An Evening with douglas cardinal


Thursday June 13


REDx Talks and d.talks present

An Evening with Douglas Cardinal

REDx Talks, a branch of iiniistsi Treaty Arts Society, and d.talks are co-presenting an evening with the renowned Canadian architect, Douglas Cardinal.

Douglas Cardinal is an architect, planner, activist, philosopher, artist and Anishinaabe Elder. Born in 1934 in Calgary, his organic style of architecture is a result of a keen awareness and connection to nature. His buildings and planned communities have been recognized as early leaders in sustainability and ecological design. Many of his early buildings are located in Alberta: in Grand Prairie, St. Albert, Edmonton, Ponoka, Red Deer and Stony Plain. In the late 1970s his office was an early-adopter of computer aided design technology, resulting in curvilinear lines and free-form shapes.

Douglas Cardinal was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990, and he was declared a World Master of Contemporary Architecture by the International Association of Architects. In 1998, his master plan for the James Bay Cree in Quebec was recognized by UNESCO for best sustainable village. In 2018, Douglas Cardinal was a co-curator for UNCEDED at the Canadian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale.


With a combined program that celebrates Douglas Cardinal's Indigenous ancestry, Mr. Cardinal's keynote presentation will be followed by a REDx Intertribal by local aboriginal chef Shane Chartrand; and to close the evening, a discussion in the oral tradition. 

  • 6:30pm keynote talk by Douglas Cardinal

  • 7:30pm REDx Intertribal

  • 8:15pm discussion in the oral tradition

Chef Shane is part of a new documentary series exploring modern Indigenous cuisine called Red Chef Revival. His first cookbook launches this fall titled, Tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine (Tawâw is Cree for “Welcome, there is room”). 

Additional support from the Art Gallery of Alberta, the University of Alberta, the Alberta Association of Architects.

Thanks to the support of:

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