|My main project since July 2015 has been paintings inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission including two exhibits titled "We Are All Treaty People" at the Ben Navaee Gallery in Toronto. The link to the pdf guide for the October 2015 show is here. NOW Magazine noted the expanded February 2016 show as one of its Top 3 Pics - shown here. All the proceeds from both shows went to Neskantaga First Nation playground upgrade and the Pikangikum First Nation Working Group Projects. New paintings on this theme will be at the Riverdale Art Walk June 4-5th at Jimmie Simpson Centre and Park. With the help of an inspiring young artist Mariya Li, my new work is now on tumblr and facebook. An article on this work apears in Winspeaker Magazine.|
|The painting to the left is about the fire in Loon Lake Saskatchewan, when the 911 call came from the First Nation, the village fire chief decided not to respond because the FN had an unpaid bill.|
Left is one in a series of paintings to respect the youth in northern Ontario First Nation communities, and the hope and bravery of youth and their communities as they fight against despair, high suicide rates and poverty for clean water, safe housing, power and schools. The painting is about Shannen Koostachin a Grade 8 student who led the fight for a school in Attawapiskat.
Left (and insert in header) are in a series of 24 X 24 wood panels titled 'Our home on stolen land' about broken treaties, broken trust, and what successive governments (and all of us by implication) have done to deny the land rights, human rights and self-determination of original peoples and their Nations.
The painting to the left is 'Red Dress Day Oct. 4' a day to remember murdered and missing indigenous women and girls. The painting in the header also in this series is titled 'More than 1200' with a 1200 one-inch square grid with over 1200 markings for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.