The treaty is in the body, 2017
Installation view, This moment an endurance to the end forever. Tanya Lukin Linklater with Sassa Linklater and Tobi Linklater. Trinity Square Video and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Photo: Yuula Benivolski. 2020.
This moment an endurance to the end forever is an exhibition shaped in the living room of Tanya Lukin Linklater: an ever-shifting space that has witnessed gatherings of Omaskeko Cree families of North Bay, performances by Indigenous women, and now acts as a shared studio space for the artist and her two children. As a site for the transmission of Indigenous knowledge, this space holds a history of making work with children and sharing Indigenous knowledge of treaties through their connections to land, ancestors, and future generations.
Together, the works in This moment an endurance to the end forever gesture towards Indigenous learning and embodied practices in relation. The floral patterns of kohkom scarves and nautical knots of Alutiiq fishing customs frame Lukin Linklater’s video work and new digital commissions by Sassa and Tobias Linklater, continuing a multigenerational discussion of what treaties mean for family, and building agency witin these histories for future inheritors.