Shalak Attack: "The title of this image is 'Mending'. She's mending a heart that has a rip in it. There's light coming out of the heart too. She's mending the broken heart but there's still hope because out of the heart comes the light."
"She's representing a unity of First Nations, First Peoples of the Americas- from the very South to the very North. We utilized the patterns on her poncho to illustrate the different cultures and communities from here going all the way South. She also has muskox on her hat, which Vineyard Church says was a big inspiration for them. The muskox circle their young and protect them when wolves and other predators come and target the weaker ones. They are circling her hat like a crown for protection."
"There is also the vamps, the two circular objects on her chest piece at the front of the poncho above the pinecone. The vamps are being used as symbols for the missing and murdered Indigenous Women across Canada. This corner in the city is widely known as one of the worst for this. We felt it was important to symbolize this and recognize its reality; and that we have to start talking about it and be aware; even though some people might be uncomfortable about it."
"She has her poncho on, and underneath where her body is supposed to be she turns to sky and landscape. It's also a way to honour Mother Nature. The prairies and the grasslands are also in there. She's healing the broken heart but she's also positive about it."