Spirit and the Masks is a story of reconciliation, the story embraces a changing climate for First Nations after enduring over 100 years of repression. Youth wanted to acknowledge their history of education, learn from that history and be inspired to choose what education might look like for their future.
The Colonizer character depicts control, a darker time in history and reflects a time where residential schools displaced family, culture and tradition. The bell represents enforcing the rule and the spirit represent reconciliation. The Spirit uses the drum and all that it represent to search out truth. The drum signifies the movement in change and empowers the First Nations inner spirits, rebirth and growth.
The Mask represents identity, the Colonizer and Bell force the First Nation to remove their identity and to give up on their heritage and culture. Its the practice of assimilation, divide and conquer then ridicule until the Spirit finds a way to break into the realm of despair and then regenerates a life style that was almost extinct.