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James Simon Mishibinijima: Indian Residential School Paintings

April 1, 2023May 28, 2023

From Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Ojibwe artist James Simon Mishibinijima’s series of paintings tell – and illustrate – his mother’s stories as she gave them to him. They recount her experiences when, as a young Ojibwe woman, she was forced to attend the Spanish Indian Residential School situated on the northern banks of Georgian Bay. By giving her stories to her son, she encouraged him to paint them. By sharing such shocking details from her life as a young adult, it was her hope that the truths of “what happened” would live on into the future, beyond her own life. 

Organized by the artist and presented by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.