My mother was afflicted with an illness; she was a drug addict. Stemming from a complicated childhood, trauma, and not receiving the help and support she needed as an Indigenous woman. For many years, she had been estranged from my family, seeking treatment, incarcerated in Canadian jail systems. Therefore, writing letters became the main form of communication.
This letter series project gained more weight and meaning after September 5th, 2013, when, at the age of 40, my mother passed away in a Calgary, Alberta detox center. This winter, I wrote back a letter to communicate my grief and guilt in the form of a sign.