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EXHIBITION GALLERY

History of the Project

Indigenous Resurgence Project (formerly called Artists for Reconciliation) is a movement I started in response to a grade 12 Social Justice project, aiming to bring together both indigenous and non-indigenous artists to forward the path to reconciliation. This project started with the intent to focus and educate on the historical relationships between the settler society and the indigenous population. As an indigenous person myself, this was an emotionally taxing undertaking that impacted my mental health. I wanted this project to impact people, and I came to realize this was not the intended path that I desired.

After the first show, I changed the direction of the project, deciding instead to focus on uplifting indigenous people in the community. I wanted to support people in the present instead of focusing on problems of the past. This project became a way to help indigenous artists, entrepreneurs, and creative minds in the community by providing a spotlight for them to shine. Since the creation of the project, the initiative has only continued to grow, building resources and connections between artists.

2018 ARTISTS FOR RECONCILIATION

This was the first show I organized, as a part of a grade 12 school project. For this show, I wanted to draw attention to the history of intergenerational trauma within Indigenous communities, and how creative outlets provided a healthy and healing way to cope with trauma. At this show, there were both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants to represent the bridging of cultures and communities to come together and engage in truth and reconciliation.

You can view the media release for the first art show through the link below.

2019 INDIGENOUS RESURGENCE FASHION SHOW

Unlike the first exhibition, 2019 took a more positive direction towards focusing on Indigenous artists and their work rather than the responsibility and heavy topics of reconciliation. With a partnership with the Kamloops Fashion Speaks International organization, this show featured two Indigenous designers, Alicia Marie of Alicia's Designs, and Ashley Michel from 4 Generations Creations. The sold-out show was an opener to the next day's public art exhibition, bringing in local Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs from all across Secwepemc'ulucw.

This exhibition was sponsored by the First People's Cultural Council in partnership with the Kamloops Arts Council. What was originally going to be a community-inclusive art show, being sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic, instead became a spotlight on myself and my work as an emerging artist. 

The exhibition ran for the month of October at the Kamloops Courthouse gallery, as well as online platforms to ensure the most accessibility.

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