Points of View – National Human Rights Photography Exhibition
Letting Go and Moving Forward
The reconciliation process between Indigenous and non Indigenous people in Canada involves creating dialogue, exchanging stories, expressing the hurt and remorse and reestablishing trust. This reconciliation process often involves the act of forgiveness, which is the act of letting go of but not necessarily condoning the past wrongs or behaviors, and moving forward. The balloon in flight in the picture symbolizes the reconciliation and forgiveness process of letting go, flying away and moving on. The fact that the picture is of a hot air balloon and you can’t see who’s in the basket symbolizes multiple parties letting go and flying up and away together. It’s up to the viewer to decide who is in the basket is it multiple Indigenous bands/tribes letting go and moving on together as a culture or is it Indigenous and non Indigenous people moving on as a country?