Ruth Cuthand - Living Post-Oka Kind of Woman Series

Well in the Post-Oka Kind of Woman series…it opens with…the first panel is the little doll and it’s called Don’t negotiate, assimilate. And that was because every time Indians come up in the news or there’s some kind of issues, Native issues, they’re always like “Why can’t you people assimilate?” What’s wrong with you people?” So I sort of wanted to address assimilation but in a really sort of tongue-in-cheek and sort of twisted a little. And so she has stitches across her forehead which is her frontal lobotomy and then she has her little stuffing that’s sort of hanging down from her chest. And there’s the text on the side talks about…after my heart was ripped out, the frontal lobotomy made me feel much better, and I’m going to follow the Canadian dream, might learn to golf, which is sort of a reference to the golf course that the Oka…the land claim was over the golf course. So I wanted to sort of talk about assimilation. People are always talking like…"assimilation why can’t you be like us?" And you know we live in houses and we wear clothes and we all watch TV and we’re pretty much similar, but the thing that’s keeping us apart is racism basically. And so when people say "Why you can’t assimilate, why can’t you be like us?" they really want us to be white and we can’t be white. And so it really comes down to…racism is what’s separating us and that’s really what I wanted to talk about. I realized looking back over my work that a lot of it has to do with identity and racism, which has basically been my life, trying to figure out who I am and things like that.

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