The Reconciliation Begins with You (RBWY) video series aims to raise awareness of the importance of reconciliation, showcase young Indigenous artists, and help everyone in Canada understand their personal responsibility on our collective journey toward reconciliation.
This creative project is led by the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF), in collaboration with Justin Stephenson (director and animator of the Secret Path), four emerging Indigenous visual artists, and other artistic collaborators including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Humble the Poet, Eekwol, and Isaac Murdoch.
Video release schedule:
Videos will be released on the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Vimeo accounts on the following dates during Secret Path Week 2021 (October 17-22):
Monday, October 18: ‘Beading Together’ by Corrina McKay
Tuesday, October 19: ‘Snowshoe Teachings’ by Lucia Laford
Wednesday, October 20: ‘We Need to Talk’ by Alina Pete feat. Eekwol and Humble the Poet
Thursday, October 21: ‘Paddling on Both Sides’ by Blake Angeconeb and Buffy Sainte-Marie
Meet the Artists
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
Corrina is an Anishnaabe multi-media visual artist currently living in Thunder Bay and studying at Lakehead University. Corrina has been creating art over ten years. She likes to work with colour and acrylics as her primary medium, Corrina brings deep meaning and intention into her art. She has also worked as an Indigenous Curator and Facilitator for the Indigenous Youth Residency program. In this program, youth build connections and explore Anishinaabe art practices while learning about colonialism, culture, and Indigenous resistance.
Alina Pete (they/them) is a nehiyaw (Cree) artist and writer from Little Pine First Nation in western Saskatchewan.
They are best known for their Aurora award-winning webcomic, Weregeek (weregeek.com), but they also write short stories, poems and RPG supplements, and they have contributed to and edited several comic anthologies.
Lucia Laford (Waawaaskone Kwe) is an Anishinaabe and Irish artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Her family comes from Goulais Bay and M’Chigeeng First Nation. She is a proud Two-Spirit Ojibwe Kwe. Lucia paints in a woodland style that has been passed down to her by her father. Her style is vivid and bright with crisp line work. Lucia has a spiritual connection to her work that has been established through her own healing path. She is a passionate Indigenous arts educator and loves working with everyone from youth to the elderly and especially enjoys working with First Nation communities. Lucia is on the lifelong journey of reclaiming her culture and learning Anishinaabemowin.
Blake Angeconeb is an Anishinaabe woodlands artist who hails from Treaty 3 territory. His first venture into art began 6 years ago during a fun painting session with his younger niece, which has since launched him into a full-time career as an artist. Blake’s primary practice involves acrylics and multimedia on canvas, blending the school of woodlands art with pop culture references. Blake is a self-trained painter with a growing collection of small and large scale works who enjoys collaborating with other artists. He is part of the Caribou clan and a proud member of Lac Seul First Nation.
Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Our goal is to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all peoples in Canada.