Nigit'stil Norbert is a photo-based artist originally from and based out of Yellowknife, NT. She has exhibited in Canada and the US, and in June 2012 completed her BFA in Photography at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto, ON.

Norbert is interested in making new traditions, where the old meets the new and contemporary. Her most recent explorations have involved stop-motion photography, unique beaded photographs, and installation-based works. Norbert's art practice focuses on the historical and contemporary representation of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Along with her extensive research regimen her art explores ideas of representation and misrepresentation, the role of the museum in the Aboriginal art scene, and stereotypes. By employing such practices she leads her viewer to fresh and new insights into the world of the young contemporary Aboriginal art scene that is exploding across our great country. 

Within her art she likes to speak simply, honestly and without fear.



2012 BFA in Photography, Ontario College of Art & Design University, Toronto, ON
2009 Photography Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
2003 Yukon College, Whitehorse, YT

Upcoming Exhibitions

- Beading Heart, date and location TBA

Group Exhibitions

- Decolonize Me, The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford, BC - January 22, 2015 to April 26, 2015
- Decolonize Me, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owens Sound, ON - June 14, 2015 to September 13, 2015 (Opening reception: June 14, 2015)

- Decolonize Me, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON. Curator Heather Igloliorte.
- Decolonize Me, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC. Curator Heather Igloliorte.

- Trade Marks, curator: Betty Julian, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON
- inVisibility: Indigenous in the City, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON. A knowledge mobilization project directed by Professor Susan Dion of York’s Faculty of Education, a national expert in urban Aboriginal education, which includes Carla Rice, Anna Hudson, Tanya Senk and Hannah Fowlie, and is funded by the Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada.
- Plastic People, curator: Brandon Marsh, The Gallery on 47th, Yellowknife, NT
- Decolonize Me, Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, ON
- Decolonize Me, Foreman Art Gallery, Lennoxville, QC

- Concealed Geographies, imagineNATIVE Film Festival, co-curated by Julie Nagam and Suzanne Morrissette, A Space Gallery, Toronto, ON
- Decolonize Me, The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa, ON
- Contact Photography Festival, Robert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto, ON

- Decolonize Me, curator: Heather Igloliorte, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
- Counting Coup, curator: Ryan Rice, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Sante Fe, NM
- Ontario College of Art & Design University 2011 Retrospective, Toronto, ON
- The Story of Stuff, curator: Cole Swanson, Mississauga Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON

- Ryerson Presidential Gallery Exhibition, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
- Creative Type II, 52 McCaul Gallery, Toronto, ON

- Maximum Exposure, curator: Jennifer Park, Lennox Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, ON

Lectures & Artist Talks

- inVisibility: Indigenous in the City, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON. Five Aboriginal artists who address questions of urban Aboriginal identity and education. The exhibition includes a series of digital stories created by Aboriginal students, parents and teachers from TDSB.
- Guest Speaker, Living in 2 worlds: Experiences of Urban Aboriginal Peoples, The University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

- Guest Speaker, The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective Colloquium, Ontario College of Art & Design University, Toronto, ON


- Artscape Gibraltar Point Feminist Art Conference Residency, Toronto, ON - May 6-26, 2015 - facilitated by Ilene Sova


- Juror selection committee, NWT Minister's Culture and Heritage Awards, Yellowknife, NWT

- Juror, Emerging Visual Artists program, Ontario Arts Council


- NWT Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant 2014/2015

- Ontario Arts Council grant Exhibition Assistance 2013/14


- imagineNATIVE Film Festival commission, Toronto, ON


- Cover of Room magazine along with full spread of my images inside - Room magazine, Volume 38.3, September 2015

- 'Spectacularization in Contemporary Aboriginal Art' by Jean-Philippe Uzel, Esse magazine, Autumn 14, Spectacle 82, pg. 34-45

- 'Counting Coup, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts', Center of the Institute of American Indian Arts
- 'Ahzhekewada Aboriginal Curatorial Conference', Aboriginal Curatorial Collective
- Decolonize Me catalogue, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
- 'Pick Up Sticks', written by Nigit'stil Norbert, Summer 2012 issue of West Coast Line, Simon Fraser University, BC.


- 'Decolonize Me - Artist Nigit'stil Norbert celebrates end of national tour' by Dana Bowen, Northern News Services Ltd./The Yellowknifer, July 2015
- 'Emerging Indigenous Artists Make Their Mark at Prefix" by Britt Gallpen, November 6, 2013 - http://www.canadianart.ca/reviews/2013/11/06/trade-marks-prefix/
- 'Make Your Words As Sweet As Strawberries: And Other Great Work at The ImagineNATIVE Art Crawl' http://mixedbagmag.com/2013/10/imaginenative-2/
- 'Trade Marks at Prefix' by Aliya Bhatia, November 28, 2013 - http://www.artoronto.ca/?p=20874
- 'Trade Marks' by Matthew Ryan Smith, November 28, 2013 - http://www.magentafoundation.org/magazine/trade-marks/
- 'Must See Shows' by Now Magazine - http://www.nowtoronto.com/art/story.cfm?content=195159
- 'Hardly Reserved' by Outreach Connection, Toronto Issue#1039, October 25-November 1, 2013; page 4.
- 'Trade Marks at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art' by The Globe and Mail, Saturday, October 19, 2013
- 'Aren't We All In The West?' by Tony Martins, 2011 - www.getguerilla.com/index.php/gallery-menu-item/360-arent-we-all-in-the-west
- 'Decolonizing Through Art' by Brendan McConnell, 2011 - www.charlatan.ca/content/decolonizing-through-art
- 'Decolonize Me' Akimbo, 2011
- 'Takao Tanabe, Sonny Assu and other, now at the Ottawa Art Gallery' 2011 - www.ottawacitizen.com
- 'Artful Blogger: Norman Takeuchi reclaims ancestry with new exhibit On the Edges of Noh' by Paul Gessell, 2011 - ottawamagazine.com/.../artful-blogger
- The Reach, Upcoming Exhibitions, http://www.thereach.ca/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions
- 'Future in Focus' by Daron Letts, Northern News Services, http://www.nnsl.com/arts/stories/apr17_09pho-arts.html