Tanya Lukin Linklater Born in 1976. Lives and works in North Bay, Ontario, Canada.



2015-Present  Ph.D. (in progress)    Queen's University

2001 – 2003    M.Ed.                         University of Alberta

1994 – 1998    A.B. (Honours)          Stanford University


Selected Exhibitions/Screenings/Performances


...and other such stories with Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, Chicago, USA

Soft Power, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA 

Soundings, an exhibition in five parts, Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, Kingston, Ontario

Unexplained Parade, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Inaabiwin, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario

Ka’tarohkwi Festival of Indigenous Arts, Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, Kingston, Ontario

Are You My Mother?, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

Across the table, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, British Columbia

Inaabiwin, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

Northern Convergences, McLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario



In this place where the guest rests, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, Connecticut

In Dialogue, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Manitoba

niigaanikwewag, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario

Cold Cuts Video Festival 2018: There’s something in the way, Dawson City, Yukon

níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | my sister | ma soeur, 2018 La Biennale d'art contemporain autochtone (BACA), Montréal

In Dialogue, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

Thirteen Ways to Summon Ghosts, Gordon Smith Gallery, North Vancouver

Thunderstruck: physical landscapes, Âjagemô Gallery, Ottawa

Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Slay All Day: Tanya Lukin Linklater, ma ma, Toronto

Inaabiwin, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario



A Few Similar Things, Truck Gallery, Calgary

The Harvest Sturdies, All My Relations Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Beshaabiiganan - Lines in collaboration with Darlene Naponse and Deanna Nebenionquit, la galerie du nouvel – Ontario, Sudbury, Ontario

How we mark land and how land marks us with Laura Ortman, Elisa Harkins and Hanako Hoshimi-Caines at Thousand Islands National Park, LandMarks 2017 + Queen's University

Traces, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg 

Resistance After Nature, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA

In Dialogue, Art Museum, University of Toronto 

INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Our Side, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana, USA  

Sun Force, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto 

Nuit Blanche Toronto - Calculating Upon the Unforseen, Toronto

Determined by the river, Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Wood Land School, A gesture for documenta 14 at Under the Mango Tree - Sites of Learning, organized by aneducation, documenta 14 and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany

Wood Land School -  Kahatenhstánion tsi na’tetiatere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing Lines from January to December, Montréal 

Tanya Lukin Linklater: The Harvest Sturdies and A Girl, Union Gallery Vitrine, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario



Le Grand Balcon, La Biennale de Montréal 2016 + Museé d'art contemporain de Montréal

Affinities in conjunction with Joan Jonas' From Away, Centre Phi + DHC / Art, Montreal

Interpretation à l’oeuvre, Astérides + The Darling Foundry, SCIC Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseilles, France

Constellation/conversation, in collaboration with Leanne Simpson, Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario

Turn Out, Remai Modern, Saskatoon

Wood Land School: Critical Anthology, Or Gallery + SFU Galleries, Vancouver

A Parallel Excavation, Ociciwan Collective + Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

Down To Write You This Poem Sat, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario

Neither Nor, Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, Kingston, Ontario

We Are The People, Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah

An accumulation - A relief for Cutting Copper, Belkin Gallery/University of British Columbia, Vancouver

10/10, Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective, Mann Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Reflections, Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

If We Never Met, Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua, New Zealand

iNuit Blanche, St. John's, Newfoundland 

In Each Hand I Keep Each of My Eyes, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Amherst, Massachusetts 

Reeling - Dance On Screen, presented by Mile Zero Dance, Edmonton



Accompaniment, EFA Project Space + Performa Festival, New York City

Reading the Line, Western Front, Vancouver

North of the 45th, Gallery 101 + Ontario Scene, Ottawa

Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Project, Culver Centre for the Arts, Riverside, California

An Annotated Bibliography in Real Time, ARTEXTE, Montreal 

Talkin’ back to Johnny Mac, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Canadiana, the 8 fest, Small-Gauge Film Festival, Toronto



Concrete Scores, Open Space, Victoria

A Problem So Big It Needs Other People, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal

Memory Keepers, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg

NM/Santiago (New Maternalisms III), Museum of Contemporary Art Santiago, Chile


People of Good Will Project organized by Postcommodity, Musagetes Foundation and Guelph Black Historical Society, Guelph, Ontario 

la Biennale d'art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda, L'Écart, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

