Indigenous women’s art will be displayed on 167 billboards, celebrating their identities and history in Canada.
After years of government suppression of Indigenous history and culture, the Resilience Project formed in response to a national call for reconciliation of indigenous people in Canada.
“We’ve never been connected this way ever, you know, as a nation — from all nations. So, it’s a beautiful idea for a project,” explained one of the resilience artists, Lita Fontaine.
50 Indigenous women will have their artwork displayed from coast to coast from June to August 2018. The women’s art spans from photography to multimedia, with messages encouraging political change, highlighting the struggles of indigenous women, and celebrating their strengths. The project was formed by Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, an organization that supports women artists in Canada.
Canada has a long history of racism and violence against indigenous people. Indigenous women are 12 times more likely to be murdered or missing than non-indigenous women. The Resilience Project is calling attention to the violence, while reminding Canada that women are more than victims.
“It’s super important that we reclaim these spaces and show a different point of view, different perspective and show how powerful we actually are and how we are leaders in our community,” said KC Adams, another resilience artist.