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Sydney Pickering

My momma Attsie’s voice from BCTV news series “Blood Ties” when she was searching for my mother after being taken as part of the Sixties Scoop.


i remember
when I didn’t know

there would be glimpses
of the pain you held
we would sit in silence
starring out the window
where would you go

every time we visited
i would leave in pain
like a little flower being plucked from the earth
the water fading
the trees watching

i didn’t know then
stories buried deep
but they would seep
and i weep

droplets of the lake cover my skin
they shimmer in the sun
I look above pqus
k̓alhwá7acw. is that you
I remember
the train going by
little feet in the water laughter
i hold onto the sounds of your laugh your love

i know now
but you are already gone i don’t want to believe it

the water holds me
my body floats above the lake
it hushes me with its cool touch
it takes my sadness and anger into the depths of its body

i push myself beneath its skin
its softness shelters me
ílal it knows

and i am here
i am yours


Award Recipient

  • Vancouver Art Attack Award for Excellence in Visual Arts

Honourable Mention

  • ECU Graduation Award for Anti-Racism + Social Justice – Visual Arts

Sydney Pickering

Sydney Frances Pickering is a member of Lil’wat nation. She is currently living and working on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Her multi-disciplinary practice includes hide tanning, video, sound, beadwork and poetry. She uses her practice to tell her family’s story, speak about identity and what it is like navigating as an Indigenous person within a colonial society. Her work over the past few years is grounded by her continued connection to land-based material practices.
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