For those who cannot speak

The belt, made out of thousands of beads, leads us not only to admire the complexity of its hand-made work but also prompts us to enter into a contemplative state. The title For those who cannot speak: the land, the water, the animals and the future generations is inspired by a declaration read by Algonquin kokoms (grandmothers) on Parliament Hill on 11 January 2013. Like the movement Idle No More, the kokoms demanded greater respect for Aboriginal peoples. At the end of the text, they said they were making these demands on behalf of those who cannot speak, namely the earth, water, animals and future generations.