Charles Comfort, British Columbia Pageant (detail), 1951, oil on canvas. SFU Art Collection. Gift of Toronto Dominion Bank, 2003.

William Lindsay on Charles Comfort's, British Columbia Pageant (1951) and John Innes', Six Paintings

Director, Office for Aboriginal Peoples at SFU
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 12:30pm

Unpacking Art: Lunchtime Talks on Works in the SFU Art Collection is a speaker series that invites members of the SFU community to “unpack” the context and the questions raised by works of art in the collection. 

William Lindsay is currently a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University researching the Indigenization of universities. William has worked for many years as an Indigenous teacher, professor, student services provider, and senior administrator, at numerous Lower Mainland colleges and universities, including the Native Education College, the Institute for Indigenous Government (now the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Burnaby campus), Douglas College, the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. William currently serves as the Director of the Office for Aboriginal Peoples at SFU. He is also a published writer, with a TESOL textbook, newspaper essays, and numerous academic papers and book reviews.

Charles Comfort (1900-1994) was a Canadian artist who was active in the 1930s and 1940s. He developed a reputation as a painter of murals, producing panoramic paintings and carved friezes for the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto, The Toronto Stock Exchange, and Central Station in Montreal.

John Innes (1863-1941) was born in London, Ontario but moved West, working as a surveyor for CP Rail in the 1870s and settling in Vancouver in the early 1880s. In 1924 Innes was commissioned by the Native Sons of British Columbia, a fraternal organization that worked to promote local histories, to produce a series of eight paintings depicting historical events in British Columbia. 

This series encourages participation from audiences that are new to visual art and to the SFU Art Collection.

Unpacking Art is free and open to everyone. No advance preparation or registration is necessary. Bring your lunch.


Unpacking Art: William G. Lindsay on Colonial Art at SFU by Emma Kenny 

Audio Recording