‘The relationship between Haida Artists and Haida Gwaii is rather like the formline of Haida art- the black line may thicken or thin but it always remains connected.”
Marianne Jones of the Taas Lanaas people “Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haida Art”
2021 brings transformation to Ravens, Eagles, Polka Dots. The Truth and Reconciliation Commision Report in 2015 and the continuing emergence of historical inequities toward Indigenous people in Canada has deeply influenced our casual relationship as friends and business partners. We have decided to formally create intentional, legal boundaries to define a relationship that was originally based on food, friendship and a ‘handshake’. We want to recognize the history of trauma placed on Indigenous people in Canada by demonstrating one way to move forward together; documenting respectful collaborative principles.
Reg maintains all legal ownership of his artwork. Reg designs the screens and Wendy makes the garments, prints them and sells them.
It is Wendy and Reg’s hope that Yáahl, Gúud,Tsai will celebrate Reg’s art and will stand as an example for how to collaborate in an environmentally, culturally respectful and responsible way.
Ha’waa. Thank you.
September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/195208608373
“I did say … at the end of the TRC report that we will not achieve reconciliation in my lifetime. We will probably not achieve it in the lifetime of my children. We may not even achieve it in the lifetime of my grandchildren,” Sinclair, a former senator and chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), told Unreserved host Rosanna Deerchild.
“But if we make a concerted effort … then eventually we will be able, some day, to wake up and, to our surprise, find that we are treating each other in a way that was intended when contact was first made.”