“Having the opportunity of attending and photographing the Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival, supported by The Consulate General of Canada, was an absolutely privilege that I am very grateful for, and an experience I’ll never forget.
It was great to be around Indigenous peoples from around the world. Having a understanding of other colonial nations makes it easier to identify and bond with each other. Many of us think our experiences are unique, but meeting others and realizing we are not alone can be a big realistion. It’s empowering to recognise that there are others who understand our histories and experiences, and can provide support to each other in moving forward. I think that is one of the great things about this festival; it creates bonds between Indigenous peoples from all over the world.
I am strong believer in Indigenous peoples controlling how we are represented. We have not always had the ability or access to control how we were represented to non-Indigenous audiences, which is why, as an Anishnaabe photographer, I believe it is important for our own people to be documenting our events, peoples and cultures. Having the Consulate General of Canada support me in capturing this festival, is a great example of how change is happening.”
- John Paillé
John Paillé attended the Gulf Country Frontier Days Festival with the support of the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney. You can read a full report on the festival HERE.