Resume / C.V. / Art Biography / Artist’s Statement:
Will Morin is of Ojibwa/Scottish and French Canadian ancestry,
originally from Batchawana Bay, Ontario, a member of the
Michipicoten First Nation. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie in 1964
Will grew up mostly in Sudbury. In pursuit of the creative spirit
Will has travelled throughout Canada, the United States and England.
Will is a professional visual and performing artist exhibiting his
unique mixture of media and culturally inspired works and
high-energy performances continually locally, nationally and
internationally. Among them are exhibiting in annual national Native
Art shows at the Woodlands Cultural Centre in Brantford Ontario as
well as performing with Juno nominated Native Rock band No
Reservations. He has won many 1st place awards at the Algoma Fall
Festival of the Arts in the past 7 years including best of the show
He received his formal art training first at Cambrian College and
then from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and obtained his
degree of Fine Art in 1993. Will followed this up with a degree in
Native Studies from Laurentian University in 1994. He also obtained
an Inter-disciplinary Humanities Master’s degree from Laurentian in
summer of 2001.
Will has taught Visual Arts at Cambrian College and Native Cultural
Arts at Sault College. He helped to develop a new private,
university level, art school, the White Mountain Academy of the
Arts, in Elliot Lake. Will has developed, co-ordinated and taught a
culturally based literacy program for a year (2000-2001) at the
N’swakamok Native Friendship Centre in Sudbury. He taught Visual
Arts at the White Mountain Academy of the Arts for two years and
continues to teaching at Laurentian University in the department of
Native Studies of Sudbury University. Will privately teaches various
visual arts medium in his studio and facilitated Native cultural
presentations, “healing through the arts” activities with his
Creative Self Rediscovery workshops for communities cultural groups,
provincial aboriginal youth groups, health professionals and nursing
students throughout North American and Europe.
Building a community is where Will shows his strength as a leader.
As a youth he received the Duke of Edinburgh Award (Gold) and
recently he was nominated for a Community Builder’s Ward for the
Arts (2004) and he continues to provide opportunities for local and
young artists participates in local festivals and other art and
cultural events. Some of them are the Northern Lights Festival
Boreal, Fringe Nord Theatre Festival and others. Every month for the
past 7 years Will organises and displays local artists’ works at a
local café / magazine store called Black Cat Too. He also has been
involved with the boards of directors of the Sudbury Arts Council,
Theatre Cambrian in Sudbury.
While with Theatre Cambrian Will directed a World Premiere (July
2000) of a revised version of the 60's rock musical Hair entitled
Hair Y2K with special arrangement of the co-author James Rado. In
January 2001 and Spring 2002 Will was the featured artist on two
different episodes of Aboriginal Voices, on the Aboriginal Peoples
Television Network. Will also hosts two weekly one hour First
Nation’s news and entertainment programs, Z-103:Anishnaabeg This
Week and Campus Radio CKLU: Four Directions - Aboriginal Word.
In contrast to his art training Will has spent most of his youth in
the cadets and part of his early adult years in the reserves and the
Canadian Armed forces. During the Oka Crisis and the Gulf War of
1990-91 Will served as a medical assistant in eastern Canada.
“I work to honour our ancient Shaman Artists who painted the “Rock
Art” of Agawa Bay. As an adult I realised that I was continuing in
the same tradition with my art. Their images have a message, tell
stories and record history. Within my modern art I continue that
tradition of ‘images with a message.’ I come from a life of ‘making
do with what I had.’ That is why I recycle, reuse anything to make
art. Everything is connected, nothing is wasted.”
Resume / C.V.
1998-2001 Interdisciplinary Humanities M.A. Laurentian University,
1993-1994 3yr B.A. in Native Studies, Laurentian University,
1991-1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts: Nova Scotia College of Art and
Design, Halifax, N.S.
