In the fall of 2018, Edmonton opened its first Indigenous art park located in Queen Elizabeth Park, with breathtaking views of the River Valley and downtown Edmonton. It is called in (EE-no), which in Cree means “I am of the Earth” – the indigenous peoples are very connected to the land, so this name is very apt. înîw is located on the historic river lot originally owned by Joseph MacDonald, a Métis.
The park was created in partnership with the City of Edmonton, the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, the Métis Nation of Alberta, the Edmonton Arts Council and Indigenous artists. Here you will find six art installations, created by Aboriginal artists who have been asked to create pieces “inspired by this land”.
When you first arrive, you see the recognition of the treaty and the înîw welcome rocks. The rocks tell the story of the Cree word înîw (EE-nu), an ode to the ancestral lands of the indigenous groups who were here before, mainly the Cree.