šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square

North of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Looking Back

Jerry Whitehead


As we look back at our lives, childhood was a memorable time, being allowed to play with other children freely at our gatherings. Guided by our elders and ancestors spiritually to where we are now and beyond.

Whether we are grown ups or forever young, let’s reach for a time where we are all free to be.

Jerry Whitehead is a Cree artist from the James Smith First Nation, Saskatchewan. He has been painting for 40 years and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design. He has been the Artist in Residence with the Vancouver School Board for the past seven years. In 2010 Jerry co-coordinated the largest aboriginal mural in western Canada, the 7600 square foot Through the Eye of the Raven.

The Lantern City is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.