This small collection was completed in early July, 2021 not long after the horrendous news of the residential school systems and discovery of some of the first mass unmarked graves in Canada.
The work preserves small pieces of the important July 1, 2021 march in Toronto, an alternative to Canada Day celebrations which were generally avoided.
Medium: Acrylic, mixed media and collage on gallery canvas.
Size: 6” x 6” x 1.5”d
My ignorance to the devastating acts committed at this country’s residential schools is shameful. Like many of you I had no idea. I’d hardly even heard about them, and certainly wasn’t taught about them in school.
While completing this collection I considered all of what I have learned and committed to further studies by enrolling in Indigenous Canada, a course that examines the historical and contemporary lives, identities, cultural expressions, rights, and goals of Indigenous peoples in Canada from Indigenous voices and perspectives.
I will be donating 50% of the sale of any piece in this collection towards the DownieWenjack.ca foundation. Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
This is one small way that I can make a difference, and I hope you will also think about how you can contribute.