La Guilde celebrates the cultural traditions and creative expressions of all Indigenous and Fine Crafts artists of Canada.
La Guilde is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal, historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. It is with respect that La Guilde weaves together the past, present, and future in all relationships with Indigenous peoples and other communities within Canada.
Mixed media artist of Plains Cree, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, Ruth Cuthand’s practice includes painting, drawing, photography, and beadwork. She holds a BFA and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK). Her career is devoted to exploring the repercussion of colonization on Indigenous communities in Canada. Through her powerful aesthetics balancing political invective and humour, her work challenges mainstream perspectives of colonialism and relationships between settlers and Indigenous people. Adopting the traditional craft of beading in her practice is a way to celebrate Indigenous women while addressing discussions of colonialism, racism, and reconciliation. Ruth Cuthand’s work has been acclaimed nationally and featured in many collections, such as at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), and the MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina, SK). In 2013, she was recognized with a Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award and she won the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2020, two of the most prestigious art awards in Canada.