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When Don Amaro sang "O Canada" ahead of Jets vs. Canadiens in June of 2021, I had to do more than cry.


I strove to find a way to honour the 215 bodies of Indigenous children found buried in Tk'emlúps (Kamloops, BC).


I thought of the work of the settlers over the years, across this land we now call "Canada". Of gathering the native-born children to force them down; of renaming the communities; of constructing new roads to new buildings (like hockey arenas); of fuelling it all through pipelines across this land we now call "Canada".


I thought of the water; I added my tears to those already cried for the stolen children. I realized that, like water, you can't simply gather tears up and force them down: apply enough pressure and they'll explode. Disperse. Water the whole land.


It's happening: the Indigenous people are rising up to water this land.


$215 from the sale of this piece will benefit the National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation.

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  • Media

    Acrylic, gesso & glass

  • Substrate

    Wrapped canvas

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  • Finish

    Gloss/matte polymer varnish with UV protection.

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