Otahpiaaki is a Gesture And Expression Of Reconciliation

The project was inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and their 94 Calls to Action to advance the process of reconciliation and redress the legacy of residential schools.

We thank Spirit River L. Striped Wolf for naming this project in 2016 when it was founded, and for sharing and leading our vision that the work of reconciliation is for neighbors.

This is about Indigenous artists becoming economic leaders in Canadian Society. This is about Indigenous artists becoming their own and owning what’s theirs. This is about activism and reconciliation.
— Spirit River Striped Wolf (Piikani Nation)

We also acknowledge with gratitude our Elders Jeannie Smith Davis and Roy Bear Chief and honour Justice Murray Sinclair, Dr. Marie Wilson, Chief Wilton Littlechild from the TRC We are humbled by those impacted by residential schools and their legacy who gave testimony and who continue to share the truth of the legacies of colonization and oppression in Canada and their healing journeys.