Memorial Gallery

Call Out for Contributions: Memorial Gallery

tânisi, Greetings to all. This is a call out for all who are inspired to contribute to our Online Memorial Gallery.  We are creating this Memorial Gallery to acknowledge the pain, grief, outrage, shame and blame currently being resurfaced with the recent horrific news of the children found buried at what once was the site of the Kamloops Residential School. Simultaneously we wish to honor the trauma and the strength of Survivors and Descendants and bring much needed attention the ongoing Legacy of the Indian Residential School Era, to make visible the continuing ripple effects into our shared worlds today, and to commit to ongoing reconcileActions to do our part to bring awareness to and make change in all of our circles of influence.  To encourage the launch of the Memorial Gallery,  Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline, Lead of Indigenized Healing Arts Programming at WHEAT Institute, wishes to offer this Response Art, an Eco-Art Image, created with Food Paints, with an accompanying Poetic Inquiry. We encourage you to send in your heARTfelt contributions to info@wheatinstitute.com

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BlueberryBeet, BeetCarrot, BEAM©Blue, Turmeric, Coffee, Dandelion, Ash, Onion.

When I Heard the Recent Horrific News

Dr. Fyre Jean Graveline

When i Heard. The Recent Horrific News….

            i Took it. Directly. to my Heart. my heARTs.

            i Grabbed. my Food Paints. my BlueberryBeet. and Made. a Pour.

            on a Big Page. This. is a Big Event. Wake Up. Canada. i Pray

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Read the full Poetic Inquiry:

Listen to a reading of the Poetic Inquiry:

When I Heard the Recent Horrific News
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Faceless dolls for the Children who were found in BC

Starlynn Shears-Osmond

The child is chained to the adult and wearing a peaked hat, prayer hat.

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Listen to a reading of the Poetic Inquiry:

peyâk achâkDarci Adam
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one ~ pêyak acâhk 

Darci Adam

 

one
precious one
one perfect form
original in nature
sacred one
one

pêyak acâhk
pêyak poko acâhk
pimotêw êkwa acâhk
mamâhtawisiw acâhk
miyosiw acâhk
pêyak acâhk

Thank you to Dr. Kevin Lewis and his family, our Cree teachers, for supporting our Cree learning journey at WHEAT Institute.

The Indian Act in Comics

Damian John

Professional artist and muralist working with acrylic, digital, and sculptural mediums. The three images below were done in relationship to Damian's current art show “The Indian Act in Comics”, which is an exploration of the Indian Act and cultural genocide as perpetrated by the Canadian government, the British empire, and the Catholic and Protestant churches. They are set in a poster/comic cover style on purpose as this is what the show covers. You can be view Damian's art show online at https://caribouwoman.com/indian-act-in-comics 

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Gift of Awareness

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Gift of Awareness painting by Kait Matthews 
In memory of her mother Bette George
One of the many children take to the Mohawk Institute aka The Mush Hole

For Bette
From left to right – over and over….

the beginning, 
the sun,
the life-giving water, turtle island emerging-
the trees-Anishinaabe.
the owl, forebearer of a dark time descending.
Mother, symbolic of family
Reaching out to hang onto her child,
her pride
her respect
her culture.
The stone-cold arm of the white man
whose belief in Christianity is so forceful and strong.
He rips her child away
So many children away.
Night sky turns to red
Painted with the blood of the suffering.
the trees burn to black
souls swallowed by fire
burned, forgotten.
Buried.
The underlying stream of water continually flows,
water that gives life and hope
a salve on the pain of the past,
that we,
That they,
That history 
Should never forget.
Scars are permanent.
So many words unheard
So much lost.
The Eagle offers strength to the scarred 
and the gift of awareness for future generations…
Night is peace, solace in the dream world.
A healing time.
The water, the stars
comfort those who are in the spirit realm now, 
and console those who are still here.
They teach all Anishinaabe 
Offering wisdom for the future….


 

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Virginia Jahyu

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Land Beneath our Feet

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Lauren Harms

Lately I've noticed that my perception of the land beneath our feet has shifted. 
I can hear the cry of First Nations, Inuit and Metis children rising up from the earth.  
As I walk this land, I wonder 

What would this country have been like 
      if white colonizers had listened at the feet of Elders? 
What would this country have been like 
      if white colonizers had shown gratitude for what had been graciously gifted? 
What would this country have been like 
       if white colonizers had chosen relationship and humility rather than domination? 
What would this country have been like 
       if each child had known love of self, culture and community?
What would this country have been like
       if each child had lived? 

And these choices are before us today. 
Will we listen to our Indigenous, Black and all kin of colour? 
Will we listen to our creature and plant kin? 
Will we listen to the earth and the water which sustains us? 

An elder once shared that it takes 12 times for a person to hear something to truly understand. 
And it takes 25 more times for them to change their ways. 
And we need change. 
So we better pay attention. 

We need the truth to cut to our hearts and destroy the foundations of white supremacy
A system that plagues us all. 
This economic, greed driven, individual focused, white centered, fucked up system
Needs to die. 

And we need all people, all gifts and abilities
With those who have been marginalized at the center 
       To reshape
       Recreate
       Transform 
How we can live and be together. 
May we be reborn. 
May this country be reborn. 

NIGHTMARES

Marcel Joseph DaCosta​

*Trigger warning* ⚠️ Sensitive themes & nudity, viewer discretion is advised.

NIGHTMARES was created in relation to awareness of systemic affects involving the Residential school system and “Starlight tours” that have been responsible for the abuse and murder of countless indigenous community members across Canada. View online on Instagram HERE

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