) for their institutional support throughout our larger project. By drawing upon art and archival materials from several other institutions and private collectors who generously shared their art and materials to make this project a reality, we are indebted to the Norval Morrisseau Estate Collection, a number of private collectors, and the following public institutions:

The Agnes, Art Gallery of Alberta, Art Gallery of Ontario, Indigenous Art Centre (CIRNAC), Museum of History, Market Gallery, McMaster’s Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, McMichael Canadian Art, Red Lake Heritage Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Canadian Museum of History, National Gallery of Canada, University of Toronto Art Collection, featured in this project.

Several of the modules included in our project relied on the knowledge and ideas of Anishinaabe knowledge keepers, artists, and curators from all parts of Anishinaabe Aki. They include Alan Odjig Corbiere, Saul Williams, Sarah Johnson, Jay Odjick, Danielle Printup, Bonnie Devine, Jobena Petonoquot, Alex Nahwegabow, Patricia McGuire, Geraldine King, and Shaylin Allison. We wish also to extend a big thanks to Eugene Morriseau (Norval’s son) and Logan Fiddler (Norval’s great-grandson) who lent their voices to the modules.

The Carleton Norval Morrisseau: Storylines project team worked tirelessly to create and organize the content for this project. The team is comprised of Carmen Robertson, Kate Higginson (project manager), Lisa Truong (PhD candidate/Carleton); Stacy Ernst (PhD candidate/Carleton); Franchesca Hebert Spence (PhD student/Carleton); Emily Vile (MA student/Carleton); Michael Carrier (MA student/Carleton); Ali Shajari (student/Carleton) and Shaylin Allison (MA student/UVic).

The MacKenzie Art Gallery is the presenting institution for Norval Morrisseau: Storylines, coordinating the production, funding, and presentation of this website. The MacKenzie’s Norval Morrisseau: Storylines team was led by Caitlin Mullan, Head of Strategic Initiatives; John G. Hampton, CEO; and Crystal Mowry, Director of Programs. The MacKenzie Art Gallery is supported through operating support from the MacKenzie Art Gallery Operating Endowment Fund at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, SKArts, the University of Regina, Sask Lotteries through SaskCulture, and the City of Regina.

The Norval Morrisseau: Storylines project was brought to life by the development team at Les Affranchis, led by Odile-Emmanuelle Auger, with art supervision and designs from Jay Odjick. The team is comprised of Martin Tremblay (Director of Technology), Jérémy Havitov (UX/UI Specialist), Hugo Vassal (Artistic Director), Michal Bluma (Lead Web Developper), Marie Josée Tremblay (QA Specialist), Kacey Chagnon/Coop l'Argot (Translation).

This project has been made possible in part through funding provided by the Government of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Finally, this project could not have been realized without invaluable support and input from the Morrisseau Estate, under the direction of Cory Dingle.


This project was made possible in part by the Government of Canada



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