By Andrea Gunn, Editor
When I first started contemplating our cover image for this issue, I had an idea of what I wanted: a piece of contemporary art that was beautiful and complex, personal and provocative. I wanted something that would help convey the many facets of the Indigenous experience in Canada.
And then I found it, in the collection of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
Our cover image is niya nêhiyaw (I am all Cree) by Gerald McMaster, OC. Even before I understood the stories in the painting, this work grabbed my attention. When I learned what its images portrayed, I loved it even more. The painting tells Dr. McMaster’s life story, from right to left:
My thanks go out to Dr. McMaster for his permission to reproduce this wonderful painting to illustrate our cover story on the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force.