June 1 to Fall 2023

#hopeandhealingcanada is a site-specific art installation by Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers.

Tracey-Mae Chambers Artist Statement:

Since July 2021, I have created over 100 installations at residential school historical sites, museums, art galleries and other public spaces. Many of these spaces serve to present a colonial viewpoint and primarily speak about the settlers who arrived and lived here, but not the Indigenous people that were displaced along the way. The installations are constructed with red wool, silk, cotton yarn.

Red is the colour of blood. Red is the slur against Indigenous people. Red is the colour of passion and anger, danger and power, courage and love.

I am hoping to bridge the gap between settlers and Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit people by creating art that is approachable and non-confrontational and starting a conversation about decolonization and reconciliation.

Tracey Mae

Tracey-Mae Chambers, #hopeandhealingcanada, 2023