Peering Inward – this is me, at 50-something someone, wandering through my memories and examining my family’s stories, having come to the notion that who I am has a lot to do with who came before me. I am looking at these images from a varied distance. The Blueberry Camp is an image of my childhood, while Baptism at Black Bay relates the story of an ancient priest’s search for redemption in the saving of infidel souls. There are stories that my grandmother told me of her immigration to Northern Ontario and of my father’s childhood and adventures in the bush. These are stories from the edge of Rupert’s Land and I have a special set of circumstances to explore.The stories are of the lives of generations of a family that figure largely in the historical population of Canada’s northern territory. The circumstances of my family’s lives also illustrate the assimilation affected by the policies and goals of the dominating white European culture. In a series of paintings I call Becoming White I have used my family’s stories to describe these circumstances as well as the emotions and influences surrounding decisions made in each generation that resulted in a drift from a Native to a European cultural identity.