Ayumi Goto

Ayumi Goto

A Ph.D. candidate at Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication Ayumi Goto has been working on reconciliation, redress, and political witnessing for the past several years. As an example of community work, she has worked as an art facilitator at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre developing ongoing relationships between Aboriginal and Asian women. She has also continues to collaborate with Elders, artists and scholars from Aborignal and non-Aboriginal communities following her engagement with the Reconsidering Reconciliation artist residency in Kamloops in the summer of 2013, where over a course of 105 days, Ms Goto ran 1568km around communities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario to recognize and pay homage to the Nishiyuu Journey, where several young Cree men walked from Northern Quebec to Ottawa to raise awareness of Aboriginal issues. She used this opportunity to bring attention to the Idle No More movement, and to reconceptualise the politics of land. Grounded in a constructive performative ethics, Ms Goto’s orientation has attempted to identify some of the oversights of intuitionally sanctioned redress of past injustices. While respectful of the intents of the Canadian TRC, Ms Goto offers a sympathetic critique of the commission, proposing the need for colonial and recent immigrant populations to actively witness the atrocities and legacies of colonial violence. I am sure the committee would agree that these actions and this disposition well reflect the spirit of 2014 award’s theme of Reconciliation.

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