In 2013 I was privileged to be part of The Child Taken project commissioned by the Saskatoon Tribal Council, in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan. The Tribal Council teamed up with our summer class to come up with visual representations to commemorate the Indian Residential School experience. Nine of us made proposal pieces that have been happily travelling all over the place and my piece, New Child, was chosen by the Tribal Council to be enlarged into an 8 x 12 ft mural. It is currently at Wanuskewin Heritage Park until April 2015 and will then be placed at another prominent location in Saskatoon (we have our fingers crossed for the airport!). If you've never been to Wanuskewin, or if you've been 100 times, go visit! Just being there warms your heart.
After our opening and revealing at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery in June I have been honored to be part of many other events. Travelling to various communities to gift replicas of my work to Chiefs and community members, gifting replicas to some of the elders whose stories inspired this piece, being honored with my fellow students by the Muskeg Lake First Nation, gifting a replica to Station 20 West on 20th Street in Saskatoon, and travelling to Edmonton this past March for the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission to have my piece, as well as the 9 other beautiful student pieces, blessed in the Bentwood Box Ceremony are just a few of the incredible experiences this project has brought to my life. It has been quite the journey and I've even acquired a second family!
Please visit the Tribal Council website to read more and to see all of the other pieces!