VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – For indigenous communities, art can often speak louder than words.
At the Museum of Vancouver, the ‘Acts of Resistance’ exhibit has been up, showcasing art by Indigenous artists.
It comes at a time of divide between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and Coastal GasLink.
Brandon Gabriel is a Kwantlen First Nation artist, he says the recent protests and blockades are a result of Indigenous communities attempting to send a message.
“At the heart of all these protests that we’re seeing, particularly here in British Columbia is that there’s an assertion of an ancient form of governance that is also at the forefront of all this as well,” he says. “And to uphold that Indigenous communities are engaging, bringing their culture, their spirituality, their assertions of culture and their identities and it’s all imbued and all intertwined in these efforts, and in these actions that are across the country.”
The Acts of Resistance exhibit showcases artwork from seven indigenous activists.
Part of the exhibit includes the massive 40 foot long banners that hung from the ironworkers Memorial Bridge in July 2018 when Green Peace protested the now approved Trans Mountain expansion project