Unsettled Objects (The Alchemy of Dispossession and Display)

Read my commissioned essay for The Power Plant here. It is a response to artworks by Raymond Boisjoly and Abbas Akhavan included in Tools for Conviviality (Summer 2012 group show curated by Melanie O’Brian. I remain grateful for the opportunity to write about cedar, and for an occasion to incorporate some of my recent thought… Continue reading Unsettled Objects (The Alchemy of Dispossession and Display)

Indigenous States

Watershed of the St. Lawrence Seaway, showing all First Nations communities. The majority of Indigenous people in this region live in cities, but it is also home to over 100 extra-urban First Nations communities. Indigenous people—First Nations, Inuit and Métis— make up Canada’s fastest-growing demographic. How do you describe where you live? Respond by email… Continue reading Indigenous States

Carceral States

Lake Ontario drainage basin, showing all correctional facilities. As elsewhere in Canada, there is an over-representation of Indigenous people in the Ontario criminal justice system; 9% of the prison population compared to 1.7% of the overall population (2001 data). Sources: www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca; www.csc-scc.gc.ca; J. Rudin, “Aboriginal Peoples and the Criminal Justice System,” (2005). Gina Badger, Temagami Crescent (2012).… Continue reading Carceral States

Myth of the Disappearing Natives

Upper Canada Treaties Area 2 (1764–1862) showing density of indigenous Carolinian flora and fauna, which cannot be found elsewhere in the country. Perched on Lake Ontario’s north shore, Mississauga is at the eastern limit of this treaty area. Sources: www.carolinian.org; nativemaps.org Gina Badger, Temagami Crescent (2012). Contact: temagami.crescent [AT] gmail [DOT] com –– This work by Gina… Continue reading Myth of the Disappearing Natives

Naturalizing Settlement

Residential properties and flora of Temagami Crescent, Mississauga. The street’s name comes from Temagami First Nation, located on Bear Island in lake Temagami, near Sudbury. Mississauga itself is named after the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Sources: www.temagamifirstnation.ca; F. Sanderson and H. Howard-Bobiwash, The Meeting Place (1997). Gina Badger, Temagami Crescent (2012). Contact: temagami.crescent [AT] gmail… Continue reading Naturalizing Settlement

Temagami Crescent

On April 23–29, 2012, I will be presenting new work in the context of Door to Door, Christof Migone’s curatorial project for the Blackwood Gallery (University of Toronto, Mississaga). My project, Temagami Crescent, is the result of several months concerted thought and discussion on the form and practice of territorial acknowledgements. It is a project that… Continue reading Temagami Crescent