Nadya Kwandibens


  • Concrete Indians - 10 Indigenous Lawyers – 2012
  • Chromogenic print
  • 61 x 91.4 cm
Concrete Indians - 10 Indigenous Lawyers

Concrete Indians is an open-call portraiture series started in 2008 that focuses on reflections of contemporary Indigenous identity and decolonization. Many portraits are of people in full or partial traditional regalia at major recognizable intersections and neighbourhoods in cities throughout Canada. Several portraits convey unity and solidarity among our own people, while others are personal reflections and expressions of decoloniality; all are assertions of the strength of Indigenous culture and identity through resurgent acts of resistance and the reclamation of Indigenous space(s).

Photographed in Vancouver, BC in April 2012, 10 Indigenous Lawyers centres the determination and leadership of Indigenous women who stand up and strive to uphold Indigenous rights within the justice system. It’s particularly empowering to spotlight the strength of Indigenous women in a field typically thought of as male-dominated. Indigenous laws are embodied within the lived strength and resiliency of Indigenous women and all of our matriarchs.

– Nadya Kwandibens

2018 billboard locations


Please note that not all digital billboards will be displaying Resilience consistently. Treaty, territory, and language information has been referenced from Native Land, and may be incomplete.