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The latest piece by the indigenous artist presented on the Toronto Stock Exchange

Kathryn Corbiere of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Ontario, will have another piece of her artwork on display in a high-traffic area.

The emerging indigenous artist was commissioned to make a metal sculpture for the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

The big piece was unveiled on Tuesday, on the occasion of the National Day of Indigenous Peoples.

Corbiere said it was earlier this year when a mutual friend passed her name on to the TMX group, which owns the TSX.

They commissioned her to create an indigenous recognition piece for their main entrance inside their office building on Adelaide Street on Bay Street in Toronto.

“Large organizations and companies like TMX and TSX are willing to do this recognition and to really move forward with Truth and Reconciliation and take these steps,” said Corbiere.

“It’s finally happening, especially an organization that has been just like an old kids’ club for so many years; to see this happen and have my work as an indigenous artist here, it’s really special.”

The stainless steel sculpture is 3.3 meters high. Corbiere said it represents a piece of harvested birch bark.

“It’s actually very different from most of most of my things. So it’s like a great abstract work of art.”

He said he wants the piece to tell the story of Canada’s trading history between indigenous peoples and settlers, and “how it all started with the canoe and how important birch bark was.”

Corbiere brought the artwork to Toronto on Saturday.

“It was actually quite a fun installation,” he explained that the crane company crane he hired wasn’t working.

“So I had eight strong guys in place who lifted this stone base that weighed 1,300 pounds,” he said, adding that they all worked together and it got assembled.

Last month, Corbiere’s metal sculpture of a red dress was placed in front of the N’Swakomok Native Friendship Center on busy Elm Street in Greater Sudbury. This was supposed to celebrate Red Dress Day on May 5th.

“I define myself as an emerging artist”.

“It’s just exciting to be a part of projects like this TMX, with indigenous inclusion and Truth and Reconciliation projects along the way.”

Corbiere’s next sculpture is destined for the entrance to the Henvey Inlet wind farm on Highway 69. He said the unveiling will take place in July.

“It’s been a very busy year,” he said.

“You know I only started doing fabrication work, but having this freedom to express my artistic side is allowing me to grow. So you know I’m excited to see where it ends from here.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory said National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates the diverse heritage, cultures and traditions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

“Today, we also reaffirm our commitment to promoting truth, justice and reconciliation, as well as working with indigenous community members and leaders to ensure Toronto is a place where indigenous peoples can thrive,” he said.

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