Bernard attended two of the several field trips undertaken during the project, one to the ROM collection and later to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation on Manitoulin Island. In this role he provided many of the stills and video components for the individual projects and worked tirelessly to support the students’ unfolding aspirations. As a Métis/Anishinaabe person, Bernard related closely to the concept and creative potential of Uncover/Recover and was thrilled to serve on the project.
The car drive through a northern landscape in the opening sequence of the website is a metaphor for time travel, exploration, and discovery. The motion graphics represent stars – wayfinders for the individual projects and cultural references to the inner exploration each project represents. Anishinaabe musician David DeLeary and Bernard Leroux collaborated on this sequence, with Bernard Leroux providing the visuals and David DeLeary contributing his distinctive style of musical composition and audio production. David also created musical and sound components in key places throughout the site as a singer, songwriter, audio engineer, musician, vocalist and producer. His influence is evident throughout.
MAAIINGAN Productions led by David Shilling is an Indigenous web-developer, video production company, graphic design firm, and online publisher of MUSKRAT Magazine. MAAIINGAN began working with Uncover/Recover from late fall 2017, recording the project for an upcoming documentary video. MAAIINGAN also designed and implemented the Uncover/Recover website. MAAIINGAN took on the task of managing the convergence of many disparate components and media onto one complex website. They worked with us tirelessly to put the site together, helping us to stay on target and keeping the project moving forward through the many challenges we faced along the way. We are grateful that they always kept their cool during the production of this multi-faceted project.
Elisha Lim was the project manager for Uncover/Recover. Elisha was our rock. As the go-to person for coordination of the project, Elisha was a responsive and highly effective administrator and point person, helping us stay on track even when the track was a moving target from time to time. Her devotion to coordinating events and field trips, arranging studio and lab time, and helping the students in so many ways to complete the project was nothing short of inspiring.
Bonnie Devine was the project leader and instructor for Uncover/Recover. An Anishinaabe artist and educator, Bonnie developed the initial project proposal, the course curriculum, and in collaboration with OCAD University, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Province of Ontario secured the necessary academic and cultural supports and financial resources for the project. Her concern for the student’s experience and the excellence of the final project was a constant reminder of why we were there.
Uncover/Recover was a complex undertaking that required the resources, initiative, and creativity of all of us, a once in a lifetime project that we are all proud to have had such a significant role in creating.