Lianne Marie Leda Charlie is a descendant of the Tagé Cho Hudän (Big River People), Northern Tutchone speaking people of the Yukon. She is the granddaughter of Leda Jimmy of Little Salmon River and Big Salmon Charlie of Big Salmon River on her dad’s side; and Donna Olsen of Denmark and Benjamin Larusson of Iceland on her mother’s side. She was born in Whitehorse, Yukon to her mother, Luanna Larusson and late father, Peter Charlie.Lianne is a political science instructor at Yukon College in Whitehorse and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Indigenous Politics at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. She creating digital photo collage as an Indigenous methodology.
Artist statement about her mural, Unceded Voices 2015 :
“I painted this native woman holding the trout (based on a pic of my auntie), and people from the local neighbourhood, passers-by, and friends added their collages, images and words directly to the wall using wheatpaste. Our contributions to the wall, together, attempt to counter the erasure of native people, place, and lifeways from parts of our homelands that are currently urban centres. At the same time, the collage/mural mirrors the complexity of urban spaces, and their potential for being the source new kinds of indigenous collective resurgence. Huge mussi cho | thank you to my friend and mentor Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde, and everyone who stopped by to help. “