My name is Mahsa Shahbazinia. I am an immigrant to Canada. I was born and raised in Tehran and I come from a Turkish family.
The Strength and Remembrance Pole Raising was created by Jody Broomfield and was installed in Central Lonsdale on October 25th, 2019. This statue commemorates the missing and murdered Indigenous women, women who experienced violence and the fourteen women killed in the Montreal massacre. This statue is located in a proper place, right next to the police station. It seems to me this sculpture is a sign that the police must or will always be by the side of the people.
I chose this artwork because it was made and installed to show the oppression of minority women. I strongly believe that equal rights are the right of all human beings.
This sculpture is a reminder of the painful and cruel tragedy that befell and continues to be perpetrated against some Indigenous people in Canada, as a legacy of colonization. Throughout history, until today, there has been violence in some ways against some people.
One day, Indigenous people are oppressed, and the next day, maybe another group. This means that individuals consider their group, society, beliefs, skin color, appearance, country, or religion superior to others, and that becomes grounds for discrimination