Indian Act

Indian Act, 2000–03. Nadia Myre (Algonquin), b. 1974. Glass beads, Stroud cloth, acid-free paper, and masking tape (pages 7, 20, 26, 27, and 28 of a 56-page work). Museum purchase, 2010 (26/7723).

After Myre printed a copy of Canada’s Indian Act, the law governing the lives of First Nations peoples, she enlisted over 200 friends and strangers to assist her in beading over the 56 pages in rows of red and white, obscuring and neutralizing the text of this controversial and widely debated law.

Nadia Myre (Algonquin, b. 1974) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores themes of desire, identity, and language. Her work has been shown at the Heard Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and has been collected by the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, the National Gallery of Canada, and other institutions.

Myre founded the Scar Project, an ongoing “open lab” where viewers participate by sewing their scars—whether real or symbolic—onto stretched canvases and writing their stories on paper. Since the project began in 2004, she has collected hundreds of canvases and stories.

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