The Origins of See Me

Learn what sparked the push to continue the conversation about the
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls across Canada
and the legacy of the Residential Schools.

WHAT

See Me Too

See Me

Art Exhibitions

WHEN

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tuesday, May 12, 2015





Two successful art shows helped bring about the creation of the
exhibit at Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services.

Atlohsa hosted See Me Too, the sequel to the incredibly successful 2015 art show featuring Sean Couchie and Adam Giroux
at their Richmond St. location to raise awareness and support for combating the epidemic of violence against women and children in Indigenous Communities. The one-night event, which also featured emerging artist Tehatsistahawi Kennedy, brought together heads of agencies, institutions and prominent community members to address the ongoing national discussion of MMIW.

The event offered the finest in artwork, featuring the original artists of See Me. Additionally, over 2000 gold birds representing MMIW were put on display. The hundreds in attendance at See Me Too had the opportunity to tour of Atlohsa, purchase art, or add a gold bird to the display for a donation.

The event came on the heels of the success of the May 2015 See Me exhibition, in which a group of passionate individuals came together to create an art installation in an effort to draw awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIW) across Canada. See Me attracted hundreds of people over the course of its two-week run at The Arts Project, raising not only awareness for this tragic Canadian issue, but also crucial funding for the Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services.


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ABOUT SEE ME:

  • May 2015

    A small group of people stood up together to bring See Me to life. The art installation draws our guests into a world of spirituality, hope and pain, but more importantly to bring awareness to the thousands of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls across Canada. These women are no longer able to walk this path, so we will walk it for them and bring their names into the light. Will you finally See Me if I am no longer just a statistic?

  • Gold Birds

    Inspired by Sean Couchie’s piece Broken Circle, members of the London community joined together to make over 2000 gold birds and listen to the stories of what it is like being an Indigenous woman in Ontario. What we collectively and quickly understood is, this is not an Indigenous Issue but a Canadian Issue.


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The goal of See Me Too was to bring awareness to the thousands of
missing and murdered aboriginal women through art and memories.

The Artists

Tehatsistahawi Kennedy

Tsista is Turtle Clan from the Onieda Nation. He grew up in Waterloo and recently moved to London. He is only 15 and See Me Too is his first art show.

Sean Couchie

Sean Couchie is a member of the Nipissing Band of Ojibways and makes his home in London, Ontario. A graduate of Fanshawe College, he creates highly detailed works, incorporating different media and techniques such as oils, acrylics, pen and ink, scratchboard and wood burning.

Adam Giroux

A self-taught artist born in Windsor, Ontario, Adam Giroux currently lives and works in London. His work has been focused on haunting portraits rendered in oil, and he experiments with the object itself as a sculptural element.









Founding Committee

Liz Akiwenskie
Tamara Bernard
Sean Couchie
Tania DeJonge
Sarah Jane Emms
Mandi Fields
Adam Giroux
Robert Nonomura
Stephanie Soloranzo

2016 Contributors

Sabrine Elejel
Serena Quinn
Jessie Randall
Marika Tselonis
Sydney Van Kerrebroeck

CTV

Amanda Taccone
Justin Pereira
Tom Green
Nick Paparella
Tara Overholt
Tania Dejonge
Mandi Fields
Laurence Simner

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