Nikolaos Kolios

The Woods Edge intends to draw attention to colonisation, for the colonisers, its long in the past, but for the colonised its something they live with every day. Focusing on the First Nations reserve of Kanesatake I attempt to connect with the lands that have historically been used by the Mohawk by highlighting the utilisation and spirituality of the space as well as the division of the land, which also relates to the division of the people that live there.

References from legislation such as the Indian Act of Canada emphasise the relationship of the land from the point of view of coloniser to present two contrasting viewpoints. Although this seemingly peaceful and tranquil place appears to be calm the issues exist as a direct result of colonisation and a constant struggle exists to regain a level of respect and sovereignty for all indigenous peoples across Canada.

niko.kolios@mac.com

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