Msit No’kmaq (All My Relations), Newfoundland and Labrador

Well I think, you know, every visual artist tells stories through their artwork. When I started to speak to my Mi’kmaq ancestry, a lot of people related to what I was saying, what I was doing. It’s a way to explore and learn things about my past that I didn’t have growing up. My work is not just about me, it’s about my people too. So, you know, it’s part of that journey – reclaiming who I am and where I came from. I’ve referenced photography, I’ve referenced stories that my family told, stories that are written by other people. I’ve incorporated photographs of my great-grandfather, my grandparents and his brothers, my great uncles. Legends. All those things are, you know, all a part of who we are as people, you know, it’s my story but it’s our story I’m playing a small part of trying to keep our culture strong here, as best I can It’s my family, it’s my… those are my relations, those are my No’kmaq

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