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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

  • Image credit: Ohné:ka, Cheyenne Ricard, 2023

Ohné:ka: The Mohawk word for Water


Self-guided Visual arts Indigenous
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This activity runs the duration of Culture Days.


Port Weller Community Centre

1 Bogart Street

St. Catharines, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible.


Ohné:ka (Oh-nay-ga) – the Mohawk word for water – is an exhibition in partnership with the Niagara Regional Native Centre (NRNC). The artwork in this exhibition was created during a workshop held by the NRNC for its youth.

Led by artist Cheyenne Ricard, the workshop began by reminding the youth of the significance of water in our everyday lives. Ricard utilized her featured artwork, Ohné:ka, to underscore the importance of water, as it is what gives all of us life. Water should be protected and cherished by everyone.

Ricard prompted the youth to draw their favorite ocean animal, reflecting a connection to water that goes beyond human existence.

On the exterior of the facility, a large-scale mural based on the painting by Ricard can be viewed.



City of St. Catharines

St. Catharines Cultural Services operates as a division within the Community, Recreation, and Culture Services department at the City of St. Catharines. Our primary responsibilities include managing the civic art collection, overseeing public art installations, administering cultural investment programs, and facilitating community development initiatives.