Ancestral and future voices
This illustration represents the diverse and intertribal voices passed on and reclaimed across Indigenous Canada. Water, giver of all life, flows from the mouth of an Inuk Elder, representing the passing down of knowledge. The moving water evokes the Métis flag, symbolizing a birth of a new nation and its declaration to exist forever. A turtle rises up from the water, known as turtle island, holding the lessons of the medicine wheel. A First Nations talking stick boldly holds space for the voice of the one that would take hold of it. Trees and water speak to the history of stewardship of the earth as well as the land protectors’ work towards respect and preservation.
Art work commissioned by SFU Public Square