Feathers of Hope
Feathers of Hope is a monumental document, not just of the colonial legacy inflicted upon young First Nations people, but of their brilliance and power. In their own words, more than 160 youth from 64 First Nations communities in Northern Ontario reflected on the issues that most affect them — issues like loss of culture, the continuing impact of residential schools, mental and physical health, and youth leadership — and made concrete recommendations on how people in various levels and positions of power can support them in healing and making change.
The artwork was created by laser-cutting stencils into black paper then photographing them lit from behind and with the smoke of a sage smudge in the foreground. On March 30, 2014, a copy of Feathers of Hope was placed as an offering in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Bentwood Box, which is an archival tribute to the survivors of residential schools. Many major unions, NGOs, and legislators have signed on in support as well.
Videography: Mike Barber
Video production assistance: Faduma Gure
Production design: Amber Thompson, Atanas Bozdarov, Karen Campos