Scotiabank Nuit Blanche


Concept Image, 2013

Suitable for all ages

Robin Tinney

The Trappings of Power

Robin Tinney - Toronto, Canada


An assortment of suspended animal traps represent the calculated intent and tremendous power of both historical and modern Governments to "trap" Aboriginal people as a means of controlling and exterminating them. Promises of money, rights, land, equality and self-government have proven to be very effective “bait”.

Aboriginal claim to the land has been challenged by war, disease, enforced segregation, starvation, genocide by status and writ of law. Both Provincial and Federal Governments have a history of violating Treaties and Agreements.

Curiously, modern Treaties and Agreements in Principle include a provision that protects the Governments from being held legally responsible for any past act or omission! They want absolution for all past sins, while actively working to continue the eradication of Aboriginals and their claims to the land.

Not OK Canadians!

Robin is an Algonquin artist who carves stone, bone and wood, as well as working on sculptural, community, interpretive and interactive projects.


David Pecaut Square, King St. West & John St. (Can be accessed from both King Street West and Wellington Street West), 416-531-7374

This project is outdoors.