Vol 6, No 3 (2017)

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15353/cjds.v6i3


Cover Page

The cover image is a detail of the bottom right section of a classroom blackboard on which there appears white chalk writing and drawing. the board captures the survivors brainstorming, their desired protests and creative actions during a Recounting Huronia workshop, October 22, 2015, in VARI 1156.

In the top left corner are drawings of three placards; in the first there is a question: “what happened to the babies;” the second reads: “we remember the violence;” and the third informs the reader: “we had to wash the dead”

Under these placards are the words “MACH (sic) SPEECHES” and an arrow that points to an oval enclosing the words: “QUEENS PARK”

Stretching from the lower left corner to the middle of the board is: “BAN THE R-WORD;” below which are alternate reclaimed “r” words: “RECOVERY, RELIVING, REMEMBER US, REACH OUT, RESPECT, REAL, RECOUNTING.”

Above the “r” words, in the lower middle half of the board, another placard is drawn with the words: “we were the worker bees – meal ticket”

In the centre of the board is a drawing of an imagined banner drop from a highway overpass. the banner reads “WE ARE THE SURVIVORS.” below is a note: “WE ARE HURTING, THIS IS HOW THEY LEFT US – THIS IS WHAT ANGER LOOKS LIKE.” From there an arrow points to “WORLD WIDE – The Media – Internet.”

Across the top and down the right side of the board are the words: “walls can talk,” “the ghosts are walking,” “we suffered in HURONIA,” “TEAR IT DOWN!” “THIS IS NOT OUR HOME – THIS IS OUR NIGHTMARE.

The reader can see the bottom ledge of the board; to the extreme right and perpendicular to the frame is a wooden red, white and black felt, blackboard eraser. ­