First Nations Open Edition
First Nations people are descendants of the original inhabitants of Canada who lived here for many thousands of years before explorers arrived from Europe. These people were once called Indians, but this term is now known to be incorrect and originated when early
European explorers thought they were in India when they landed in North America, so they called the original inhabitants "Indians." Many people who were misnamed "Indians" now prefer to be called First Nations. First Nations people identify themselves by the nation to which they belong, for example, Ojibwe, Mohawk, Cree, Oneida, and so on. First Nations are distinguished from Aboriginal in that First Nations does not include Métis and Inuit. The term Aboriginal is inclusive of First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
The Phoenix Collection recognizes the important contributions made to Canada's artistic and cultural heritage by First Nations artists. As avid collectors ourselves, we are proud to showcase First Nations art. Our growing collection features the masterful work of several of the most collected First Nations artists, among them Clemance Wescoup, Norval Morrisseau, Isaac Bignell, Benjamin Chee Chee, Jim Oskineegish, Maxine Noel and many more.