Signs of Your Identity | Head On Photo Festival

Signs of Your Identity

Daniella Zalcman

Festival Hub Central

Exhibition Dates:

30 April 2016 to 08 May 2016

Exhibition Description

For 120 years, the Canadian government operated a network of Indian Residential Schools that were meant to assimilate young indigenous students into western Canadian culture. Indian agents would take children from their homes as young as two or three and send them to church-run boarding schools where they were punished for speaking their native languages or observing any indigenous traditions, routinely sexually and physically assaulted, and in some extreme instances subjected to medical experimentation and sterilization.

The last residential school closed in 1996. The Canadian government issued its first formal apology in 2008.

Generations of Canada’s First Nations forgot who they were. Languages died out, sacred ceremonies were criminalized and suppressed. These double exposure portraits explore the trauma of some of the 80,000 living survivors who remain, and through extensive accompanying interviews address the impact of intergenerational trauma, lateral violence, and document the slow path towards healing.

This exhibition is printed by

Festival Hub Central is supported

      

Exhibition Space

Dates and Times

30 April 2016 to 08 May 2016

Open Hours

Opening Hours: 
Monday - Sunday:
12:00 pm-8:00 pm