Sculpting New Reads is the annual installation art program at The Word On The Street Toronto - Canada's biggest book and magazine festival.
Four contemporary artists have been paired with four Canadian new releases with the challenge to create new works inspired by the themes of their books.
Hamilton-based artist, Sage Paul, has been paired with the book "Seven Fallen Feathers" by Tanya Talaga.
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Sage Paul is an urban Dene woman and a member of the English River First Nation; she makes fashion, costume, and craft. Sage champions family, sovereignty, and resistance for balance. Some of her work has shown at the Royal Ontario Museum, Harbourfront Centr,e and Woodland Cultural Centre. She is the co-founder of the Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator and is working on two fashion-based projects: Giving Life and The Mint Sweater Project.
Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. An inquest was called for and four recommendations were made to ensure the safety of indigenous students. None of those recommendations were applied.
More than a quarter of a century later, from 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home because there was no high school on their reserves. Jordan Wabasse, Kyle Morrisseau, Curran Strang, Reggie Bush, and Jethro Anderson were found dead in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior, below a sacred Indigenous site. Robyn Harper died in her boarding-house hallway and Paul Panacheese inexplicably collapsed on his kitchen floor. But it was the death of twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack that foreshadowed the loss of the seven.
Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.