Doug Smarch Jr.
I'd like to acknowledge all the young people moving forward in their lives and communities that hold space for their ancestors(past, present and future), lands and relations. The work I made was for them; to see through and imagine themselves in. I'd like to recognize all the frustration that they will put in to building themselves into being knowledgeable and resilient enough to hold their space against those who believe they know 'better'.
I'd like to thank;
All the First Nation representatives, those named and those that weren't. You sat and sit at the tables unwelcoming and severe for the betterment of us all.
All the artists and supporting hands represented in this show, there is always much more work happening than what's shown.
In particular, where the physical making of my work relates, there are many individuals and groups to thank which I will always fall short of acknowledging, however incomplete, my thanks goes to Valerie Salez for carrying the idea of the exhibition, Yukon Arts Centre for backing the idea and artists and communities involved.
As well, thank you to the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in for preserving the document we responded to, about which your lands and self determination are concerned. To a larger extent, I thank all the work each Yukon First Nation members and representatives who've held space for creating a better idea of colonial land negotiations.
Sub-recognition to Pierre Trudeau for being a prick, but ultimately not powering a pipeline through the homeland of Yukon First Nations territories in the name of business and good 'diplomatic relations'.