New photo exhibit captures discrimination, resistance

palestine-01KINGSTON – The struggles of indigenous peoples is presented through a photo exhibit coming to Queen’s University this fall.

“Dispossessed but Defiant” is an international exhibition of over 120 photos highlighting the struggles of indigenous peoples for human rights, Canada, Palestine and apartheid South Africa. Spanning almost 150 years, the images capture loss of land, expulsion from canada-03traditional lands, military occupation, destruction of homes and communities, restrictions on movement and residency, detention and imprisonment, cultural dispossession, discriminatory educational policies, pressures to assimilate, barriers to integration and the criminalization of peaceful resistance.The exhibit aims to educate and open Canadians’ eyes to the agony of dispossession, and to the resilience of indigenous peoples in the face of oppression.south-africa-02The Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East Foundation (CJPME) offers this exhibition with the conviction that art can awaken awareness of our common humanity, and enable us to envision a brighter future despite the bleakness of the past.

The exhibit is supported locally by Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives at Queen’s, Four Directions (Aboriginal Student Centre), ACSA (African and Caribbean Students’ Association), QUMSA (Queen’s University Muslim Students’ Association), QUIC (Queen’s University International Centre), ISK (Islamic Society of Kingston), and PeaceQuest.