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The November 19, 2015 print edition of the Waterloo Chronicle featured a photograph of Melissa Johns on the cover. (photo by Adam Jackson)
The caption reads:
St. Paul's University College student Melissa Johns constructs a six-foot dream catcher at the Aboriginal Education Centre at the school on Friday. Johns decided to construct the dream catcher as a way of reconciling her “desire for community with the anxiety of feeling like an outsider.” Johns is a multimedia artist whose practice centers around exploring themes of intimacy, uncertainty, and mysticism. Her indigenous background is Mohawk and Upper Cayuga.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.