Mariel Belanger performs against projectionMariel Belanger performs “(Il)legal Let us Cry.” Image by Red Works Photography.

Putting reconciliation into practice aim of arts project

A pop-up art show and performance this week in the Ron W. Ianni Faculty of Law Building celebrates Indigenous law through creative expression.

Organizers of Testify: Indigenous Laws + the Arts hope to put the idea of reconciliation into practice by creating a space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous which respects and reflects the diversity, strength, and hope embodied in Indigenous traditions.

The public will have a chance to meet participating artists in the Moot Court at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 12, with an opening reception starting at 6:30 p.m.

A celebration at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 13, will feature:

  • a reading of Boundary Bay by Justin Neal in collaboration with Sarah Morales;
  • a performance of (Il)legal Let us Cry by Mariel Belanger in collaboration with Greg Younging; and
  • dialogue with the artists, including: Nadya Kwandibens, Jeffery Hewitt, Louise Mandell, Shain Jackson, Halie Bruce, Ardith Walkem, Pamela Shields, Jade Baxter, Maxine Matilpi, Georgia Lloyd-Smith, and Gwaii Edenshaw.

Learn more about the project at