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Built on Genocide

Built on Genocide

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September 22, 2021 October 24, 2021 EDT

Online Premiere, October 13 at 7:40 pm


235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8 Canada
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Built on Genocide is a reckoning, a call to action, and an unflinching look at the colonial foundations of Canada that remain intact today. Created by Indigenous artist Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (Deshkaan Ziibing Anishinaabeg), Built on Genocide is a powerful visual record of the 19th-century buffalo genocide that accompanied John A. MacDonald’s colonial expansion west with the railroad. In the mid-19th century, an estimated 30 to 60 million buffalo roamed the prairies, by the late 1880s, fewer than 300 remained. As the buffalo were slaughtered and the prairie ecosystem decimated, Indigenous peoples were robbed of their foods, lands, and cultures. The buffalo genocide became a genocide of the people.

Working from archival records, Soule combines installation and paintings to connect the past with the present, demanding the uncomfortable acknowledgement that Canada is a nation built on genocide.

Built on Genocide Poster Series

I Am poster from Built on Genocide by Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR
I AM, poster by Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR
Precious Resource (Image #8) Click through to find audio descriptions.
Precious Resource, poster by Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR
Luminato 2021 Built on Genocide ASL Description

Event Supporters

Presented by:
Generously Supported by:Larry and Judy Tanenbaum and Family
With Generous Assistance from:
In association with:Harbourfront Centre

The work of Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR

How Much is that Indian in the Window by Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR

Part of Built on Genocide at Harbourfront Centre

Photo by Cassandra Popescu

Installation by Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR at Harbourfront Centre representing the 19th century buffalo genocide

Photo by Cassandra Popescu

A photo of Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR's art installation depicting a mound of buffalo skulls at Harbourfront Centre.

Artwork by Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR as part of Built on Genocide at Harbourfront Centre

Photo by Cassandra Popescu

Close-up photo of Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR’s Built on Genocide installation at Harbourfront Centre

Photo by Cassandra Popescu

Is Canada built on genocide? Learn about Canada’s real history in the series below.

Built on Genocide Creative Team

Denise Bolduc, Creative Director/Curator
Candace Wilde, Producer
Kim Purtell, Producer
Meg MacKay, Associate Producer
Duncan Macmillan, Production Manager
Jalen Innis, Associate Production Manager
Jon Elliott, Filmmaker, Digital Presentation
Mnawaate Gordon-Corbiere, Blog Writer

Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR, Artist
Leslie McCue – CHIPPEWAR,  Producer



Kyle Deleary
Malqalm Peters
Susana  Vilchez
Sean Payne
Andrew Hill
Curtis Chmielewski
Alex Wilson
Jen Roomes
Melissa K. Nicoll
Tim Hill
Jaan Poldaas

CHIPPEWAR Volunteers

Jenn Liles
Ronan Gibney
Matthew Ellis
Morgan Ellis
Wes Prat
Ron Peters
Jenny Blackbird
Sabrina Bully
Erika Williams
Brandon Jacko
Ozawamukwaikwe Secord
Cheryl Trudeau

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