Built on Genocide is a large-scale installation by multidisciplinary Indigenous artist Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR, reflecting the historical events and colonial policies throughout Canada’s history that have deliberately undermined and destroyed Indigenous livelihoods. 

The work is influenced by the mass genocide of the buffalo as a result of the colonial railway expansion. The buffalo decimation is an underacknowledged but foundational aspect of “Canadian” history, with consequences that persist today. 

Built on Genocide will address the direct correlation between the genocide of the buffalo and the genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada. 

Date & Time

Opening September 22, 2021

Running until October 24, 2021

Luminato Online Experience

October 13, 2021, 7:30pm


Ontario Square, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8 Canada


What is the definition of GENOCIDE?

The UN GENOCIDE Convention defines GENOCIDE as, “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.” 

CANADA is guilty of GENOCIDE against INDIGENOUS people in the following ways.

These are some the most known examples of GENOCIDE. Many more exist.

GENOCIDE via Mass killing of the buffalo.

GENOCIDE via Starvation.

GENOCIDE via Implementation of the Indian act- circa 1876-2021.

GENOCIDE via Theft of land and resources.

GENOCIDE via Residential school.

GENOCIDE via The deaths of 35000 kids at residential schools.

GENOCIDE via Loss of hundreds of Indigenous languages.

GENOCIDE via 60’s Scoop.

GENOCIDE via Current apprehension of Indigenous children.

GENOCIDE via The over represention of Indigenous people in prisons.

GENOCIDE via Forced sterilization.

GENOCIDE via 6000 Missing & Murdered Indigenous women-girls-2S

154 Years of acts intended to DESTROY INDIGENOUS people prove GENOCIDE .