Beading Symposium: Ziigimineshin Winnipeg 2020

February 6 – 9, 2020
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg MB


Ziigimineshin Winnipeg 2020 is the second iteration of the Beadwork Symposia, this one organized by the Manitoba Craft Council (MCC) in partnership with Urban Shaman, Manitoba Museum, with ancillary programming by MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art). Ziigimineshin is being held in conjunction with the following exhibitions:

-Endurance ….. Patience curated by Daina Warren at Urban Shaman
-Community Beading Table Group Show curated by Niahm Dooley at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA)
-May the Land Remember You as You Walk Upon Its Surface curated by Franchesca Hebert-Spence at the Shirley Richardson Craft Gallery, C2 Centre for Craft (home of the MCC)

The first Beadwork Symposium: Manidoominensagemin (We are beading) Toronto 2019, was held at the Canada Textile Museum in conjunction with Beads, they’re sewn so tight curated by Lisa Myers. The Beadwork Symposia are intended to contribute to and build on the scholarship around contemporary Indigenous art with a focus on how beadwork builds community; through making and learning together, opportunities will be created for the exchange of knowledge and the building of community.


Speakers will include Judy Anderson, Katherine Boyer, the Brandon Beading Babes, Ruth Cuthand, Dr. Sherry Farrell Racette, Cathy Mattes, Paige Mukash, Lisa Myers, Margaret Nazon, Dr. Carmen Robertson, Amber Sandy, Tuscarora Beading Group and Dr. Ukjese Van Kampen. Keynote will be presented by Dr. Jolene Rickard.

For a more detailed schedule of events please visit the Beading Symposium website here.

Collection and Gallery Visits

Site visits to view beading collections and exhibitions at the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Museum, Manitoba Metis Federation, Urban Shaman, Manitoba Craft Council, and MAWA will be part of the Symposium programme.


Registration for Ziigmineshin is now closed.

Community Programming

Activities in Manitoba Museum’s Alloway Hall will include community beading tables and beading vendors from across Canada. Programming in Alloway Hall will be free and open to the public.


Many hands make light work!  Volunteer to help out at the Symposium.  Full details here.


Contact Symposium organizer Franchesca Hebert-Spence at [email protected]


Special thanks to the following for their generous support: Canada Council for the Arts, Winnipeg Foundation, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Arts Branch (Province of MB), Heritage Manitoba, Jewish Foundation and Young Canada Works.  Thank you to event sponsor Assiniboine Credit Union.