In response to CHAPTER 4: Colonization as Gendered Oppression in Reclaiming Power and Place, the final report from the federal commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Audio Directed by Cole Alvis

Starring Renaltta Arluk, Tara Beagan and Michaela Washburn

Sound Design and Composition by Olivia Shortt and Cosette Pin

Multimedia Interpretations by Kaylyn and Kassiday Bernard of Patuo’kn

“Believe in Me” is composed by Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone, Aaron Lightstone, Justin Gray, David R. Maracle and Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuck. The Room 217 Foundation is the owner of the Master recording.

“When Donna-Michelle told me I was using Chapter 4, Colonization as Gendered Oppression, as a jumping off point for Embodying, I had to sit and think a long time. We all know the cost of colonization, but to have to drill down, to recognize that colonization was even more oppressive for women … I wondered how to deal with the knowledge without performing our trauma. How could I make this chapter into a way of healing? In the end, it is the art – the dance, the song – the resilience of women – the three women in the room who may have been driven there by the forces of colonization – in this case one of them uses the metaphor of the caribou fence – and the empowering of those women to make to choice to keep going, to be visible, and to be heard.” Yvette Nolan

Content warning: this piece includes references to violence, sexual violence and family separation