Indigenesse, Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora, Ontario

Wawasayg Film Festival, North Bay, Ontario



grain(s), Images Festival + Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto 

Canadá: Aproximaciones al paisaje (in)habitado [Canada: On the (non)inhabited landscape], FASE - Encuentro de arte y tecnología 5. Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Stands with a Fist, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Reel Northern 2, Near North Mobile Media Lab + White Water Gallery, North Bay, Ontario

unspoken-ness, W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, Ontario

You Are Here, Visualizing Place at the Gateway to the North, North Bay, Ontario



Blizzard, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver

VI Mostra Internacional de Videodanca Sao Carlos, Sao Carlos, Brasil

Travelling Exhibition, Open Space, Victoria, British Columbia

Indigenous Choreographers Residency, Culver Center of the Arts, Riverside, California

This is My Song: Perspectives from Contemporary Native Women, The Art Space, Huntsville, Ontario

Up River, Prince Albert Art Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 

Weengushk International Film Festival, Sudbury, Ontario

Sweetgrass Film Festival, Kenora, Ontario

unspoken-ness, Alaska Native Arts Foundation Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska



ACTING-out, Claiming Space: Aboriginal Performance Art Series, Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, Kingston, Ontario 

Performing Memory, Open Sky Creative Society, Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories

Uber Girls, Mann Gallery, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

aiya! 4, W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, Ontario

Give me an A! White Water Gallery, North Bay, Ontario



Offering/Offrandes, an online exhibition, Quebec

Ice Follies, W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery’s site-specific sculptural biennale, North Bay

Mapping Resistance, Odehimin-Gizis Festival, 20th anniversary of Oka resistance, Peterborough

Iskwewak: Festival of Performance Art, Sakewewak, Regina, Saskatchewan

foire d’art alternatif de sudbury: hors  lieux, la galerie du nouvel – Ontario, Sudbury, Ontario

6th Annual Aboriginal Choreographers Workshop presented by Earth In Motion World Indigenous Dance, Toronto  

aiya! Native Women in the Arts: Catalyst Café, Toronto

aiya! 3, TRIBE, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan



Art Nomade: Indetermination, Le Lobe, Chicoutimi, Quebec

Streets of Home, LIVE Biennale, Vancouver



Actions of Transfer: Women and Performance in the Americas, University of California, Los Angeles/Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Los Angeles

Visualeyez 2008: Justice, Latitude 53: Visual Culture, Edmonton

Expanse Movement Arts Festival, Edmonton

35th Annual Skookum Jim Folklore Show, Whitehorse, Yukon 




Slow Scrape, Edited by Michael Nardone. Documents, Centre for Expanded Poetics at Concordia University and Anteism, Montreal, 2019. 


Catalogues/Art Writing 

“Nohkom,” “44," "A Girl." Slay All Day - Tanya Lukin Linklater. Toronto: ma ma, 2018. 


Mary Ann Barkhouse - Interlopers.” Barrie, Ontario: MacLaren Art Centre, 2018.


Excerpt of “Not Like Us.” níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | my sister | ma soeur, 2018 La Biennale d'art contemporain autochtone (BACA), 2018. 


“Event Scores.” Thirteen Ways to Summon Ghosts, Gordon Smith Gallery, 2018. 


“Selection of Event Scores.” That I am looking backwards and into for a purpose, to go on: a companion publication, Asimakis, Magdalyn, Symons Sutcliffe and Alexandra and Jared Quinton, eds., Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, 2017. 


"i fall into a place that is between body and song." ALMANAC, Groat, Maggie, ed, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 2017.


“An Event Score for Maria Tallchief, Dylan Robinson and Sherry Farrell Racette,” “An Event Score for Kodiak Alutiit 1 (Helen Simeonoff)” and “An Event Score for Kodiak Alutiit 2 (To Ales Hrdlicka).” A Parallel Excavation: Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater, Tiffany Collinge-Shaw, Duane Linklater and Erin Sutherland, Art Gallery of Alberta, 2016. 


“Untitled (         ).” Far Away, So Close, Part III, Access Gallery, 2015. 


“Duane Linklater’s DECOMMISSION,” MacLaren Art Centre, 2013.


“wake up, waniska.” A Small Gathering for the Healing of Our Aboriginal Languages, Morin, Peter, ed., Western Front Gallery, 2011.



