Call to Action #83
May 25 to June 25, 2017
The Carnegie Room
Organized by the Barrie Native Friendship Centre
Reception: Thursday, May 25, 7 to 9 pm
Artist Talk by Xavier Fernandes and Nancy King: Friday, June 16, 12:15 pm, Rotary Education Centre. Admission free
In 2015, the Barrie Native Friendship Centre initiated a Reconciliation Project bringing together eight Indigenous and eight non-Indigenous Simcoe County artists to share stories, gain understanding and collaborate on a linked series of artworks. The project is a direct response to the 83rd call to action in Canada’s Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: “A strategy for indigenous and non-indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process”. The participating artists include: Peter Adams, Nathalie Bertin, Jennie Clark, Xavier Fernandes, Marilyn George (Nahtwekakatusake, Lakota: Holy Star Woman), Robert Henry (Sagajiwegiizhik, Coming From the Sun), Clayton Samuel King (Waab Shki Makoons, New Little White Bear), Nancy King (OgimaaKwebnes, Chief Lady Bird), Jeanette Luchese, Christina Luck, Joanna McEwen, Mary Louise Meiers, Jon Oelrichs, Mercedes Sandy, Paul Shilling (Dazaunggee) and Paul Whittam (Negik, Star Otter). The resulting works bear witness with honesty and respect to past experiences, while envisioning a future toward reconciliation. Call to Action #83 lays out a roadmap for awi-niigaani-mino-wiiji-inawendiwin: going forward together in harmony.