1985-1990 Diploma of Fine Arts: Cambrian College, Sudbury, Ontario
2002-2004 Laurentian University (University of Sudbury), Sudbury,
Ontario Native Studies Professor
2001-2003 White Mountain Academy of the Arts, Elliot Lake, Ontario
Art History Professor (Contemporary Native Art History), Photography
2000-2001 N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre, Sudbury, Ontario
Literacy Coordinator / Instructor
1998-1999 Laurentian University , Sudbury, Ontario Teachers
Assistant: M. A. fellowship, Courses taught: Film History
1998-1999 Lansdown Public School, Sudbury, Ont. Teachers Assistant
Ojibway Language N'Swakamok Native Alternative School, Sudbury, Ont.
Visual Arts Instructor
1996-97 Sault College School of Native Education, Sault Ste. Marie,
Ontario Instructor: Four Seasons Anishnaabe Art Journey Courses
taught: Living Arts (ie: crafts, & traditional arts), Native Art
History, Arts & Culture (i.e.: traditions, ceremonies etc...),
Native Literature Canadian Native Peoples (Issues, History, Politics
of Natives), Native College Entrance (College prep., for Native
1994-1996 Cambrian College, Sudbury, Ontario Visual Arts Professor:
3D Foundations, Art History, Printmaking.
"Identity Construction in a Contemporary Cosmology",
Paper Presentation at University of Toronto
for the ABAL Conference: Healing Practitioners in a Hurting World
Paper: April 4th, 2002, Presentation: May 25, 2002
1998 "Aboriginal Pedagogy: The Art of Learning", S.S.M. Michigan
Lake Superior State University, 6th Biannual Native American Studies
1996 “Western Canons vs. Native Bows and Arrows: a new direction for
1) 5th Biannual Native American Studies Conference,
Lake Superior State University, S.S.M. Michigan (April 1996)
2) Aboriginal Peoples Conference,
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario (Oct., 1996)
2001-2003 Birds of Pray Create Sudbury, Ontario. Owner / Operator.
Conference fascinator, Motivational speaker, Cross Cultural
Consultant, Contract Teacher of; visual arts, cultural arts, Natives
Studies, and a Professional Visual and Performing Artist.
2000-2001 N'Swakamok Native Friendship Centre, Sudbury, Ontario.
Literacy Coordinator: Curriculum developed of culturally inclusive
literacy material, Literacy instructor First Nation liaison to
community literacy network partners, wrote program reports and grant
1997-1998 White Mountain Academy of the Arts, Elliot Lake, Ontario.
Assistant Director of Cultural Affairs: First Nation Community
Liaison, Cultural Activities Coordinator & Facilitator, First Nation
Curriculum Developer, Grant Proposal Writer, for Canada's newest
Bi-cultural university level private art school in Elliot Lake,
Ontario. Developer of a new First Nations Training Institute (Mamaweswen
Training Institute) located in Blind River, Ontario.
1995 Fringe Nord Theatre Festival; Producer s Assistant - Sudbury,
Medical Assistant (Nurses and Doctor's aid)
Canadian Forces Bases; Cornwallis Nova Scotia, Shilo Manitoba.
Medical Assistant: Basic medical training,
Canadian Forces Medical Services School, C.F.B. Borden, Ontario
1984 Royal Canadian Irish Regiment (Militia reserves), Sudbury,
1998 – 2004 First Nations Art Annual Juried Exhibitions
Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario
1998 Algoma Fall Festival of the Arts. Juried Exhibition-Oct.
30-Nov. 01 Harriet Black Award Best of the Show, Other awards:, Best
of Sculpture, Best in Recycled Materials Algoma Art Gallery,
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.
