Teresa Walker, Heart Beat of the Water People, 2016, mixed media
As Syilx People when we speak of health or healthy relationships, we speak of our connection to our tmxʷulaxʷ (land) and our timixʷ (Four Food Chiefs). Without our sacred connection to the land, the animals, and waters, we could not live in a healthy existence. Siwɬkʷ (Water) as it is known to the Syilx People, is our relative, and as such is carried as a sacred entity. Water is the most sacred of medicines; it nourishes, purifies, and heals. All of life requires water, but as it has now become a commodity, the respect for water has been lost among western society. As water sheds and supplies have become clear cut, mined, allocated or polluted for industrial endeavors, it is evident that the corporate relationship with water is one of exploitation. We are in a time where the mismanagement of our most important resource has now gone beyond the realm of a First Nations concern, and has grown into a global concern.
Within this exhibition we reflect on the sacredness of Siwɬkʷ, we acknowledge and honour our relationship with Siwɬkʷ. We delve into the deep relationship with that which gives us all life. We share traditional conversations with you in hopes of awakening the rivers within.
“For generations, the relationship between the First Nations People and the rest of Canada has been damaged. Can water be the common ground that begins to reconcile this relationship? …Begin the dialogue.”
Join us for the opening reception of WATER: The Sacred Relationship, lean, stumble, spill, sway, fold, Rivers and Roads to Find you, and Third Drawer Down on Thursday January 12, 2017 at the gallery from 6 p.m-8 p.m. Enjoy an evening of art, music, appies, beer, wine, and punch.