From the First Colonizing Nations to the First Nations Colonized
The Canadian Pavilion resembles a hut with a tree growing through the middle, dwarfed between the imposing neo-classical structures of three of the most powerful countries in the world: Britain, France, and Germany. This positioning metaphorically suggests Canada will always be subject to its colonial past.
In 1958 the Italian government granted Canada the land and built the pavilion as part of Italy’s reparations to Canada after WWII. Born from British and French imperialism, Canada continues to impose colonial rule over its First Nations communities. The global “Idle No More” movement initiated by Canadian First Nations leaders, comprising the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples and their non-Aboriginal supporters in Canada, brings to the forefront the devastating impact of Federal and Provincial policies and legislation on Inherent Aboriginal and Treaty rights and the increasingly ghettoized living conditions experienced by many remote Aboriginal communities in Canada.
The infrastructure of Venice is reminiscent of the colonial threesome from which Canada was born. As a national symbol, how does the pavilion’s architecture perpetuate an erasure of Canada’s colonial history and its present oppression of First Nations people?Anonymous