Rooster Rock - The Story of
In 1953 uranium was discovered in the Laurentian Shield, 30 miles north of the Serpent River First Nations Reserve, in the middle of Alec Meawasige's trapline and in the heart of a sacred mountain. Based upon drawings by Bonnie Devine and inspired by the experiences of her uncle, Art Meawasige, Rooster Rock tells the story of a northern Ontario community's introduction to the nuclear age.
Untitled concerns the mechanisms of oppression of Canada's Aboriginal people and the effects of colonialism both past and present. Rich in symbol and metaphor, the work addresses the destruction and grief wrought by the imposition of Euro-Canadian values, customs and systems upon the First Nations of North America.
This satirical video looks at the history of agreements and promises made by the "Crown" to the Ojibway people of Lake Superior and Lake Huron. A revised and revealing assessment of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850.
A Nation is Coming
A Nation is Coming draws upon various Native prophecies to reflect on how technology, "advancement," and disease have changed both the land and the lives of those who lived here. Against images of fire, viruses and the bleakness of modern civilization, a Ghost Dancer is resurrected: a symbol of the ill-fated Lakota prophecy that promised the restoration of the vanishing buffalo herds and the traditional way of life.
A series of short, experimental videos around the treaty and claim processes in British Columbia. Produced by the First Nations Video Collective, including work by Tony Melting Tallow, Thirza Jean Cuthand, Adele Kruger, Michelle McKeough, Michelle Sylliboy, Charlotte Wuttke, San Dee Doxtador, Stephanie Llewellyn, and Allan Hopkins.
Steven Loft (Jewish/Mohawk) is a curator, writer and media artist. Currently the Director of the Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg, Loft has also been First Nations Curator in Residence at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Artistic Director of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers' Association.