Alex Janvier

Cultural Background: Dene Suline and Saulteaux 

Born in 1935, Alex Janvier was raised in the nurturing care of his family until the age of 8 when he was uprooted from his home and sent to the Blue Quills Indian Residential School near St. Paul, Alberta. Although Janvier speaks of having a creative instinct from as far back as he can remember, it was at the residential school that he was given the tools to create his first paintings. Unlike many Aboriginal artists of his time, Janvier received formal art training from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and graduated with honours in 1960.