1997 Algoma Fall Festival of the Arts. Algoma Art Gallery, Sault
Ste. Marie, Ontario
1- Winners of the Harriet Black Award Exhibition , 2- Juried
Exhibition. Best in Wood
1997 3rd annual First Nations City Celebration; Toronto City Hall
The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual
1996 Algoma Fall Festival of the Arts. Juried Exhibition Harriet
Black Award Best of the Show including: Judges Choices, Best of
Sculpture, Best in Recycled Materials Algoma Art Gallery, Sault Ste
1993-98 Fringe Nord Theatre Festival Visual Art Exhibit - Sudbury,
1996-97 Annual Mamawi Gathering of Aboriginal Artists (Art
3rd Annual Native Art and Craft Exhibition
Elliot Lake, Ontario
1996 First Nations Art 1996",
Woodlands Cultural Center, Brantford, Ontario
This Ain t No Chair?ity Art Auction of Native Artist s Work to raise
For Cambrian College s Native Students Association
1992 1- Graduation Students Group Show; Anna Leonowens Gallery,
2- Net/Netting/Network Group Show; Mary E Black Gallery, Halifax,
Dec. Indians and Aliens, Black Cat Too Community Art Display Space,
2000 Dec. Mirrored Images, Black Cat Too Community Art Display
1999 Nov. Art From The Soul, Black Cat Too Community Art Display
1998 Aug. Dis-Car-Dead Parts , Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault St.
1996 Oct. Nini?de, Man Made , Applegrove Bistro, Sudbury,Ont.
1994 Birds Applegrove Bistro, Sudbury
Birds of Pray Cambrian College, Sudbury
Birds of Pray Art Effects Gallery , Sudbury
2002- Jan. Aboriginal Peoples Television Network: Aboriginal Voices
Featured Artist, two different 15 minute interview broadcast
1985 - 2001 Theatre Cambrian - Community Theatre group
Founding member: Past board member, performed as an actor, director,
Productions: Hair - (actor) May 1990, Jesus Christ Super Star -
(actor) May 1992 , The
Premier of Hair Y2K the revised version of "Hair" by special
permission of original
James Rado - (Director, actor, set designer) July 2000
1996 - 2002 No Reservations - Native Folk Rock Band
Cultural Theatrical Performer: A Juno nominated Native Folk Rock
band where I contribute a theatrical performance of mythical Native
characters to the band's concert shows Notable International
Performances: Indian Summer Festival - Milwaukee Wisconson (2 years)
1999 - 2000, Ottawa Folk Festival - 1998, Stan Rogers folk festival
- Canso Nova Scotia July 1999, Aboriginal Voices Festival - July
1998, Northern Lights Festival Boreal - 1997 - 2000, National
Aboriginal Day - June 21 1998, Museum of Civilization, Hull, P.Q.
Community Involvement / Other Interests
CKLU Student Radio Station, Z-103 / Haliburton Broadcasting Group
Host of "Anishinaabeg This Week", a weekly one hour Native new and
2001- 2004 Northern Lights Festival Boreal, - Sudbury, Ont
Co-ordinator / Organizer: Artist's Village
1998 - 2004 Black Cat Too Community Art Display Space: Sudbury, Ont.
Curator / Organizer: of monthly exhibits of the works of local
performing and visual artists'.
1998 Northern Lights Festival Boreal, Sudbury, Ont
Visual Art Performance, "The Weaving Project"
Art Express, August, Sudbury, Ont.
Co-ordinator / organizer, A Community Arts showcase of local
1998 Fringe Nord Theatre Festival, Sudbury, Ont.
Co-ordinator / organizer, Visual Art Exhibit.
1997 Elliot Lake Community Theatre Group, Elliot Lake, Ontario
Director, actor, set design & construction, founding member.
1997 Algoma Fall Festival of the Arts, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Committee member to organize the 1997 art show & exhibition.
1996 Sault Ste. Marie & District Arts Council, Sault Ste. Marie,
1997 Fringe Nord Theatre Festival, Sudbury, Ont.
Co-ordinator / organizer Visual Art Exhibit:.
Theatre Cambrian, Community Theatre Group , Sudbury, Ontario
Founding member, president (1996), vice-president (1999-2000)
Poetry Nites, Sudbury, Ont. Organizer / Host of weekly poetry
readings AT Various Locations,
1994-96 Presentation of Native Arts & Culture: throughout Sudbury
Sudbury Arts Council: Vice President - Sudbury, Ont.
1995 Northern Lights Festival Boreal: Sudbury, Ont., Performed &
conducted poetry workshops.
Fringe Nord Theatre Festival 1994 Sudbury, Ont. Wrote and performed
1992-94 Canadian Federation of Students: (CFS?S): National Native
1992-93 Halifax School of Dance: Modern Jazz Dance training. -
1985-86 Katimavik Youth Program; Participant
1985 Duke of Edinburgh Award (Gold)