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Signs of Your Identity, a FotoEvidence Book

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Rosalie Sewap attended the Guy Hill Indian Residential School (1959–1969): “We had to pray every day and ask for forgiveness. But forgiveness for what? When I was 7 I started being abused by a priest and a nun. They’d come around after dark with a flashlight and would take away one of the little girls almost every night. You never really heal from that. I turned into an alcoholic and it’s taken me a long time to escape that. I can’t forgive them. Never.” Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.

Pulitzer Center grantee Daniella Zalcman's "Signs of Your Identity" work is now available as a hardback book.

"Signs of Your Identity" documents stories of indigenous Canadians who were placed in boarding schools run by the Church in order to force their assimilation into the dominant culture. Zalcman uses double exposure portraits to portray her subjects. These multiple exposure portraits juxtaposes survivors who are still fighting to overcome the memories of their residential school experiences, with the sites where those schools once stood, government documents that enforced strategic assimilation and places where, even today, First Nations people struggle to access services that should be available to all Canadians.
Purchase the book here.

"Signs of Your Identity" is the fruit of the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award. The Book Award is given each year to a photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in documenting social injustice. The 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award was made possible through the generosity of the Grodzins Fund.