“Choice: Elle-Maija Tailfeathers’ Biithos (Rebel).” Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol. 32, Issue 2, Summer 2019. 


Lukin Linklater, Tanya with Megan McLaurin. “How we mark land and how land marks us, 2017." Sovereign Movements: Native Dance and Performance Transiting Territories, Special Issue. Movement Performance Research Journal, Simas, Rosy and Ahimsa Bodhran, guest editors, Issue 52, Fall 2018.


“On the Museum.” Inuit Art Quarterly, Vol. 30, Issue 2, Summer 2017. 


"Joan Jonas / Affinities" with Olivia Boudreau, Barbara Clausen, Corinn Gerber, Simone Forti, Tanya Lukin Linklater, taisha pagget, Erin Silver and Robin Simpson, C Magazine, Issue 132, Winter 2017.


“An Event Score for Afognak Alutiit 1-4,” “An Event Score for Haunting (Eve Tuck),” and “An Event Score for the Epistemic Violence of Translation (Edgar Heap of Birds)” with Andrew Berardini. MOUSSE, Issue 54, 2016. 


“The Insistence of a Crow Archivist, Wendy Red Star.” BlackFlash Magazine, Issue 33, No. 2, Spring 2016. 


“Nohkom” and “44." First Americans in the Arts, Issue no. 10, Spring 2016.


“Slow Scrape.” Special Issue of Dance Research Journal - Indigenous Dance Today-Motion, Connection, Relation. Shea Murphy, Jacqueline, guest ed., Congress on Research in Dance, Volume 48, No. 1, April 2016.


“The Edges and the Centres.” C Magazine, Issue 127, Autumn 2015. 


Editor, As/Us Journal, Issue 5, 2015. 


“The Harvest Sturdies." Taos International Journal of Poetry and Art, Golos, et al, ed, 2014.


“Untitled.” As/Us Journal. Andrews, Tria, guest ed., Issue 4: Decolonial Love, 2014. 


“In Memoriam.” Drunken Boat. Long Soldier, Layli, ed., Issue 15: Native American Women’s Poetry, 2012. 


Book Chapters

"A glossary of insistence." Teachings: Indigenous Theories and Methods for Indigenous Art Histories in North America. Igloliorte, Heather and Carla Taunton, eds., forthcoming.


“Desirous Kinds of Indigenous Futurity.” Desire/Change: Contemporary Canadian Feminist Art, Davis, Heather, ed., McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.


“Avva’s Telling.” The Journals of Knud Rasmussen: Sense Memory and High definition Inuit Storytelling. Robinson, Gillian, ed., Isuma, 2008.


Anthologies of Poetry

“A Girl” and “Not Like Us” (excerpts). Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought, Kane, Joan, guest ed., Southwest Minnesota State University, Spring 2015.


“wake up, waniska.” Ice Floe 2010, Gramsce and Kirk, eds., University of Alaska Press. 2010.


Artist Residencies 

How we mark land and how land marks us. Artist residency at Thousand Islands National Park with Laura Ortman, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines and Elisa Harkins in the development of a site-specific performance. With support from LandMarks 2017 and Queen’s University. 2017. 


Sun Force. Artist Residency for the development of a performance with dancers, Ceinwen Gobert and Danah Rosales, in relation to Rita Letendre’s exhibition, Fire & Light. Art Gallery of Ontario. 2017.


Artist Residency for the development of a performance with three dancers in relation to my solo exhibition, The Harvest Sturdies. The residency also supported the development of two videos by my children for exhibition alongside my text installation. All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. 2017.


Aw’a Dance Residencies in Alaska Native dance and Inuit athletics for youth in grades 3-6. I worked with over 600 youth in these residencies in the region in two school boards and at the local university. Near North Schools, Nipissing/Parry Sound Catholic District School Board and Nipissing University. North Bay and Powassan, Ontario. 2012-2014. With support from Ontario Arts Council. 


Artist Residency for the development of a site-specific text work.You Are Here: Visualizing Place at the Gateway to the North. Near North Arts. North Bay, Ontario. 2013.


Artist in Residence for the development of a solo performance at Sisters and Grandmothers of the North: A Festival of Inuit Art. Indigenous Performance Initiatives + Trent University. Peterborough, Ontario. 2008.  


Artist in Residence for the development of a solo performance for Visualeyez: Domesticity. Latitude 53: Visual Culture. Edmonton. 2006.    


