Below: watch a film of Christi talking about her mural "My Heart is Beautiful" (film appears courtesy of Shane Belcourt)
Water Song (with detail view)
12'9" x 6'8"
Collection of the National Gallery of Canada
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GINAAGIIMENAANING (Looking Ahead)
On June 11, the Government of Canada announced that my design was selected to be rendered into stained glass and installed in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill. The design is in honour of residential school students and their families. The story begins in the bottom left corner of the glass, with your eye moving upwards in the left panel to the top window, and flowing down the right window to the bottom right corner. The glass design tells a story. It is a story of Aboriginal people, with our ceremonies, languages, and cultural knowledge intact; through the darkness of the residential school era; to an awakening sounded by a drum; an apology that spoke to the heart; hope for reconciliation; transformation and healing through dance, ceremony, language; and resilience into the present day. "Giniigaaniimenaaning" translated into English means, "Looking Ahead". The title is in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) and includes, within the deeper meaning of the word, the idea that everyone is included and we are all looking ahead for the ones unborn."