Caring Across Boundaries Photo Exhibition
Caring Across Boundaries is an online exhibition engaging First Nations and all peoples of Canada in reconciliation to promote the wellbeing of First Nations children and youth. The purpose of the exhibition is to bring to life the challenges and dreams of First Nations communities with the goal of promoting understanding and contributing to the process of reconciliation between Aboriginal Peoples and people in Canada. In this exhibition, three First Nations communities share their daily experiences while inviting every person in Canada to make a positive difference for First Nations children and their families.
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More about the Project Volunteers:
An internationally renowned photographer who specializes in storytelling conceptual photography. For over twenty years, Liam has worked in settings ranging from diamond vaults to impoverished neighborhoods, museums, sky scrapers and theme parks. He received the Silver Award of the Art Directors Club of Canada in 2009 and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. His work has been featured in Graphis, Applied Arts and PDN magazines, among other publications.
Attawapiskat First Nation
Is home to the Mushkego or Omushkego James Bay Cree located along the Attawapiskat River near James Bay, Ontario. Daily life for families in the community is difficult. The school sits on a site contaminated by over 30,000 gallons of diesel fuel, sanitation systems are grossly inadequate, food costs are high, and there are severe housing shortages. The community leadership has worked hard with federal and provincial governments to deal with the problems but progress is slow.
Carrier Sekani Nations
The people historically have resided in a vast territory, of over 76,000 kilometers, primarily located in North Central British Columbia. Today there are approximately 10,000 individuals. Families are challenged by the inter-generational impacts of colonization, poverty and unresolved land claims. Go to www.csfs.org for more information.
Tobique First Nation
Is a Maliseet community located in a rural area along the St. John River in New Brunswick. A hydro electric dam was built on their lands but the community receives very little benefit from the dam. They pay some of the highest electric power bills in the province, have seen their traditional foods and medicines eroded due to the dam and many community members are living in poverty. This community is working hard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their children but they need access to the resources other communities take for granted.
For all of the support and volunteer time to make this exhibition possible, a heartfelt 'Thank You' to: Liam Sharp; Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario; Carrier-Sekani Family Services: a branch society of the Carrier-Sekani Tribal Council, British Columbia; and, Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick.