Darcie “Ouiyaghasiak” Bernhardt is an Inuvialuk/Gwich’in artist from Tuktuyaaqtuuq, NT Alumna of NSCADU in 2019 (BFA). Bernhardt was raised in Tuktoyaktuk where the ocean’s harsh winds carve into the Western Arctic landscape, an ecosystem that fosters transformation and nurtures powerful familial bonds. Their work explores visual storytelling as tradition, as birthright, as decolonial memory preservation - building their role as a memory-keeper. Their work has been actively participating in residencies and festivals internationally where recently Bernhardt received the Indigenous Artist Recognition Award from Arts Nova Scotia (2020). Their first painting solo show titled Akisuktuaq was shown at Feheley Fine Art gallery in June (2021). Their group exhibition was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia called Family Patterns alongside with Sobey Award longlister Letitia Fraser until February (2022) and Winnipeg Art Galleries’ INUA group exhibition. They were a part of EVERYSEEKER’s Call + Response where they created video animation and collaborated with Sill and Rise single Pandemonium for their album. Their work expands as their collaborative short films have been shown at ImagineNATIVE (Toronto, 2020), Maoriland Film Festival (New Zealand, 2021) and BIRRARANGGA Film Festival (Australia, 2021) for Greed Story. Their collaboration with Carmel Farahbakhsh titled Nanuk & Bibi was shown at Nocturne (Halifax, 2020) and Toronto Short Film Festival (March, 2021). Recently, they were a finalist for the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award (2022).