The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), by providing a forum for the stories of residential school victims, has raised Canadian consciousness. Through their testimonies, these exceptional individuals have helped to lift the veil on years of oppression and cultural, psychological and physical abuse.
The creation of Minwashin was inspired by the recommendations made in that report, including the recommendation that the Canadian government “support the development of, or the renewal of, relationships based on the principles of mutual recognition, mutual respect and shared responsibility in a way that is sustainable, or the renewal of relationships of this type that have already been established”.
Together, we asked ourselves which approach to take and one thought came to mind: We will oppose beauty to ugliness. To darkness, we will oppose light. To shame, pride. To oblivion and rejection, the fertility of our hands and minds. The Anicinabe nation would be reborn through art.