Tracey-Mae Chambers: #hopeandhealingcanada

Pickering Museum Village

Photo from Stouffville Museum-school room, credit to Tracey-Mae Chambers

Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 9 am to 4 pm EDT
The installation will remain on site until December 30, 2022
Pickering Museum Village, Puterbaugh Schoolhouse

The City of Pickering and Pickering Museum Village are pleased to announce Tracey-Mae Chambers, Métis artist and a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, will install her work #hopeandhealingcanada at the Pickering Museum Village, Puterbaugh Schoolhouse on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 9 am to 4 pm EDT.

The red string installation will remain on site for 3 months. During the installation, Tracey-Mae will engage with patrons through an Artist Talk and Q&A.

Admission to the Puterbaugh Schoolhouse is free and all are welcome.

Photo from Stouffville Museum-school room, credit to Tracey-Mae Chambers

About the Artist:
Tracey-Mae Chambers is a Métis artist and a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Her family is from the traditional Métis community in Sault Ste. Marie and Penetanguishene, Ontario. She is currently based in Beamsville, ON.

About the installation:

Since July 2021, I have been building site-specific art installations across Ontario, at residential school historical sites, cultural centers, museums, art galleries and other public spaces. Many (but not all) of these public spaces serve to present a colonial viewpoint and primarily speak about the settlers who arrived and lived here, but not the Indigenous people that were displaced along the way.

The installations are constructed with red acrylic yarn, which is strong and resilient. The string represents the connectivity between each other and our environment, as it will also not last forever.

Red is the color of blood. Red is the slur against Indigenous people. Red is the color of passion and anger, danger and power, courage and love.

The goal of #hopeandhealingcanada is to broach the subject of decolonization and reconciliation. These discussions are hard to start and harder still to maintain. Thorough her work, Tracey-Mae is hoping to bridge the gap between settlers and Indigenous, Métis, and Inuit people by creating art that is approachable and non-confrontational, so we can start.
– Tracey-Mae Chambers

About Pickering Museum Village:
Nestled on the banks of Duffins Creek, Pickering Museum Village is the largest open air museum in Durham Region. It consists of 19 heritage buildings, gardens, and orchards. Pickering Museum Village is a community hub where people come together to learn, share stories, and build relationships through progressive, fun, and vibrant experiences.
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Getting there:
Pickering Museum Village is located on the south side of Hwy #7 between Brock Road and Westney Road.

2365 6th Concession Road, Greenwood, ON L0H 1H0
Main Entrance GPS Coordinates: N43.9265365 W79.0716552

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The City of Pickering resides on land within the Treaty and traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Williams Treaties signatories of the Mississauga and Chippewa Nations.

Although most of the buildings are wheelchair accessible, the village grounds are uneven and do not have sidewalks. Please notify a staff member of your accessibility concerns when booking so that we can make the necessary arrangements to accommodate you.

For more information on the City of Pickering’s public art program, please visit

Contact Information:
Stoyan Barakov (he/him/his)
Coordinator, Public Art | Cultural Services
Community Services Department
905.420.4660 ext. 1097 | 289.200.7829

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