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The Métis have survived through incredible odds. Despite direct assimilation attempts; despite the residential school systems; despite the strong influences of the Church in Métis communities to ignore and deny our Aboriginal heritage; despite not having a land base; and despite our diversity in heritage - we are still able to say we are proud to be Métis. We are resilient as a weed, as beautiful as a wildflower. We have much to celebrate and be proud of.
Within the painting the roots are revealed to suggest there is more to life than what is seen on the surface and that our ancestry has great influence we cannot see over our lives. The various plants emerging from single stems are a reference to the interconnection between all living things. The canvas divides into two symmetrical halves, indicating my own desire for inner balance in life. The flowers reach upwards as we seek out our individual spirituality and look to our future as Aboriginal Peoples.