Saturday, December 16, 2006

First Nations Apology

Along with my abstract work, I want to do meaningful verbal work. An idea that has been in the back of my mind is to create a calligraphic piece which apologizes to First Nations for our treatment of them in the past. In conversation, almost any Canadian will agree the history is tragic, and our treatment of First Nations is shameful. But has it ever been written?

I thought if I googled “First Nations Apology”, I would find that many had been written by individuals and organizations. I was wrong. I found Doug Stelling’s apology, and one from the United Church. Two. There may be more I haven't seen... but...

Have we, as a nation, as individuals, failed to apologize for the most obvious error in our past and the pain it has caused?

If anyone out there knows of other public apologies, please let me know. I would love to create a work of art based on a poem or writing which expresses our recognition of wrongs done, and asks forgiveness.

In the meantime, I will write my own, but would love input from others...

1 comment:

Alice Young said...

Recently, since I linked to it, Doug Stelling's apology has been taken down from the Electra Gold website. Curious.