Performing Arts Mentor. National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program. En’owkin Centre. Penticton, BC. 2006.    


Artist Talks

Against Hungry Listening” with Layli Long Soldier and Tanya Lukin Linklater. In conjunction with Soundings, An Exhibition in Five Parts, Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario. 2019. 


Gestures for those before us.” Living Histories Performance Studies Speakers Series within the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University. Toronto. 2019. 


Conversation with Zab Maboungou for “On Breathing and Braiding.” Arts Everywhere Festival. Guelph, Ontario. 2019.


Artist Talk. Slay All Day - Tanya Lukin Linklater. ma ma gallery. Toronto. 2018. 


“New Imaginaries” with Kent Monkman and Archer Pechawis. Aabaakwad (It clears after a storm). Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto. 2018. 


“The treaty is in the body.” Treaty Education Mentorship Program. Nipissing University and Near North Schools. North Bay, Ontario. 2018.


Determined by the River: A Discursive Event” organized by Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linkater with Joi Arcand, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Lori Blondeau, Ruth Cuthand, Tasha Hubbard, Elwood Jimmy and Erica Violet Lee. In conjunction with the two-person exhibition, Determined by the River. Remain Modern. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 2017. 


“Opening the Dialogue.” A discussion in conjunction with In Dialogue, an exhibition. Featuring Raven Davis, John G. Hampton, Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Peter Morin in conversation. University of Toronto Art Museum. Toronto. 2017. 


“Sun Force.” Conversation with Wanda Nanibush in relation to my performance and Rita Letendre’s exhibition, Fire & Light, Art Gallery of Ontario. 2017. 


Artist Talk: “Residues and Collaborations.” School of Fine Art and Music, University of Guelph. Guelph, Ontario. 2017. 


Artist Panel. “Sovereignty: The Indigenous Present” with Duane Linklater, Audra Simpson and Jackson Polys in conjunction with Duane Linklater’s From Our Hands at 80WSE Gallery, New York University. New York City. 2017. 


Artist Talk for Oyate Okodakiciyapi, a Native American dance festival. The Ordway. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. 2017.


Roundtable: “Indigenous Choreographers from Turtle Island.” Oyate Okodakiciyapi, a Native American dance festival. The Cowles Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. 2017. 


Artist Panel. “Tanya Lukin Linklater, Dineo Seshee Bopape and Zac Langdon-Pole” for Le Grand Balcon, La Biennale de Montréal. Canadian Centre for Architecture. Montréal. 2016. 


Artist Talk with Duane Linklater for A Parallel Excavation. Art Gallery of Alberta. Edmonton. 2016. 


Affinities - Conversation with Joan Jonas, taisha pagett, Barbara Clausen and Cheryl Sim. Organized by Hexagram UQAM/Concordia in conjunction with Joan Jonas’ retrospective, Far Away. DHC/Art. Montréal. 2016. 


“A glossary of insistence” for Wood Land School - A Critical Anthology: A Symposium on Directions in Contemporary Indigenous Art. Or Gallery + SFU Galleries. Vancouver. 2016. 


Conversation with Lori Blondeau, artist, and Tasha Hubbard, filmmaker, for Turn Out in relation to my performance, the the. Remai Modern. Saskatoon. 2016. 


Artist Panel. “Art, Indigeneity and Institutions.” At the Aboriginal Embassy for Performa. New York City. Organized by Institute of Modern Art – Brisbane. 2015.


Artist Talk. Talkin’ back to Johnny Mac. Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario. 2015


Artist Talk. A Problem So Big It Needs Other People. SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art. Montréal. 2014. 


Artist Panel. You Are Here: Visualizing Place at the Gateway to the North. Near North Arts. North Bay, Ontario. 2013.


Artist Panel. Indigenous Choreographers Residency. Culver Center of the Arts. Riverside, California. 2012.   


Artist Talk. Performing Memory. Open Sky Creative Society. Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories. 2011.  


Artist Panel. Acting Out: Claiming Space, Aboriginal Performance Art Series. Presented by Modern Fuel 

Artist Run Centre at Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario. 2011.  


Artist Talk. Le Lobe’s Art Nomade. Alma College. Alma, Quebec. 2009.   


Artist Talk. Le Lobe’s Art Nomade. Jonquiere College. Jonquiere, Quebec. 2009.   


Pine Tree Lecture. Trent University. Peterborough. Ontario. 2008.