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Michelle Sones

Thesis Title 

Working Title: Decolonizing the National Gallery of Canada: New Strategies in the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries


MA - Art History


Heather Igloliorte

Research Interests

  • Critical curatorial studies
  • National art histories
  • Contemporary Indigenous art
  • Decolonizing methodologies
  • Indigenous-settler relations


Michelle Sones is a settler Canadian MA student from Montreal / Tiohtiá:ke. She previously completed her BFA in Art History from Concordia University, graduating with great distinction in 2019. Her thesis research will explore the implications of enacting decolonizing strategies at the National Gallery of Canada in the current installation of the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, which opened in 2017 for the sesquicentennial celebration of Confederation. She is the recipient of a SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship for 2019-2020. Michelle also works as a research assistant for Dr. Heather Igloliorte on the SSHRC-funded Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq / Pijariuqsarniq Project, which aims to support emerging Inuit scholars and arts professionals by providing mentoring partnership opportunities in fields across the arts.

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