June 21 - August 31
Location: 157 King St. W, Kitchener
Land Back Camp: Our Voices is a series of photos that spotlights the Two Spirit IndigiQueer folx and queer settlers of O:se Kenhionhata:tie, also known as Land Back Camp. The camp began in late June 2020 with only a teepee and two tents beside a playground in Kitchener’s Victoria Park, and later moved to Waterloo Park in Waterloo in October 2020. Its original intent was to temporarily “occupy” a space in the park – an area which had for centuries been a gathering place for Chonnonton, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Huron Nations under the Dish With One Spoon Wampum. Land Back Camp continues today and are reclaiming space in Laurel Creek Conservation Area.
Shawn Johnston is a co-founder/ co-organizer of O:se Kenhionhata:tie, also known as Land Back Camp. They are a Two Spirit Anishinaabe originally from Couchiching First Nation and are an award-winning photographer.
Image: Shawn Johnston, Land Back Camp: Our Voices (2021), Installation view: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area (CAFKA), 2021. Photo: Conan Stark.
CAFKA would like to recognize the in kind contribution of Westmount Signs as well as our community site partner, CMG Entertainment