Nadia Myre

For Those Who Cannot Speak: the Land, the Water, the Animals and the Future Generations

2013
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The title for Nadia Myre’s artwork is inspired by a statement read by a group of Algonquin kokoms (grandmothers) on Parliament Hill on 11 January 2013. Following the artist’s wishes, the statement is quoted below to establish a context for this work: “We join the voices of all our Relatives who are standing up and speaking for the land, water and future generations. We invite the Settlers to join us in this call to their governments. We demand that the Crown and all governments on Turtle Island start to behave in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Royal Proclamation, the Treaties and their own Constitution. All of the newcomer governments are in violation of all of these. This means respecting our customary law and finally beginning to be in a relationship with Indigenous People which is respectful and honest. We make these demands on behalf of all those who cannot speak – the land, the water, the animals and the future generations. Their very survival depends on our success. This is our responsibility as Grandmothers, Kokomisag. Chi-migwech.”

Artist
Title
For Those Who Cannot Speak: the Land, the Water, the Animals and the Future Generations
Date
2013
Medium
Photograph
Materials
digital print
Dimensions
81.3 x 1005.8 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2017
Accession number
47540